Well, Kobe Beef to be exact.
It was the one thing on my ‘to-do’ list besides bike riding around Osaka, doing lotsa shopping as-per-usual and taste testing as many green tea sweets I could get my hot-little-hands on. Nom Nom Nom. Having stumbled upon a butcher on the first few days and seeing the magnificent meat all organised neatly – it was finally time for the taste test.
WHO KNOW’S IF MITSURU IS A RESTAURANT FREQUENTED MAINLY BY TOURISTS, BUT THE MENU OUTSIDE, ASSURED ME THAT THEY HAD KOBE BEEF ON OFFER. DING-DING!
Through a little fabric curtain and up two levels on a rickety old elevator. The doors open onto a long wood-lined restaurant with the smokey-smell of barbequing meeeeaat. Oh yeah, it’s on! We order a meat platter for two, pickles and a plate of vegies. Before we can blink, a tiny barbeque filled with hot coals comes out, along with the plates ready to for the cook up. It’s the first sizzzzzle as the slice of perfectly marbled Kobe beef hits the grill that makes us salivate. Hot and fast – just the way we like it.
As soon as the first pieces are done, we dip them into the salty-sweet sauce and pop it into our gobs. We nod in agreeance and think, “Why on earth did we leave this til the last night?”. It was the best beef we’ve had since that little bistro in Paris in two-thousand-and-eight. THAT takes the no 1 european beef spot, THIS is the no 1 asian beef spot. Enough said. This Kobe beef kicks our wagyu arse.
THE DEETS YOU WANT TO KNOW
Along the Dontonburi
7800 yen ($85 AUD)
For a share platter of meat, pickles, vegie platter with two large Kirin beers
A little side note – the Japanese don’t take tips so they will run after you with the change!