O Grill Yakiniku is located on Newton Street close to Kingsway. It’s a bit hidden, so you definitely need to rely on Google Maps to get here. They serve Taiwanese and Japanese food.
I came here with the lovely Chinesebites crew to check out what O Grill Yakiniku has to offer.
There are lots of booth seating but even with the vents it can still get a bit smokey inside. When we went, it was really cold and the heat of the grill didn’t help us keep warm either.
Chicken Karrage with fried basil. It was pretty good but did remind me more of Salt and Peppery Chicken.
Deep Fried Squid was good too. A bit oily, but still good. I’d still choose his over the salt and peppery chicken because of the texture of the squid.
Sweet Potato Balls with condensed milk and crushed nuts. Surprisingly a great item to order if you want to munch on something. It was like eating fried mochi balls.
Asparagus Salad was a strange thing to see here drizzled with a creamy sauce kinda like Thousand Island. I think it would have been better if it was just raw asparagus, so you can grill it.
Ground Pork on Rice was average, but could have used a touch of more sauce
Pork Jowl was severely frozen and didn’t look appetizing.
When the pork jowl hit the grill and started thawing, you can tell there was lot of fat content in these little babies. The sight was so beautiful. Sizzling on the grill and creating a lot of fire and smoke. It was quite fun.
When you have a grill right in front of your table, you know you need to get some meat on the grill and hear the sizzle.
They have 2 house sauces, so you can dunk your meat into them to have more flavour.
Premium Short Ribs looked so delicious and we couldn’t wait to get cooking.
The sight of deliciousness.
Beef Tongue was also quite frozen from the look of it. The tongue after it’s cooked is still a tad tough and bland.
Rib steak came in small cubes and it’s also frozen.
Garlic Prawns were deveined and tasted good after being grilled.
Spicy and Basil Chicken was good with the marinade, it certainly added flavour to it. Since it is chicken, you have cook it all the way or else you might get sick.
Mixed Mushrooms come hot to the table, so you don’t need to stick it on the grill. I love mushrooms, so I slurped up this dish.
Round 2 of more delicious meat!
Corn needed a bit of roasting before sinking your teeth into these kernels.
Pork Belly was a bit thin and cut into smaller pieces. This is essentially bacon.
Beef Toro is like the bacon of the cow.
Beef Finger is what is was called on the menu. We didn’t think cows really had fingers but it’s actually the meat between the ribs.
All the meat tasted fine, but since most of them didn’t have sauce that marinated it, it was a bit bland. So, you can dunk it in their house sauces or put on some salt and pepper to bring out the flavour.
One thing that sucked about the grills is that all the heat would be mainly in the centre, so it cooked the meat very unevenly. They recommended us to only cook a few pieces at a time, leaving us a little bit impatient since there was lot of meat to cook.
I much prefer the grills at places like Gyu Kaku.
Green Tea Ice Cream was the normal stuff.
Caramel ice cream with a caramel drizzle and some choco sticks.
Milky Pudding comes with your choice of red bean or strawberry sauce.
Egg Pudding was really good and satisfying at the end of the meal. Probably my favourite out of all the desserts.
Overall, I probably would not revisit this place again. A majority of the meat was frozen and the grill was very weak. Not very impressive at all. I might as well grill my meat at home and feel more comfortable.
They should really just thaw their meats and add more more marinade to bring out the flavours of the meat.
We Rate O Grill:
4992 Newton St