5 Spots All Meat-Lovers Have To Go To
Explore the different ways to experience red meat across Asia
It is normal to get the “meat sweats” just thinking about the amazing experiences and interpretations of this wonderful protein across Asia. Take a look below at some of the most unique finds in each city as every style tells its own unique story.
You know you're getting quality beef when there are two plus signs in the name of the restaurant. As you might have already guessed, this refined temple of meat serves Korean Hanwoo 1++ grade beef in the form of the much loved Korean BBQ. There are a lot of dishes on their menu that you can't miss but if we had to pick one we'd say the Bulgogi will definitely win your meat-loving heart over. If you wish to pair your premium cut with a soothing bottle of vino then do so, there is no corkage fee - we'll toast to that!
Out of all of Taipei's Yakiniku restaurants, Da Wan is without question top boss. This restaurant concentrates on serving high-quality beef and pork cuts as well as creating the perfect cozy atmosphere for diners to fully enjoy their BBQ experience. Unlike most Japanese BBQ joints Da Wan doesn't allow its customers to barbecue their own cuts - no, no, no - that's what the real chef is there for. Da Wan really wants people to fully enjoy a well-grilled meat, that's why you're just there to enjoy - leave the grilling to the professionals ;)
If you ask locals and expat where the best yakitori in town is, their answer will most probably be Jomon Roppongi. Located in the tangled streets of the bustling Roppongi district, this joint is literally a hidden gem that is definitely worth the search. The insides of this master izakaya joint seem a bit too tight at first, but it won't be long until you find yourself enjoying the communal environment. Their menu covers all the basic delicious yakitori meat combos and a meal of the day. Our recommendations would be the Sukiyaki (thinly sliced beef marinated in sweet soy broth and served with egg yolk), Bara (pork belly), Hanasaki Nankotsu (pork tendons), Yotsumi (young chicken thighs) and the Zabuton (beef chuck flap) to name a few.
Back at it again with the Yakitori. Oh cmon, we know you love it. Hong Kong also possesses another hidden yakitori gem that is quite an adventure to find - but hey! it's all part of the yakitori experience. Once you're inside this concealed bbq joint you'll be welcome by a line-up of good ole sake bottles, enthusiastic staff, and the smell of hot skewers covered in BBQ sauce. Their menu features all sorts of yakitori deliciousness which can make it hard to decide but we recommend the ox tongue, chicken skin or mushroom skewers, and the foie gras egg rice, you're welcome.
Just north of the Forbidden City lies Mongolian hot pot heaven. This castle of hotpot has lamb meat cuts that have locals, tourists, politicians and even celebrities lining up outside their door. Once inside the premises, you'll be given your own cauldron and an assortment of meat cuts to choose from but like we said before, the lamb is what you can't miss out on. If you're new to hot pot-style dining, fear not! The staff in this eatery is very welcoming and will more than gladly guide you through your meal if necessary.