We headed to Kobe again for another round of Kobe beef! This time, we were determined to try true A5 wagyu beef, even if it meant paying more. We stumbled upon this place that apparently has won prizes for specific cows – “Champion Wagyu”! Met Principal Rachel and Chelsea there for lunch!
Mario and I decided to order two different sets – one was a normal steak (about 3000 yen) and the other was a “Champion Kobe Wagyu” steak (about 12,000 yen, including extra side dishes).
These are the starters/side dishes for our “Champion Kobe Wagyu” steak set:
When the steak arrived, the waitress also brought along some trophies for us to pose with:
This was the normal steak… and it was already very good.
And needless to say, the “Champion” was unbelievably good…
Now THAT is Kobe beef! Totally worth the travelling time and the $$$ just to have tried it… but whether I would go again is another matter 😛
Next stop: St Marc’s Cafe, for a sweet end to our lunch! This was Mario’s:
This was Chelsea’s:
And this was mine!
After that, we bid farewell to them and went off to Kyoto for the Gion Matsuri! I’m so happy we got the Hankyu Tourist Pass – at 1,200 yen for two days of unlimited travel on Hankyu Lines in Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, we were able to do Kobe and Kyoto within the same day to maximise the value, and enjoyed at least 50% savings!
We wanted try the special hako sushi (box sushi) and it is only available at very few places. Managed to Google this restaurant, Izuju, which serves it! It’s directly opposite Yasaka Shrine, so it’s very easy to find.
Total damage: about 3,600 yen. There was so much rice with the sushi that we couldn’t finish everything! The sushi rice was very good though – very flavourful. It was interesting and had complex flavours – very different from normal sushi.
We walked around to hunt for the floats that would be paraded for the Gion Matsuri, but it was quite a distance away, so we stopped for a dessert at St. Marc’s again:
Then we checked out the floats and the roadside stalls selling snacks… tried out a butaman (pork bun) because there was a long queue but it was just meh. (Click here for a video!)