Kobe Beef (神戸ビーフ) is widely regarded to be the best tasting beef in the world so how can we not have it when we are at its city of origin? It would be like coming to Singapore without trying Hainanese Chicken rice. Ok ok, I know some will say Chili Crabs but you get what I mean…and yes, Kobe Beef was the main reason why we ended up in Kobe.
The most popular Wagyu brand in Japan is well-known for its exclusivity and quality, and that reflects in Kobe Beef price. We got to taste of the legendary cherry red meat twice on the same day – lunch and dinner even though my wallet was yelling at us lol. All I can say is that this expensive delicacy is worth every yen.
Kobe Beef is, without a doubt, the best beef we had!
Kobe Beef at Kobe Brand Tei
The Kobe Beef restaurant where we had our first bite was Kobe Brand Tei in Mosaic Mall. Lunch crowd, if any, would already be long gone given that we were having our lunch close to tea break time. We quickly made our orders and waited in great anticipation.
Finally, the Rolls Royce in beef world made it to our table. Just look at those exquisite marbling of fat on that meat!! It’s so clear to see the difference as compared to a regular slab of beef.
Next to follow is the Kobe Beef Steak, when being cooked in this form, we were told that it cannot be cooked further than medium rare else its unique flavour would be gone.
What about the taste then?
IT’S SUPER DUPER GOOD!!!
It’s hard to describe Kobe beef using any adjective, it’s just THAT good. The unique buttery texture and melt-in-your-mouth goodness is simply out of this world!!
Kobe Beef at Kissho Koubegyuu
We were still talking how superb our lunch was while walking around Chinatown. And before we know it, we came across this Kobe Beef speciality shop at one corner of the street. The posters and medals displayed outside Kissho Koubegyuu (神戸牛の元町 吉祥) were urging us to go straight in…we couldn’t resist of course.
The price at Kissho Koubegyuu is rather steep when compared to Kobe Brand Tei so we only ordered one plate of seemingly ‘lower grade’ of Kobe Beef to share. We were trying hard not to burst our budget for the remaining trip.
But we changed our mind once the meat was served – the Kobe Beef here was even better than the one we had for lunch! Yummy!!
So we decided to order another plate of Kobe Beef and…to hell to budget haha
This time round, we asked the waiting staff to recommend, she pointed at one picture in the menu and gave us a thumb up. The price is thumb down but we went ahead with her recommendation nevertheless.
Here’s the plate which the waitress gave a thumb up.
And she was so damn right!! Wow!! This Kobe Beef taste heavenly!!! All thumbs up!!! The lean and sweet meat just melted away in our mouth.
While we were busy savouring the beef, the waitress came back to our table and presented us a certificate. The paper is a proof of authenticity that the slab of meat we ordered was from one of the certified cows.
This is the very BEST BEEF we’ve ever had.
Getting here: They have quite a handful of outlets in Kobe, find one nearest to you at their Kissho Koubegyuu.