You’ve sat at a sushi bar, snuggled at a ski chalet, and bean-bagged it up at a rooftop cinema. So what next on the ‘date with a difference’ agenda? Somewhere that gives you a bit of interaction and ice breaking yet adds rather than detracts from conversational flirtation. Cue: Kintan. A Japanese Barbecue concept that provides enough meat to satisfy the carnal instincts of the toughest of cavemen, yet lends itself as perfectly to a couple’s dinner – from the most established, to the newly courting. Each table has its own grill, and you will be brought platters of meat to cook yourself over the warming glow.
Go for one of the set menus. Don’t be put off by the fact that the menus have photos – this place is authentic and it’ll be full of Japanese. Expect a lot of meat – arrive hungry and start with some sparkling sake (if you’ve never had it, it’s a good talking point). The emphasis is on beef here so enjoy the oozing strips of Sirloin and ensure you try the Filet Mignon. For variation, both the scallops and tiger prawns are excellent and halloumi cheese is a nice way to finish. Drinks wise, stick to Japanese – be it beer, sake or Shochu cocktails.
Its central location makes Kintan a good place to meet after work and it’s obvious enough that you can just find each other at the table, which you should absolutely book as this place is often full in the evenings. There are some excellent two seaters, or go opposite each other to gaze adoringly across your heated grills. On that note, things can heat up a little so wear layers that you can shed (seductively if possible). Take out any choice and opt for a set menu – there are a few to choose from but it’ll save you from feeling self-conscious about just how much meat you can happily consume. Cook for the other; this is oh so simple but a great little gesture – “here, this is a good bit”…of meat. Try to pace yourself slightly to avoid crashing and burning, and continue into the night where you can ‘accidentally’ swing by the ever romantic Rosewood for a nightcap.
Not for a veggie, obvs.