We’ve discovered the best restaurants in Boston, and a wealth of others that are a bit different than your typical recs. Here are four different types of meals you can find in Boston, and some of our favorite spots to enjoy them.

Hot Pot/Shabu Shabu: A Souper Tasty Meal
Kaze Shabu Shabu

China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam all practice the first style of cooking on our list: “Hot Pot”. Kaze’s Shabu Shabu style is the Japanese version of hot pot, as each country differs slightly in their practices. Restaurants typically offer almost any meat, fish, and vegetable you can think of, and when ordered, your waiter brings them to the table raw, ready for your boiling soup base. Diners cook the food in broth on the tabletop stove.

At Kaze, guests choose a flavor of broth, ranging from classic Miso to a spicy Korean kimchi. Dip each bite into your ideal combination of homemade satay sauce, scallions, garlic, and spicy chili’s. Cool down with a variety of mouthwatering smoothie flavors including Watermelon, Strawberry, Mango, Lychee, and Coconut Cream.

Kaze Shabu Shabu
1 Harrison Ave, Boston (617) 338-8283

Brazilian Barbecue: A Meat Lover’s Heaven
Fogo de Chão

First, guests order sides and take advantage of the Market Table—a collection of salads, fruits and charcuterie. Next, the real experience begins. Guests utilize a simple tool (a round, two sided indicator with red on one side and green on the other) for receiving one or many slices of assorted meats. Green side up means “keep the meat coming”, and red side up means “I’m all set for now.” Choose wisely, as waiters arrive with new choices at a remarkably efficient and seemingly endless pace.

We recommend the incredible black pepper candied bacon from the Market Table and the addicting pão de queijo, or cheese bread, as a side order. Some of the highlights for Fogo’s bbq are the picanha, Fogo’s signature steak, and the bacon-wrapped chicken. Look out for the roving bartender with their cart full of unique liquors, including a vodka bottle made entirely out of ice.

Fogo de Chão
200 Dartmouth St, Boston (617) 585-6300

Yakiniku Japanese Barbeque: The Thrill of a Personal Grill

Japanese BBQ, like hot pot, requires some work on the end of the customer. Instead of a pot of boiling soup, you cook your food on a small personal grill in the center of the table. Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a master chef, the servers offer cooking advice throughout the meal. Japanese and Korean barbeque are very similar, with patrons cooking parts of their own meals to their liking. Koreana in Cambridge is a superb choice for the Korean experience.

With Gyu-Kaku’s smokeless roasters, you won’t end up smelling of meat like at some Yakiniku restaurants. The Harami Skirt Steak in Miso marinade is the best-seller, but pork, lamb, seafood, and vegetables are perfect for grilling. Wash down your meal with Japanese favorites like hot or cold sake or Shochu, both served by the glass and by the bottle.

1002 Beacon St, Brookline (617) 264-6190

158 Prospect St, Cambridge (617) 576-8661

Hibachi/Teppanyaki: Dinner and a Show
Osaka Japanese Sushi & Steak House

Hibachi is certainly the most entertaining style of restaurant on our list. Also called Teppanyaki, this experience consists of trained chefs cooking food right in front of you on a large, flat iron grill. For those who have never experienced a Hibachi dinner, it is fun for all ages, as the chefs perform tricks with their utensils and even the food itself!

Osaka is one of only two hibachi restaurants in the Boston area, so it features some of the best chefs in the region. For a flavorful combination of land and sea we recommend the Filet Mignon & Shrimp or Scallops combination. For those not interested in the Teppanyaki options, Osaka also has a gorgeous, sleek sushi bar that serves a variety of special rolls and sashimi.

Osaka Japanese Sushi & Steak House

14 Green Street, Brookline (617) 732-0088