Once upon a time, restaurants used to hide their dry-aging meat rooms way in the back or down in the cellar, never to be seen by the customers. But as carnivores develop an appreciation for the art of properly aged flesh, aging rooms stocked with raw carcasses are turning into design pieces worth showing off, like fine jewelry arranged in glass cases. Check out some of the prettiest ones around the world:
Aspen Kitchen, Aspen
The Colorado ski town has just received its first dry-aging room with the opening of Aspen Kitchen. And what a room it is! The restaurant displays 2,000 pounds of saltbrick beef that has been aged up to 100 days by chef Matthew O'Neill using a special patented process. In the case, backlit pink Himalayan rock salt casts a glow on the glorious meat contents.
Seared, Los Cabos
Celebrity chef and Top Chef guest judge Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new steakhouse Seared in the One&Only Palmilla Resort puts 15 cuts of 28-day aged beef (including Kobe Tomakawk and Wagyu A5 steaks) in gorgeous cases that simply steal the attention away from everything else. Never before have dead cows looked like such stunning pieces of edible art.
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, TorontoFriends and couples love to pose in front of the meat case at Jacobs & Co., which is one of the first design features you see when entering the restaurant. Chef Danny McCallum told OpenTable that there was a struggle to decide whether to place the meat or the wine cellar in this spot when the restaurant first opened, but they clearly made the best choice.
La Boucherie du Buppa, TokyoA French restaurant in Tokyo, La Boucherie du Buppa was one of Japan's first restaurants to hop on the dry-aged beef trend, and it charges a dear price for the privilege of eating the supremely flavorful meat. The luxe restaurant also serves wild game like pheasant and venison.
Kali, Los AngelesA brand-new upscale (but laid-back) restaurant in LA's Larchmont Village, Kali greets its guests with a beautiful open kitchen and an aging case right when you walk in. But you won't only see beef aging in there. The case may also contain striking specimens like a whole pig's head or a family of squab.
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