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Sep 26, 2012 01:10 PM

Wagyu Beef

Does anybody know whether Wagyu beef may be procured anywhere in Montreal?

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  1. There is a butcher in the Marche 440 in Laval that may still sell it. I haven't asked him in a very long time though. It is the butcher in front of the SAQ.

    1. As far as I know, there should not be any _real_ japanse Wagyu in Canada; there is no export of it.

      You will/can find "locally" grown Wagyu at Myamoto (frozen) from time to time, and maybe at other better butcher shop.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        U.S. and Australian Wagyu have been available in Canada for quite a while. There used to be restrictions on importing Japanese beef but to my knowledge those have not existed for a couple years and Japanese wagyu is available in Canada (whether it is Kobe or not is another question).

        In my experience, the marbling of Japanese wagyu is often finer than U.S. wagyu. Not really my cup of tea though.

      2. I had a dish that featured Wagyu beef at the Manoir Hovey (Townships) last week. You could always call & ask where they source their beef.

        1. I buy mine at Viande McCormick in Verdun. The beef is not from Japan but from Canada. I can't remember the difference...but great tasting and extremely tender

          I not sure he always has it as he is a restaurant supplier as well.

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          1. Wagyu is literally Japanese for "Japanese Beef".
            The notion of Australian or US wagyu is not rational.

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            1. re: edhazer

              Just like The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which if translated into one language would read; "The The Angels Angels of Anaheim." Sometimes people choose irrational terms for marketing purposes.

              And don't let me get started on my collection of PT Barnum quotes...

              1. re: edhazer

                Although irrational it does an adequate job of indicating a Japanese breed, crossbred with a native breed cattle, likely Angus which is itself a crossbreed.

                The world is full of these false terms and umbrellas. Most people will use the word sushi when describing a sashimi. No point trying to correct them. Even more wrong is the use of the word Kobe instead of American or Australian wagyu.