鐵屋

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Address: 上海市程家桥支路210号 (或虹虫路388弄16号在程家桥支路上)莲荷国生活馆5楼

Telephone: (+86) 021-6209-0253

Fax: (+86) 021-6208-3165

Mobile: (+86) 136-6142-4964

Type of Food: Korean/Japanese Barbecue

Affectionally called “Very Good Beef Place” by my father and I, 鐵屋 hands down has one of the best beef BBQ I’ve ever had (sourced from Dalian, China) and I pride myself on being a self-proclaimed beef connoisseur. It’s so rare in Shanghai, or anywhere in China, to find places serving BBQ with high quality and delicious beef. The downsides of this restaurant are that the location is a little sketchy, and it’s deep in the Hongqiao area; very far from where I live in Pudong New Area. Located in the same building as the SECA Fencing Academy, to get to 鐵屋, you must use the left side lift to get to the 5th floor, then turn right once getting off the lift. Don’t be alarmed or frightened by the surrounding area, while the outside may not be as clean or city-like, the restaurant itself is extremely clean and very well decorated. It’s a small restaurant with a main floor with about 6 tables, a counter seating 4, and several rooms for parties. My dad and I love this place so much we make it a point to come once a month. The price is reasonable, however, the menu is all in Chinese with no English option. The people who frequent this establishment are usually regulars so they know what to order. My dad and I always order one serving of salad (蔬菜沙拉), one serving of Oxtail soup non-spicy (牛尾汤不辣), one serving of ox tongue (牛舌), one serving of their less fatty beef (第二个好的牛肉,不要太肥), and one serving of the best beef they have (最好的牛肉). The service here is top-notch with all the staff members being very warm, welcoming, and willing to help you with whatever you need. HOWEVER, they all only speak Chinese with extremely limited English. It’s good to note that they only serve beef and pork, no chicken (sorry chicken fans!). People mainly come here for the beef as its grade A4 (or A5 if they still have it) and it melts in your mouth. I like to squeeze a little bit of lemon juice on my beef instead of dunking it into the sauces they provide, I think sauces ruins the flavour. Overall, this restaurant provides a calm atmosphere (bonus: there is no smoke smell unlike most BBQ restaurants), good service, and extremely good food. I highly recommend it, I just wish they would move to a better location. I’ve tried other Japanese/Korean yakiniku places and they just don’t compare. Kanpai, located on 5th on the Bund, is another Japanese/Korean yakiniku place and while their location is outstanding, their beef just isn’t up to the standard. Boasting Australian Wagyu, their beef is too fatty and just doesn’t have the quality beef taste I love. So-so beef for double, sometimes triple, the price of  鐵屋.

Food: 10/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Location: 3/10

Wait Staff: 9/10

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