Shenzhen Restaurant Review: Wagyu Lab

By Jonathan Zhong, April 30, 2019

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The Place

The latest in a procession of so-called foodie labs in the city, Wagyu Lab recently opened at Wongtee Plaza in the heart of Futian District.

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Located on the third floor of the shopping mall, this fine-dining eatery specializes in beef that’s said to be from Australian Wagyu cattle that are raised listening to music and are fed nuts, coconuts and candies. Seriously, we couldn’t make this stuff up. 

The Food

Although you can order certain menu items separately, such as the thick-cut beef tongue (RMB98), the truffle Futian shao (roast beef, RMB258), the braised Wagyu with sauce (RMB68), along with approximately 20 other options, customers are encouraged by staff to order a set meal at the eatery. The prices of the three available set meals, however, aren’t particularly customer-friendly. Depending on your selection, prices can range from RMB680 and RMB1,380 per person to RMB1,980, with each set consisting of around 13 courses. In addition, if you can’t read Chinese, the ordering process can be a bit challenging, as the restaurant currently lacks English translations or pictures of the food.

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Image via Wagyu Lab

We could certainly regale our readers about the culinary joys that each expensive set meal has to offer, but instead, we want to focus on one particular dish: the M9 full-blood Wagyu steak. Before serving the steak, a staffer came to our table with several chunks of meat wrapped in a white cloth in order for us to make our selection. Then, they cut and grilled the meat on the stove at our table. The meat that we selected was extremely tender and juicy and crispy on the outside, a real treat. 

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The Vibe

The establishment occupies a large space consisting of a number of private booths and a public area. Stylish art pieces adorn the walls, which, together with a giant pond in the outlet’s hall, ensure a tranquil vibe.

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Price: up to RMB1,980, plus 10 percent per person
Who’s going: beef lovers, Futian dwellers, tuhao
Good for: Wagyu beef, friendly service, going bankrupt
Nearest metro: Gangxia (Exit B), 7 minutes’ walk

Open daily, 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-12am. See listing for Wagyu Lab

[Cover image by Jonathan Zhong/That’s]

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