Experiencing the mouth-watering Kobe beef has been on my bucket list forever, so I was thrilled to try authentic Kobe Beef on my trip to the Kansai region, Japan.
After researching budget restaurants serving the best Kobe Beef in town, I found Steakland Kobe.
My experience of Kobe beef in Kobe, Japan
Kobe beef is the most expensive beef in the world. It’s famous for its extraordinary flavor and defines Japan’s fine dining.
The meat quality is scored by five factors of marbling, meat color, fat color, brightness, and texture.
I first heard about Kobe beef from an article about cows getting special care with classical music and massages. “Unbelievable!” I thought.
However, finding and trying the “real” Kobe beef outside Japan was challenging because it was illegal to import Japanese beef into other countries for many years.
Therefore, on my trip to the Kansai region, I set up a mission to find a remarkable dining experience in Kobe.
Steakland Kobe Review
Before my trip to Kobe, I started to search which restaurant provides good Kobe beef at a reasonable price, and all reviews point to Steakland.
I doubted it at first, as the price is SO CHEAP compared to other places, but it had many good reviews, so I decided to give it a go.
To avoid waiting in a long queue, I asked the receptionist in Osaka’s hotel to call for a reservation.
It was quite tricky to find the restaurant as there were plenty of similar restaurants located next to each other.
The most popular branch of Steakland Kobe is located near the Kobe Sannomiya Station West Exit.
Steakland Kobe offers a delicious steak set at an affordable menu. You can check the latest price here.
The opening hours
Steakland Kobe opens from 11 am until 10 pm. However, if you’d like to get there for lunch, you can call for a reservation or wait in line from 10 am.
I decided to visit the restaurant for lunch, as the lunch set has a lower price for the same menu as the dinner set.
I booked my reservation at 11:30 am, and there was a long line of about 15 people waiting for the service when I got there.
After speaking to the staff about the reservation, I quickly got my seat. Steakland Kobe has teppanyaki-style seating so everyone can see how the chef cook.
As it was a peak hour, I had to wait about 15 minutes for my service. Meanwhile, I observed another chef cooking steak for the nearby group.
My chef finally showed up and introduced himself. He started grilling some sliced garlic, followed by bean sprouts and other vegetables.
My chef then asked whether I wanted my steak rare or medium-rare, and I chose medium-rare. He proceeded to grill, slice the steak into squares and cook it to perfection.
Overall, I was happy with my experience at Steakland Kobe. Although it might not be the best grade of Kobe beef, the taste was still so good. The beef melted when I tasted it.