I would like to give a very honest review of this restaurant because we were very excited to have made a booking many months prior to our visit to Kobe, and as we had never tried Kobe beef before we were looking forward to the dinner. We had a very enjoyable experience here for dinner. The hosts are very friendly, especially the lady who looks after the diners with orders, drinks etc. She was a delight and made my daughter feel very welcome. The teppanyaki chef is also a pleasure - very well versed in jokes and one liners to make everyone laugh. So we chose the most expensive set menu with Kobe beef together with starters and dessert. I had a lovely red wine by the glass. The starter plate with a selection of tastings was by far the highlight of my meal. Everything was delicious, with incredible flavours. A real fine dining experience. It offered a number of wonderful seafood selections too. Now as I said we had never tasted Kobe beef before but we knew it was heavily marbled etc. The teppanyaki meal was lovely with vegetables cooked on the hot plate. However I have to be honest and say the Kobe beef was a real let down for my husband and I. Now this is just our personal opinion. I do not like huge amounts of fat on my meat and at home I generally try to trim the fat from all the cuts I cook. So when presented with big chunks of meat cooked on the hot plate - each mouthful tasted predominantly of fat. It lacked meat flavour - instead it felt like I was eating the fat from the off cuts alone. I was so disappointed and after spending close to $500 for our 3 dinners I left wondering why Kobe beef has such a strong reputation. Then I was lucky enough to understand why a few days later. We experienced an amazing multi course dinner at the onsen town we were staying at and enjoyed shabu shabu with Kobe beef. NOW I GET IT. If you want to enjoy Kobe beef as it is intended.....eat it like the Japanese do. DO not eat huge chunks of meat like westerners where the amount of fat in each piece overpowers the taste buds. When enjoying Kobe beef in shabu shabu, or sukiyaki etc.... it literally melts in your mouth and the proportion of meat to fat is spot on. The taste is sublime. So in summary, this restaurant experience is great and as a tourist driven restaurant you will have a fantastic experience. However, if you are a foodie and want to experience Kobe beef as it is intended - seek out a more traditional option.
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