Alleyway BBQ is an asian style BBQ house with manly locations including one in the NEO19 building in the bustling Sin Yi District. The Chinese name Hu Tong 胡同 invokes Beijing style cuisine, but the establishment is more like one of those pervasive Japanese style BBQ houses with a little more class. The prices are slightly higher than the average Japanese BBQ house, and each individual can expect to spend at least 1000 NT for a nice meal. They have excellent service and a posh clean atmosphere, and you can come here and dine freshly grilled filet mignon, sirloin steaks, lamb chops, butter chicken, and other bbq-able items you can think of. Out of all the Asian BBQ houses, this one sets the bar in terms of quality of food and service.
Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Decor: 4 out of 5
Service: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4.33 out of 5
Recommendation: Classy Asian BBQ with great service
When you step into the restaurant you can see the bartop bbq setup and a couple of booths in the front. The decor is really simple and they provide fairly comfortable chairs with weighty looking wood themes. They try to make it look sort of Japanesish even though their theme is supposed to be more Beijingesque. The decor doesn't really fit the name, but besides that point the whole interior looked nice. Their service is excellent as they have hosts take you to your seat and help place your bulkier items in their lockers for you. Also, they almost have a server manning each active grill to make sure you get the best preparation for your BBQ items. They always coach you on how to prepare your items, but most of the time they will do it themselves at your table. They seem to be knowledgeable of the preparation method and the reasons for each subtle step and timing. The servers are also quite lax and humourous while they cook on point. Each server needs to go through a period of on the spot training, so that they are all able to control the food quality fairly consistently.
The lamb chops were seasoned to order and then plopped on the grill, and we waited with anticipation. The best lamb chops i've had on this island were at this Swedish restaurant called Flavors and nothing have really come close ever since. These lamb chops were a pretty good contender. The quality of the lamb chop was great and wasw lightly seasoned with a soy sauce based marinade, salt, and some pepper. It is not in a thicker sauce like that in Flavors, but these are closer to the minimally seasoned lamb chops I used to make myself. The minimal seasoning allows the flavor of the lamb itself to pervade. That grassy, gamey taste is what I expect to get from my chop. This was not extremely gamey, but lambness was only subtle yet definitely was there.
Alleyway BBQ "Hu Tong" is now my favorite Asian BBQ joint and if I had more money i'd be frequently a lot more often. The quality of the items are great and it can be attested by their minimal seasoning. Poor quality meats need to be covered up with elusive sauces and what-not. A good piece of meat can stand alone with a pinch of salt. Their ingredients could stand alone and are only accentuated by their light seasoning. If you are determined to spend 1000 NT at a asian BBQ restaurant, then I recommend that you consider dropping it here at Alleyway BBQ.