Kobe Beef - At Milestone's ??!!!
We went to Milestone's (Yorkdale) for dinner last night with the kids. Their menu has been updated a bit since the last time we were there.
The food was very good - between us, we had the Grilled Chicken Salad, a Hamburger, the Seabass (Mexican corvina), and the "Kobe Beef Meatloaf."
What in the world is Milestone's doing, using Kobe beef (is this for real?) in meatloaf? It was actually quite good, served with a very good, rich shiitake mushroom sauce with garlic mashed potatoes, steamed veggies and a so-so savoury bread pudding (with undetectable gorgonzola).
Can they really be using Kobe beef? And, if they are (and I'll have to assume that they're mixing it with regular beef, given the price), why waste it on meatloaf?
Here's a description of the meatloaf on their website:
KOBE BEEF MEATLOAF
Premium Kobe beef served over garlic mashed potatoes, smothered with shiitake mushroom au jus and topped with lightly fried onion strings. Accompanied by savoury bread pudding & steamed seasonal vegetables
By the way, for those of you who may be thinking that I ordered the meatloaf BECAUSE of its being made with Kobe beef, this is not so. There are simply times when a comfort food item like this is very desirable. But I would have been just as happy (maybe even happier) with regular beef.
I am not at all questioning the fact that Milestones states on their menu that the meatloaf consists of Kobe beef just like other restaurants purport to serve "Kobe" beef hamburgers and the like.
Call me a cynic...hey, I have been called much, much worse...unless the menu had quite a number of other premium cuts of Kobe beef in relation to which the cuttings and scraps could be ground into "hamburger", I highly doubt it.
Yes, it could be Wagyu beef. There are North American ranchers raising this type of cattle or a cross of the same with I think Black Angus, but that does not, at least to my understanding, make it Kobe beef, unless as the name suggests it originates with suppliers in the Kobe region of Japan produced and fed in the fashion they have done for quite some time.
No way a chain like Milestones is bringing in Kobe beef for meatloaf alone. They would not put it on the menu unless they were assured of a steady production unless a limited time special. Special? Meat loaf? LOL Yes, nothing wrong with "comfort food" but not at a chain featuring such a product. By the way what did they charge?
But at the end of the day as you stated, you enjoyed it.
It's American Wagyu beef. There are no regulations outside of Japan regarding what you can call Kobe beef. 90% of "Kobe" beef in North America is American Wagyu beef. The other 10% is totally fake.
Thanks for clarifying this, Bob_Mac and Kasumeat. One has to wonder why Milestone's deems it necessary to glorify the name of their meatloaf. They seem to use quality AAA beef in their steaks and rib roast - shouldn't this be sufficient for their meatloaf, as well?
By the way, how DOES Wagyu beef compare in price to AAA? Could be it's cheaper, and they get to use the "Kobe" name.
The price for the meatloaf dinner was, I believe, $17.95.