Tokyo, Japan is renowned for its amazing food. Whether you are looking for authentic Japanese cuisine, Thai, Chinese, fast food, bars with quirky original dishes, western steakhouses, convenience store treats, or street food, it can be easily found in the metropolis of Tokyo with its many streets and excellent establishments both old and new. No matter what you feel like eating, there is a very high chance that Tokyo has it on offer somewhere, making it a culinary paradise for foodies.
Kobe beef is a mouthwatering delicacy that comes from carefully bred Kobe black cows, renowned for its marbled fat and superb quality. Visitors to Kobe seek out the world-famous dish. However, you don’t have to go all the way to Kobe city in Hyogo Prefecture to taste this famous treat. Where can you find it without going to its city of origin? What if you’re in Tokyo and you want to try Kobe beef right now at a reasonable price? Well, look no further than Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511 in Akasaka.
Kobe beef is highly praised for its literal melt in your mouth goodness that can only come from the highly marbled fat content of the Kobe beef itself. It is one of Japan’s proud “wagyu” dishes and a fantastic delicacy that is usually quite expensive. However, at Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511, you can get dishes at decent prices. The name of the restaurant is derived from the choosing of only the premium choice cuts of the highest A-5 grade beef with a score of 11 on the Beef Marbling Score (BMS) set for Japanese wagyu meat. Their concept is “redolent flavors, a smooth sensation on the palate, and sublime textures”, and they only want to bring the very best to their customers.
In fact, according to their website, their chef goes to Kobe and bids on the beef himself, ensuring the finest quality to serve their patrons. This is indeed an excellent way to taste the fine cuts of beef all the way from Kobe without having to leave Tokyo!
The restaurant features its own hearth oven that heats the beef to the precise degree it needs to release all the goodness, with “a fragrant exterior and a juicy core”. Now, how much would you think such a wonderful meal would cost, especially with all the care that goes into selecting the meat? For dinner, it can easily go into the hundreds in US dollars. However, this restaurant has an amazing value lunch set that starts at just 1500 yen! It even comes with a salad and miso soup and really cannot be beaten in value for money.
If you feel like splurging, you can also make the most out of your visit by ordering one of the special courses. The complete Kobe beef course features a seasonal set menu including a seasonal appetiser, Kobe beef shank, shredded beef with eggplant, seasonal tempura, a flame baked 100g serloin steak, green tea soba, and a dessert. This set is a whopping 13,800 yen. An even pricer option is the flame-baked Kobe beef steak course, which includes an appetiser, the dish of the day, a 150g steak, seasonal soup, a choice of bread or rice, and a dessert. This set menu is 15,800 yen! However, with their special lunch deal, anyone can sample delicious and affordable Kobe beef.
Drinks on the menu include champagne, red and white wine, Japanese sake, whisky, and soft drinks including Coca Cola, ginger ale, oolong tea, grape juice, and tea and coffee. There are semi-private and even private rooms available for parties or business meetings.
You can even make a reservation online through open table which makes it really easy to do if you don’t feel confident in your Japanese skill or would prefer to do it online rather than call.
Lunch is served at Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511 between 11:30am and 14:30pm, and it is open for dinner from 6:00pm to 23:00. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and national holidays.
The location in the midst of Akasaka’s business district may seem strange, but be on the lookout for the store front and go down the stairs. Once down, the lovely water garden is only the welcoming path for the impeccably fine dining interior that awaits. So make your reservation now. You won’t regret it!