Along the quieter roads of Jalan Aminuddin Baki in Taman Tun Dr Ismail lies a hidden gem. Literally. Even though both gNOMes are pretty well versed with Taman Tun Dr Ismail but we have never known of Gyuniku’s existence until yesterday! Famed for their imported New Zealand beef dishes, Gyuniku planted their 2nd outlet in Taman Tun Dr Ismail after the huge success of their inaugural outlet in Desa Sri Hartamas. Their first outlet in Desa Sri Hartamas opened in 2002, Taman Tun Dr Ismail’s outlet in 2013 and the addition of a 3rd outlet in Central Market, KL, which is only 7 months old.
Bet GYUNIKU first strike you as a Japanese eatery that specializes in beef, right? Well, we had the same notion as well. Little did we know that Gyuniku Signature is a place full of tradition, where their founders of Gyuniku Signature holds strongly to their passion for traditional food.
Founded by Mr. Wagner Boo and his partners, with a strong emphasis on preservation of traditional meals and cooking methods, coupled with a keen sense of adventure to constantly provide new “character” to old favorites, Gyuniku caters to the Malaysian’s Malaysian and is a place for ALL to dine in.
Just 5 minutes into a chat with Mr. Boo and you will find a true Malaysian who is passionate about his food, and who embodies the spirit of a united Malaysia. Even a look at his staff will tell you this is an establishment that practices equal opportunities, as Mr. Boo himself says, “Everyone who is passionate about food is welcome in my kitchen!”
With a huge mascot lit up so brightly at night, Gyuniku Signature is impossible to be missed!
Quench your thirst with the very soothing yet refreshing Cucumber Juice (RM4.50). Cucumbers freshly crushed and very slightly sweetened.
A bowl of Mixed Beef Koay Teow Soup Special (RM16). One of Gyuniku’s best seller, and we believe many would agree to that. A rich bowl of beefy parts, beef ball, ox tongue, tripe, brisket, sliced beef, shank and tendon coupled with beef broth makes up for this palatable and flavourful food. The amazing thing about this dish was that every single beef part included in this bowl was soft and easy to chew, unlike at most other places where one or two parts of beef will definitely be harder as a sacrifice to make other parts softer. The broth was also very natural and homemade.
Sautéed Beef Rice (RM13). Sautéed beef served with steamed rice, egg and vegetables. The moment this one goes in the mouth, you instantly go back to the time where your grandmother or mother cooked soft and yummy chinese beef gravy. The result is a very comforting dish that one just enjoys to the last bite.
And now, introducing Chef Rizal’s latest mastermind, his pride, the Beef Bone Soup or we Malaysians know as, the Sup Tulang.
Double-boiled soup which recipe has been experimented over a period of months, This soup is filled with carefully selected herbs and spices. With the addition of New Zealand imported beef bone and various Malaysian spices, this bowl of Sup Tulang is truly to die for!
Signature Tamarind Beef Bone Soup (RM16). When the soup hits the mouth, a thick, mix of sweet, savoury and sour hits the palate. This is one unique take on ‘sup tulang‘, and it does a very convincing job as well. Sink your teeth into the beef and the meat instantly rips off bone. Soft and tender, the gNOMes soon found ourselves licking every bone and drying out the soup.
Verdict: The best compliment the gNOMes can give this place is that the food served here is very REAL. No pretense, no fancy names, just straightforward, honest and genuine food. Every dish has its own unique “character”, and the gNOMes will definitely be back with friends! Oh, but don’t let the chinese-shop appearance fool you, this place is indeed HALAL, and takes great efforts to ensure so.
How to get there :
Address : 109, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact Number : +603-7733 8828
Opening Hours : Tuesdays to Sundays. 1200 hours till 2100 hours. Closed on Mondays.