A new item on the menu at a Bay Area restaurant has pitted foodies against animal activists.
Mokutanya Yakitori Restaurant in Burlingame is now serving lion's meat, which is reportedly as tough as the animal itself. The restaurant, which is known for its exotic meats, including peacock and swan, received its first shipment of the cat meat yesterday.
And it's not cheap.
As CBS News reports, the meat, which is farm-raised African lion shipped from from Illinois, costs $70 for one skewer, which is three cubes or five ounces of meat.
"I had it last year. And then I sold out in a week," Jason Li of Mokutanya told CBS.
But animal lovers are roaring mad about this one; only a few other restaurants in the country reportedly serve the yummy (?) feline.
Brandy Kuentzel, spokeswoman with the SF SPCA acknowledged that while it's not illegal to serve lion on the menu, it's certainly not nice. She noted the animal is already listed as a threatened species and is at risk of going extinct.
But what's done is done, and the restaurant has at least two weeks worth of lion's meat to sell, so if you're feeling brave, head on down to the Peninsula and dine on some lion -- it could be the only chance for you to eat it before it eats you.