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lolitafontaine Jan 24, 2007 06:00 AM

Ok, ok -- Wagyu beef. Anyone know who has it on their menu here in Boston? I'm itching for some melt-in-your-mouth meat.

Thanks!

 
  1. kobuta Jan 31, 2007 05:26 PM

    I can't think of the Western restaurants where I've seen it (though I know I have on occasion), but I recall seeing it on some of the nicer higher-end Japanese restaurants. I'd be surprised if any of the nice steak houses didn't try to sell this stuff. Has anyone tried the Kobe hotdog from Cafe Fleuri? I guess it's not technically Kobe beef, but the beef is supposedly specially raised in CA to be comparable to Kobe beef.

    I'm fully in the doubter's camp too - I've had wagyu beef in Japan, and while I thought it was good, I wouldn't say it was THAT much better than regular good beef to pay 10x the price of regular beef for it.

    1. Sgt Snackers Jan 31, 2007 02:05 PM

      Shabu Zen claims to have it (not sure if this is the real thing or American Wagyu or not - though I seem to remember the menu lists both).

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        Gabatta Jan 24, 2007 08:34 AM

        I think the Kobe thing has turned into marketing hype and a disservice to customers. Having had the authentic in Japan, the few times I have tried it around here I can say that the meat is not even comparable. I wouldn't touch it on the menu again. I tried "kobe" steaks at both G23 and Abe & Louies, and regretted passing up a good NY Strip both times.

        1. heathermb Jan 24, 2007 07:38 AM

          Clio usually has some sort of Kobe (Wagyu) dish on their menu.

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            Jesseve Jan 24, 2007 07:33 AM

            I think Grotto has what you are looking for:
            Steak Fritti: Thinly sliced balsamic dipped Kobe "Wagyu" beef, crispy parmesan tossed fries, creamy sswiss chard, horseradish and au jus

            I've had it, and it's excellent and a good value (21$).

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              Bostonbob3 Jan 24, 2007 06:29 AM

              That said, REAL Kobe steaks are quite special, but nearly impossble to find here. Restaurants regularly list "Kobe" on their menus, but when asked, admit it's Wagyu.

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                Bostonbob3 Jan 24, 2007 06:25 AM

                You can get a pound of ground Kobe (okay, okay, Wagyu) for $6 or $7 at Savenor's. I LOVE grilled Wagyu burgers, and served them at every Pats tailgate this season. Just make sure to cook them rarish (NO more than on the rare side of medium rare), or you lose the whole point of the heavily marbeled meat.

                I tend to agree with tamerlanenj about Wagyu steaks though. Very expensive, and IMHO, not worth it for the taste. They're good, but not THAT good.

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                  Fort Point Jan 24, 2007 06:16 AM

                  Todays Globe did a piece on burgers and noted that Toro in the South End does a kobe miniburger (2 for $12).

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                    tamerlanenj Jan 24, 2007 06:16 AM

                    Am I the only one that thinks that USDA Prime is far superior to American Wagyu? Anyway...The Oak Room has both.

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                      lolitafontaine Jan 24, 2007 07:04 AM

                      Well, I have had a few experiences with Wagyu beef where I thought I'd died and gone to heaven, but I admit I've had similar experiences with UDSA Prime. Ironically enough, Fuddrucker's used to have a Kobe beef burger on their menu, for only $9.99, but I guess the plebians in the suburbs didn't appreciate the product, b/c it come off the menu before I could try it. (I am a part-time plebian, heading out to Saugus whenever the hankering for a cheap good burger drowned in velveeta cheese sauce hits me.)

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