During your stay in Japan, you will probably want to try the famous Kobe beef. Thepickytraveller tried Beefsteak Kawamura in Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district. It was kind of a…special experience.
First of all, the place is very difficult to find. Located in an office building floors and the street addresses in Japan being very difficult to understand, it took thepickytraveller a luxury department store’s doorman and a classy kimono-store saleswoman to finally find the restaurant (both diligently looking for the mysterious venue none of them had ever heard of before).
After being greeted by an old inexpressive maître d’hôtel, you will be taken to a dining room organized around a long flat cooking hob. Here and there some fake flowers together with statues of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and some suave elevator music playing.
Fitted with elegant plastic aprons, you now choose which category of Kobe beef you want to have. They are all (very) expensive (it’s like choosing between Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra or Sevruga caviar), so go for the best one. After all it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Your fine steak will be served with side dishes, such as foie gras and various veggies cooked in front of you on the long flat cooking hob. They are all quite bland, but it’s the Kobe beef you are here for. Extra tender, all veined with fat and with a subtle taste. You will surely understand why it’s so popular.
The dessert (including some overripe melon) brings you back down to earth. After paying the hefty check you will be accompanied back to the same elevator you came from, by the same old inexpressive maître d’hôtel bowing until the doors close. Sayonara.