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 fiancé 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.

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  • Reply Angie Silver

    This look great! I love interactive places and food looks delish!Lots of love,Angie SilverSpoon London

    January 22, 2015 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Sharlynn Ng

    That table top BBQ bit looks FANTSTIC! I would totally take your advice and happily focus on the meats! That's too bad the sides were overpriced and average! Great shots! Now I want japanese food! Ugh!

    January 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Jane

    looks delicious!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Michelle Lim

    I love yakiniku. I had a really good one in Osaka, and the meat is just so fresh and good. But honestly, the one thing that brings it all to home, is the sauce! Nothing beats Japanese sauce!

    January 23, 2015 at 3:39 am
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