It's hard to resist yummy and juicy meat, especially if it's halal wagyu yakiniku (Japanese BBQ meat) in Japan!
If you're making plans to visit Japan and making a stop at Kyoto, there's one restaurant you have to try - Nanzan Gyu Terroir! The restaurant is famous among Muslim travellers as it serves halal wagyu yakiniku ? Previously, you could only savour its deliciously grilled meat at its outlet in Shimogamo but with the opening of another outlet at JR Kyoto Station, it's so much easier to enjoy Nanzan's scrumptious offerings now!
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Although the menu at this outlet is limited and you can't grill your own meat, they still offer a variety of halal wagyu dishes from wagyu don (rice bowls) to wagyu steaks and even a wagyu steak bento for you to take away. The prices range from JPY3240 to JPY6912 which are what you'd expect for wagyu. Though the whole store isn't halal-certified, the halal wagyu is certified by the Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs.
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The wagyu used at Nanzan is called kyotankuro wagyu which is bred in a city north of Kyoto and facing the Sea of Japan. The cattle are fed with soy pulp (Kyoto okara), soy sauce lees, local grass and rice.
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Thanks to the cattle's healthy diet, what you get is melt-in-your-mouth goodness and you can instantly taste the difference from normal beef! Not to mention that it's super tender, with a slightly sweet taste from the fat ? You can also add some salt or wasabi to enhance the taste of the wagyu meat.
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If it's your first time and you're not sure what you should try, some of the recommended dishes are the Wagyu Steak Don and Wagyu Beef Loin Steak. For those of you who are on a budget but would still like to try wagyu, then the Wagyu Yakiniku Don is your best bet ?
So, if Kyoto is on your itinerary for your year-end vacation, be sure to put Nanzan on the list! The best part is that it's located right at the JR Kyoto Station, so it won't be a hassle to get to. SHARE this with your travel buddies and have a satisfying wagyu meal ?
Halal status: Halal menu available. Halal wagyu meat is certified by Kyoto Council for Sharia and Halal Affairs and items in halal menu are prepared using Muslim-friendly sauces and seasonings. Though the restaurant isn't halal-certified, no pork or pork-based items are served. Do note that alcohol and other non-halal beef is served in the restaurant. We advise you to dine at your own discretion.
Average price of main dishes: JPY5000
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 4pm-10pm daily
Address: 3F, Kyoto Station West Exit (Kaisatsu-Mae Eat Paradise), JR Kyoto Isetan Restoran-gai, Higashi Shiokouji-cho, Shiokoujisagaru, Karasumi-doori, Shimogyoku, Kyoto 600-8212
Contact: +81 75-361-7357