Carnivore /ˈkɑrnɪvɔər/- meaning meat eater
How do you like your meat? Are you a steak and potatoes kind of person, or are you more of the fried chicken kind? Maybe all of the above? Either way, I’ve got you covered with a list of some of my favorite places to go to when I’m feeling carnivorous. There is a lot of variety here in styles of cooking and types of meat. And they all do it well!
Japanese barbeque has a wide variety of delicious meats that you can throw on the grill, ranging from beef, squid, duck (must order!), chicken, etc. But if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you should try the cow tongue, intestines, or chicken cartilage! Kanpai is one of the best BBQ places to go with a group, and there is a nice selection of beer and sake, which are almost as important as the meat. There are many locations to choose from, all with slightly different themes, though the menu is nearly the same.
The name says it all. If you’re craving a nice juicy steak, this is the place to go. One of the items that Butcher’s Kitchen is most popular for is a giant Tomahawk steak. Cooked to absolute perfection (all of their steaks are), it comes on a wooden board with some greens and roasted garlic. The tomahawk is great to share among a few people, just read the fine print: 1 KG is N$4800, but boy is it worth it.
#1, Alley 30, JinHua St.
This place has the freshest of the fresh in terms of hotpot. All of the meat is “made” the same day, and they use everything, nose to tail, so there are a lot of options to choose from. The pot comes ready with some vegetables that make for a sweet soup base. Throwing in the meat gives it even more depth to the flavor. They also have some stir fried options that go deliciously with a bowl of rice. It’s great for after work or a late night out because it’s open 5pm-3am!
512-1, Sec. 4, BaDe Road
Huang Oppa Chicken
There’s a new KFC in town (“Korean” Fried Chicken). Oppa has finger lickin’ good fried chicken, but it also has Korean Barbeque and spicy chicken stir-fry topped with cheese or noodles! The menu isn’t that extensive, but what they do have, they do well. Everything that comes out of the kitchen will satisfy your taste buds. Plus, the owner and the staff are all Korean, so you know you’re getting some pretty great authentic tasting food.
7-1, Alley 131, YanJi St.
Lawry’s Prime Rib
Lawry’s was established in California in 1983. Now it’s made it’s way all through out the U.S and Asia. The wonderful thing about Lawry’s is that they’re consistent in service, decor, taste, and prices every time you go. It tastes just as good here as it does anywhere else in the world. The main event is definitely the thick cut of medium-rare prime rib. Be sure to bring your appetite or you’ll be bringing home leftovers!
B1, 105, SongRen Road
Taipei Mei Shi Xiao Guan 台北美食小館
This place hadn’t been on my radar till recently and I was definitely missing out! They have a wide range of traditional Taiwanese dishes that are super tasty, and that you don’t usually see at other places. Stir-fry, soup, seafood, hotpot, the list goes on. One special dish that Taipei Mei Shi Xiao Guan is known for, is its giant lion heads (shizi tou 獅子頭), huge pork meatballs that are bigger than my fist. Just as large in flavor, they bathe in a clay pot along with vegetables and glass noodles.
9, Alley 61, Linsen South Road
Ben Shabu Shabu 犇極鍋物
If you’re feeling a bit fancy and want to enjoy some decadent Wagyu beef and fresh seafood, Ben Shabu Shabu is a luxurious hot pot restaurant that you should roll into. The hot pot is made with a simple Japanese dashi stock so it doesn’t overpower the true flavors of the top-quality ingredients you are mixing in. The restaurant also provides great table service, so all you have to focus on is getting the food into your stomach. It’s definitely a splurge, but I promise that once the silky, beefy, medium-rare sheets of heaven melt in your mouth, you won’t regret a thing.
P.S they also have delicious appetizers and nigiri sushi.
No. 4, Sec. 1, AnHe Rd.
Tao Yuan Jie Beef Noodle Shop 桃園街牛肉面
One of the best local hole-in-the-wall spots that I have ever come across, Taoyuan Jie Beef noodle serves up an amazing beef noodle and steamed pork-rib rice. The noodles have a perfect al dente texture and the beef is nice and tender. The tables also have a big bowl of home made mustard greens that are the perfect addition to your bowl of beef noodles. Also remember not to skip the steamed pork rib rice, and get your own because you won’t want to share.
No. 15, Taoyuan St.
Of course, many restaurants in Taipei serve all kinds of options for delicious meat, but the ones I listed here make their money on having the best meat available. These are just some of my favorites, but there are a lot more in Taipei! Let me know in the comments below which places are your favorite when you’re feeling carnivorous!
＊Lion photo courtesy of Tabako