kintan japanese bbq

If you're a passionate meat lover, you're going to like this.

In Japan, we call this "Yakiniku" - literally meaning cooked meat. Much like Korean BBQ (remember when I reviewed Koba?), it's all about grilling the seasoned and marinated meat at the table, accompanied by lettuce for wrapping and a few side dishes.

I was very excited to be given a voucher from Zomato for Kintan, and headed there for dinner last month with E and C - it was a shame C's fiancΓ© was away as he would have enjoyed this!

The place was buzzing, clearly a popular spot despite being relatively new. I also heard a few conversations in Japanese going on - always a good sign!

We had a generous selection of beef and pork (the best meats for this sort of thing in my opinion, although he menu also offers chicken and seafood), as well as gyoza, seaweed salad. noodles and karaage chicken on the side. The chicken and salad were great, but the noodles and gyoza were subpar.

But we weren't disappointed with the main event - the meat was flavourful, fresh and high quality. The Kalbi is a must, it's always the best! With some lettuce leaves and steamed rice, we had no problem polishing it all off.

And we somehow still had room for dessert - E went for his favourite, matcha ice cream, while C and I chose mochi ice (mochi filled with ice cream - sounds weird, tastes delicious). It was all nice, but nothing spectacular.

Would I recommend Kintan? Yes, but take my advice and focus solely on the meat - skip the sides and just indulge in the BBQ. While I felt that the sides and dessert were overpriced, the meat is reasonable for what it is and you won't get much cheaper in any other similar places. And the taste definitely won't disappoint.

Thank you to Zomato for the voucher that contributed to this meal - you can find my Zomato profile and reviews here.