Wynn and True Kobe Beef -- Information Vacuum
If you've eaten beef in the U.S. that was listed at "Kobe beef", it almost certainly isn't. However, as of late 2012 a tiny quantity has been imported into the United States. According to Forbes Magazine, and the Wynn Magazine as well, as of December 2013 Wynn has become the "first US end-user certified by the Kobe Beef Council as an authorized restaurant partner" selling true Kobe beef (yeah -- the stuff from Hyogo prefecture).
I thought it would be interesting to compare it to other Japanese wagyu beef, but haven't been able to get any detailed information out of Wynn. After three phone calls, two emails, and a comment on their Facebook page, I've found out that: yes they offer it at Mizumi, and maybe elsewhere; they have no idea what is the quality level, or BMS value, of the beef being offered.
Does anyone have any additional info?
have no info about Wynn or true Kobe, but having had Kobe and A5+ Wagyu elsewhere, I found the "Kobe style" beef at the Korean bbq place Gangnam (across from the Hard Rock) to be a very acceptable substitute at a much reduced price ($17 for maybe 3-4 oz which you grill at your own table, as opposed to say $90/ 3oz which some other places charge)
Ate at Jean George at Aria on Tues.Oct.7 2014. Kobe steak MP was $240 for 6 oz. Ordered it Med Rare. It came to the table with nothing else but a steak the size of a deck of cards. The Temperature was perfect. I've been in the business for 50 years and this is now crossed off my "Bucket List" It was the absolute greatest thing I have ever tasted. The only comparison would be seared Foie Gras for texture with a beef profile. It literally melted in my mouth. It was well worth it and I'm so glad I tried it. By the way another way to see if it is authentic Kobe is that they display a plate size medallion with a steer head that's surrounded with flowers. I can't wait to try it again. Like I said it was outstanding.