Article By Jin and Francis
B1, Zhong Da International Shopping Center, Gaoxin.
Average Price per Person /人均消费:110RMB
W hen you have a craving for meat, who wants to wait? Yep, that’s right. Nobody. So if you have a crazy desire to indulge in Japanese-style grilled meats, Nikugaiya is place to get your fix. With high quality cuts served instantly and cooked almost as fast on a grill inset into your table, your cravings will surely be satisfied.
When we arrived at Nikugaiya, located at the back of “Little Europe” on the B1 floor of Zhongda International Shopping Center (the one in Gaoxin), we were seated immediately. To order, you can simply scan the QR code on the table. We tried two set meals – one with thinly sliced wagyu steak and the other with thinly sliced brisket.
Each table is outfitted with its own custom individual grill. This includes personal grills at the bar for individual patrons. Additionally, each table has a salt and pepper grinder, as well as sour miso and barbecue sauces.
The set meals appeared almost too fast to believe. We had barely gotten a chance to look around before we had large trays of food before us. On our trays were many different plates. The largest plate was of meat, a personal but not ungenerous portion. The wagyu slices were beautiful with snow-flake like marbling.
In addition to the meat there were also two salads, one a small seaweed salad and the other one larger with crispy lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and corn with tangy Japanese dressing. Additionally a bowl of rice topped with aonori (dried seaweed flakes), as well as a raw egg to dip the cooked meat into.
The preheated grill was already red-hot so we started cooking. The thinly sliced meat cooked quite quickly. In a matter of seconds, it was ready to eat. We also tried the tongue and tripe. They were both tasty, with the fatty intestine producing a veritable firestorm. Our favorites of course were the wagyu cuts, with their eye-pleasing marbling that produced a glistening sheen on the grill.
Our recommendation? Enthusiastic! We highly advise you to try as soon as possible. Be sure to bring at least a friend or two (otherwise, you won’t be able to sample as many meats by yourself!) Another note – there are private rooms available, named “sirloin” and “ribeye.” Call ahead to reserve. Finally, they also have two other locations: one located in Zhangba and the other just north of South Gate in the other Zhongda International (not to be confused with the one in Gaoxin).
Check it out and let us know what you think!
Jin and Francis are both teachers in Xi’an and we love exploring food. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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