“You only eat real Kobe beef once” (Thanks Jess F!) Try saying that real fast three times. #yoerkbo
Brah brah and I arrived in Kobe, Japan determined to have some Kobe beef at the very least even if we had to live on onigiri for the rest of our trip. Once we deposited our bags at our Airbnb, we walked towards Motomachi Station with bright eyes to the sky and still-full wallets in our pockets. The only thing missing was some background music like we were on the quest for the Triforce. Or to get to the Elite Four. Interpret as you will.
We arrived at Motomachidori, a brightly lit pedestrian street searching for Kobe Beef Red One. I had just seen it on Google and it had decent reviews. It wasn’t too far from where we were and so we went and climbed up to the second floor and got seated. One of the things we noticed was that all the other tables there were celebrating birthdays. This place was fancy and saved for special occasions. Shit… At least we were dressed decently.
And so we resigned ourselves to our totally-out-of-budget fate (because it would be rude to just get up and leave) and ordered a Rare Steak Special for myself and the Champion Steak Special for the brother. Emphasis on the Champion Steak because our server kept mentioning that it had just won two awards, one of them being as recent as two weeks before we ate there. She was also very enthusiastically willing to take our photo because she saw me taking photos of my food. I am very bad at getting my photo taken. Ack.
We started with a cold Kobe beef appetizer which was like a terrine and had raisins in it. I was surprised that it was crumbly instead of the mushier texture I expected it to be but it was good nonetheless. I think it was my first time having a cold beef dish. Then a fresh green salad topped with some crispy fried noodles. There were two dressings namely black sesame vinaigrette and yuzu mayo. The mayo was very light for a mayo and I was pleased.
Next, a light pumpkin soup to warm us up. It tasted like pumpkin but it was quite watery and it kinda looked like soup you would get as hospital food. I’m probably used to a creamier pumpkin soup. Our last starter was another warm dish. It was stewed Kobe beef with buna shimeji mushrooms (my fave!) The beef was soft and juicy and the sauce was rich but not creamy. It reminded of a mini goulash, a traditional Hungarian meat stew.
Finally, the main course. Our steaks arrived cooked medium rare, mine on a regular plate and my brother’s on what looked like a floor tile. It is Champion Steak after all and the floor ti… I mean plate looked pretty cool. The steaks were cut through the middle so you could see its cross section, the marbling, and how through it was cooked. It was magnificent. They gave us 4 dips: soy sauce, Kobe miso, pink salt, and onion jam. I didn’t bother using any of it because I have this personal belief that if the steak is good enough, it won’t need any sauce. Expectations were met. The steak was so very tender that it had a softer consistency than Haribo gummy bears. I didn’t really recall a melt in your mouth quality but the flavor was really rich. The cow was definitely a very happy cow.
Well, after that meal we definitely hit up Family Mart everyday for food. No ragrets were had. Not even one letter.
神戸牛 x 彩り Kobe Beef Red One
1 Chome-10-4 Motomachidori
Hyogo-ken, Japan 〒650-0022
+81 78 331 2944 (for inquiry) or +81 50 5570 2904 (for reservation)
Monday to Sunday 1100H – 1500H (Last order at 1430H); 1700H – 2200H (Last order at 2130H)