I had dinner on Saturday night at Gyu-Kaku in Torrance. My friend and I arrived about 6PM. The restaurant wasn't busy when we got there, only 2 or 3 other tables. We were expecting the place to have a decent sized crowd from what other hounds said about the wait at the other locations. My friend told me she heard that the manager was fired recently because business at the Torrance location wasn't doing so well.
As for the two of us, we ordered:
Premium Kalbi Shortribs Tare
Harami Lemon Shio
Thick Astugiri Tounge
Black Pepper Calamari
All the beef dishes we ordered were pretty tasty. I couldn't tell you which one I liked the best since they were all good. The shrimp and calamari we ordered were okay, nothing special but not bad either. The original bibimba with chicken was good, but I didn't notice any chicken in it when I was eating it.
During our dinner, the server changed our grill twice and gave up clean plates twice too. Service was decent, but sometimes it took a few minutes to have them come by again when we need to order more or ask for something. While we were eating, a single man sat down at the table next to us. As soon as he sat down, he ordered teriyaki chicken. he server probably should have asked him if it was his first time there and if he's tried yakiniku before. When they brought out the uncooked plate of chicken, he didn't know what to do with it and that rice wasn't included. When they tried to explain to him the use of the bbq, he put the entire plate, including the dish, right on top of the grill.
Does there happen to be a good yakiniku restaurant in OC or is Korean BBQ my only option?