Gooburg presents a modern take on the classic yoshoku Hamburg steak, producing both mixed-meat (pork and beef) and 100% beef versions. These are hefty and meaty, lightly browned on the surface but very tender in the middle - so tender that they're served with chopsticks rather than knife and fork. Each "hamburg" is served on a sizzling hot metal plate that arrives with a protective brown-paper wrapper to control splatter.
Variations include bacon and cheese toppings, Japanese grated daikon, and a vegetable-heavy version served with ten different vegetables like cauliflower, kabocha pumpkin, bean sprouts and lotus root. There are also seasonal specials, such as the autumn hamburg served with enoki mushrooms in a porcini-mushroom-flavored sauce. Toasted garlic chips make a nice optional add-on.
Hamburg steaks start at around Y700 a la carte, with side dishes like Caesar salad starting around Y400. Drinks include five or six inexpensive wines, whiskey, cocktails and soft drinks. The restaurant decor is evocative of a family restaurant, somewhat brightly lit, with inoffensive pop music playing in the background.
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