When in Kobe, eat Kobe beef.
That was exactly what I did on my day trip to the city.
Out of all the kobe beef restaurants, I chose Wakkoqu because its website promised this:
"We choose our cattle with the skill of expert ranchers. We love music like talented musicians. We select tableware with the flair of designers. When you visit Wakkoqu, our staff will bring to life the true meaning of the quotation from Brillat Savarin - By making you feel at home, we enrich your experience and enhance the flavor of the cuisine."
And true to its word, Wakkoqu gave me an experience I will remember for years.
I adore restaurants with a nostalgic feel
After I was seated down comfortably, the teppanyaki chef presented to me my slab of kobe beef.
Look at that dangerously handsome meat, lounging on a wooden board in all its marbled glory.
And then the chef started prepping the garlic.
Garlic is VERY important to any teppanyaki experience.
For dipping, dabbing and sprinkling needs
He trimmed off the fats.
I was so worried he would throw the precious things away.
And then he did this. WHEWWWW!!!!!!!!!
My Kobe Sirloin Set came with pumpkin soup
And a simple but very fresh salad
And then THE MEAT. He started me off with the leaner part. Yes, guys, this lovely thing you are
staring at - this pink flesh laced heavily with adipose tissue - it was the leanest part of my steak.
And then, GLISTENING, GLORIOUS GLOBS OF FAT.
I was grateful for these vegetables that cleansed me of the sins I happily committed
More meat, the fattier cuts this time. This was my favorite of all. Nicely browned on the outside
and incredibly beefy, fatty, flavorful and full of umami inside. I devoured each piece topped
with a few garlic chips and every bite brought me straight to heaven.
Sorry for the blurry picture, I fell dizzy with excitement (and probably too much cholesterol)
when I saw this.
How to eat your vegetables at Wakkoqu
Seriously. I don't think I can ever eat plain bean sprouts again.
The best rice in the world is Japanese rice
Sweet ending to my perfect meal
Coffee to wash all the goodness down
Do not miss kobe beef when in Kobe. It is Japan's greatest gift to the world.
Feeling and looking like a cow after devouring the gift of cow :D
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Wakkoqu: 1/F Hillside Terrace, 1-22-13 Nakayamate-dori, Chuo, Kobe City, Japan.
Tel: +81 078 222 0678