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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Now We'll Probably Never Get To Try Lion Meat

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The lion skewer photo that launched a thousand comments. - FACEBOOK/MOKUTANYA

Ever since news hit last week of $70 lion skewers at yakitori restaurant Mokutanya in Burlingame, we've been considering a visit despite the high price tag -- I mean, when else are you going to get a chance to try it?? But Inside Scoop brought news today that the restaurant has pulled the lion skewers from its menu, due to public pressure from social media (check out their Yelp reviews or Facebook page to see some of the outcry).

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Here's owner Jason Li's Saturday statement on its Facebook page.

"As of tonight, we will stop the sale of our lion meat skewers for an indefinite period of time. The decision was based upon the fact that the public at this moment is not ready for this type of offering, which is obviously voiced out on our Facebook page. Mokutanya would like to take this opportunity to apologize to those that may have been offended from this event."

A lot of the outcry seems to be around the misinformation that lions are an endangered species. They're not, but the lion supply in the world is going down. Fifty years ago there were more than 400,000 lions in the world; today there could be as few as 20,000. The lion meat in question here is farmed, not hunted, but the very act of consuming such a majestic beast still raises questions about the ethics of the thing.

We're curious about how lion meat would taste -- it seems like it would be rich and lean, maybe a little gamey or sweet like horse? -- but don't really want to pay the $200/pound sticker price of the meat from distributor to find out.

If you do try it, let us know. Otherwise, culinary thrill-seekers should probably stick to the cheaper and less ethically ambiguous sources of protein, like spiders, crickets, and other creepy crawly creatures.

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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