Kobe Beef Outside Skirt with Garlic at Raku

Grilling the beef with Binchotan (Japanese oak charcoal) results in a delicious combination of juicy and crisp. The seasoning comes from Raku’s homemade teriyaki sauce, which is very delicate with sweetness from Muscat wine and richness from chicken stock stewed for about 10 hours, along with other carefully picked ingredients. $6, 5030 W. Spring Mountain Road, Suite 2, 367-3511.

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