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Burlingame Restaurant Offers Lion Meat Amid Controversy
CBS Local ^ | May 17, 2013

Posted on 05/20/2013 1:44:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A skewer of farm-raised African lion meat being served at Mokatanya Yakitori Restaurant in Burlingame. (CBS) Filed Under

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Animals, Burlingame, Exotic Animals, Food, Lion, Lion Meat, Mokutanya Yakitori Restaurant, Restaurants, Threatened Species BURLINGAME (KPIX 5) — A restaurant on the Peninsula known for its exotic fare has caused a bit of an uproar over a new menu item. For foodies who are interested in the controversial dish, it does not come cheap.

At Mokutanya Yakitori Restaurant in Burlingame, the mane course on Thursday was lion.

“It was really good,” said Mike Manole of San Mateo. “It was a little chewier than I expected but it was really juicy and had a lot of flavor.”

Commonly known as the king of the jungle, the toughest animal out there is turning out to be kind of tough himself.

“It’s a little tougher than I expected. It’s kind of between beef and chicken,” said Andy Lee of San Mateo.

Mokutanya is known for its exotic fare, including peacock and swan. The restaurant just received a shipment of lion on Thursday.

“I had it last year. And then I sold out in a week,” said Jason Li of Mokutanya.

The meat is farm-raised African lion that comes from Illinois. One skewer, three cubes, five ounces will set a customer back $70.

“I believe it’s very hard to get. I did not bargain on the price,” Li said.

He also didn’t bargain on the controversy it has caused here and at the few other restaurants around the country where lion is on the menu.

“People, like here, are eating lion then the demand goes up,” a customer who did not give her name told KPIX 5. “And if the demand goes up, then the threat on lions might go up as well.”

The woman is a regular customer, an animal lover, but she is among those who are outraged.

While it is not illegal to serve lion, Brandy Kuentzel of the SPCA said the animal is at risk of going extinct.

Kuentzel said the lion is listed as a threatened species, and not an endangered one, so it falls into a crack in the legal system, and a crack in regulation.

“Between the USDA and FDA, so they really aren’t regulated by one industry from start to finish,” she said.

A restaurant in Florida was also hit with protests over serving lion and quit offering it on the menu. There are no plans to do that here.

“If no one buys it, they won’t farm raise it anyway. If we went to hunt it, then it’s a different thing,” Li said.

Li told KPIX 5 he has enough lion to serve customers for the next two weeks.


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This restaurant puts the, "game," in Burlingame.

1 posted on 05/20/2013 1:44:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: martin_fierro

Some places in the Bay Area serve weird meats, I’m not lyin’.


2 posted on 05/20/2013 1:45:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

After all, it would eat you.


3 posted on 05/20/2013 1:45:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I tried to get a reservation to this place, but it was a zoo...


4 posted on 05/20/2013 1:47:21 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

Big kitties in danger in CA


5 posted on 05/20/2013 1:47:42 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: nickcarraway

Bushmeat!


6 posted on 05/20/2013 1:47:54 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mmogamer
In Soviet Russia, lion eats you!

7 posted on 05/20/2013 1:49:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Mmogamer

Is it still bushmeat if it’s farm-raised?


8 posted on 05/20/2013 1:49:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Purrrrect


9 posted on 05/20/2013 1:53:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do uwhen I have a fire.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well at least the stray neighborhood kitties are safe. Lion meat—chinese food for the upscale.


10 posted on 05/20/2013 1:56:04 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: nickcarraway

Cops found monkey meat on sale in New York not long ago. The inevitable results of “diversity”.


11 posted on 05/20/2013 1:57:34 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

Is monkey meat illegal?


12 posted on 05/20/2013 1:59:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Uh.. I dunno I suppose not.


13 posted on 05/20/2013 2:05:00 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; ...
The meat is farm-raised African lion that comes from Illinois. One skewer, three cubes, five ounces will set a customer back $70.

If I said this was a good deal, I'd be lion.


14 posted on 05/20/2013 2:06:17 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.nysun.com/new-york/dispute-over-monkey-meat-hits-on-religious-freedom/60839/

Of course, some leftist nitwits are arguing that it’s a case of religious freedom, but monkey meat can carry some BAD diseases.


15 posted on 05/20/2013 2:07:38 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: nickcarraway
Reports are it tastes remarkably like chicken.


16 posted on 05/20/2013 2:10:45 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: nickcarraway; KC_Lion; Bender2

I only eat Vegan Lion....

Cause I am on a Diet...

17 posted on 05/20/2013 2:15:56 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG
I like Manticore myself.


18 posted on 05/20/2013 2:21:59 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: GraceG
We taught a lion to eat tofu.
19 posted on 05/20/2013 2:26:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I had elephant meat at an Ethiopian joint years ago. It was either in San Jose or Milpitas if I recall correctly.


20 posted on 05/20/2013 2:39:33 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: nickcarraway

I Tot I Taw A putty Tat.... I did tee a Putty Tat, and it was delicious...


21 posted on 05/20/2013 2:50:55 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: nickcarraway

[[Is it still bushmeat if it’s farm-raised?]]

As long as it was near ab bush when it was taken, sure.


22 posted on 05/20/2013 2:51:44 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Lion is not very good IMHO. Zebra is very good.
23 posted on 05/20/2013 2:52:15 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if it tastes any good.


24 posted on 05/20/2013 2:59:05 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

I believe it. Herbivores usually taste better than carnivores.

BTW, I had bear once. Tough, but good. Very rich taste.


25 posted on 05/20/2013 3:00:55 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: nickcarraway
I ate some Lion, many moons ago. A planter in Greenwood Ms shot one in Africa and brought some meat home. He BBQed it for some friends and I was lucky enough to get an invite.
Even after extensive preparation it was tough, the antelope was gamy, but better.
26 posted on 05/20/2013 3:12:36 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

You see everything in black and white!


27 posted on 05/20/2013 3:16:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

Let me guess, it wasn’t prepared too hot, it wasn’t prepared too cold, it was just right.


28 posted on 05/20/2013 3:18:53 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
*snicker*

Took some visitors around Kenya.

The first day it was "Look! Zebras!"

The third day it was, "oh, more zebras."

The seventh day it was, "just run over the < censored > things".

29 posted on 05/20/2013 3:22:14 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

When I was in England they pronounced zebra to rhyme with Debra.


30 posted on 05/20/2013 3:25:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Sorry, but I'm not eating any carnivores.

Cattle, elk and buffalo are herbivores. Fish are carnivores. Pigs and chickens are omnivores, so they're marginal in my book.

31 posted on 05/20/2013 4:10:47 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper
What's is the reason why you like herbivores, but not carnivores?



They supposedly cut down on this in the 90s, but cattle where, possibly still are, fed meat, including other cows.

32 posted on 05/20/2013 4:13:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

To each his own. I’ll pass.


33 posted on 05/20/2013 4:17:23 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican, no Conservative was on the ballot. 969 yall.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to go to a sketchy Chinese restaurant if you want to eat cat?


34 posted on 05/20/2013 4:32:29 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ack!


35 posted on 05/20/2013 4:44:27 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (Only you can choose to give up your rights.)
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To: nickcarraway
What's is the reason why you like herbivores, but not carnivores?

I don't eat vegetables. My food eats vegetables. There is food and there is feed. Feed is what food eats.

Cattle haven't been fed animal products since "Mad Cow Disease", and mine never did.

36 posted on 05/20/2013 4:44:48 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: nickcarraway

Having seen lions in the wild I'd never want to eat one regardless of how good they might taste.Spotted Owl,OTOH,is quite tasty they say.

37 posted on 05/20/2013 4:58:27 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

38 posted on 05/20/2013 5:35:15 PM PDT by Daffynition (Stand Your Ground)
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To: nickcarraway
Is it tender lion??? (Southern pun humor)
39 posted on 05/20/2013 6:01:41 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, but I kept finding these blonde hairs in it...


40 posted on 05/20/2013 6:10:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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41 posted on 05/20/2013 9:21:20 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: elkfersupper

Grass eaters make the best meat.

Every carnivore I have consumed was ‘different’.

Elk are yummy, bear not so much.

If your hungry thou, all bets are off.


42 posted on 05/20/2013 10:39:42 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: glasseye

Vegetables are what food eats.


43 posted on 05/20/2013 10:41:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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