Japan 127 – Kobe Plaisir for Kobe Beef

Best Kobe Beef Lunch Set in Kobe – Kobe Plaisir

Kobe Plaisir is one of the best Kobe Beef restaurants in Kobe. We took the 20 minutes train ride from Osaka to Kobe just for the Kobe beef, after we managed to secure a table online just about a week before when we first landed in Kyoto. The restaurant is located at the b´ Kobe building right downtown so it was quite easy to find. When we reached the restaurant we were ushered to the 10 seater teppanyaki counter right in front of the chef where he would cook there and then for us. There were only 3 set lunch menus to choose from, so we picked the Set B Course with Kobe Beef for ¥8,400++ per person. The set lunch has about 9 items hence it was quite an elaborated teppanyaki lunch…

When we reached the restaurant we were ushered to the 10 seater teppanyaki counter right in front of the chef where he would cook there and then for us. There were only 3 set lunch menus to choose from, so we picked the Set B Course with Kobe Beef for ¥8,400++ per person. The set lunch has about 9 items hence it was quite an elaborated teppanyaki lunch…

What is so special with Kobe beef? Well, the Kobe beef is the most exclusive cut of Wagyu beef (i.e. all Kobe beef is Wagyu beef but not all Wagyu beef is Kobe beef). This meat is a delicacy renowned for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Under Japanese law, Kobe beef can only come from Hyōgo prefecture (of which Kobe is the capital city) of Japan. Prior to 2012, Kobe beef was not exported and only available in Japan. The first exports, in January 2012, were to Macau, then to Hong Kong in July 2012. Since then, exports have also been made to the selected places around the world.

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Kobe Plaisir Kobe Beef
The mouth watering Kobe Beef
The b´ Kobe building
Entrance to the restaurant
Chef in action
Lunch Menu
Teppanyaki seasoning

So our lunch started with a small glass of vinegar drinks and 2 kinds of appetizers, followed by a soup. Then came the main star of our lunch, the Kobe beef! Our Kobe filet steaks of 80g were freshly cooked right in front of us at the teppanyaki hot plate counter. The chef used the sizzling hot plate cooked out Kobe beef into perfection and served it with some grilled vegetables. The Kobe beef was so good it pretty much melt in my mouth when I ate it. I wished there were more than just 80g of Kobe beef for me~!

There’s also fresh salad and sauces to go with the Kobe beef, followed by onion fried rice, Japanese pickles and Miso soup. Green tea ice cream was served as our sweet dessert. After that we were ushered to a coffee area for coffee/tea to finish off our fabulous lunch.
It is highly recommend to make reservations early for lunch and dinner for this restaurant. Also it’s better value for money to have the lunch set than the dinner set. Well it wasn’t a cheap lunch but definitely wort every penny of it! If you are in Kobe looking for Kobe beef, you should probably check out this place.
My Umeshu (plum liquor)
Vinegar drinks and 2 kinds of appetizers.
Soup
The main star of our lunch
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Look at all our lunch ingredients sizzled on the teppanyaki hot plate
Chef in action
Salad and sauce
Our yummy Kobe filet steak
Onion fried rice
Green tea ice cream dessert
Our coffee area
The teppanyaki counter after the lunch action
Ingredient display
The awesome Kobe Beef…
Their accolades
Dinner menu – much more expensive
Best Kobe Beef

Official Website: http://www.kobe-plaisir.jp/e-index.html

Address: Japan, 〒650-0011 Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe
中央区下山手通2丁目11−5 ホテル ザ・ビー神戸 1F
Tel: +81 78-571-0141

Business Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:30am–3pm; 5pm–10:30pm (Closed on Mondays)

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