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Gore
08-07-2013, 07:43 AM
This was one of the highlights of the trip. There are countless places to get Kobe beef in Kobe, but I was looking for something that was a little more private and I liked the idea of grilled Kobe beef, rather than shabu shabu or strictly a griddle cook. Plus, this one seemed to be recommended by a few locals. The A-1 we went to is very cozy. It has two tables and seats 8, and my daughter liked it the minute we walked in. Lots of wood, and rustic, rather than modern. One other advantage is the price is reasonable: a half pound filet dinner ran $77. This is typical for lunch, but prices double at dinner. The kitchen is small and they didn't mind me taking pictures:

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Hope I didn't make anyone nervous.

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During the grilling, they fed us soup and salad

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Steaks were removed and further prepared with a seasoned butter

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They were added to a skillet with onions, potatoes and beans

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and seasoned oil was added

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Oh happy day!

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I pulled the onions off so you could see the yummy goodness. :hungry:

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The bad part was that I was craving steak the rest of the day. Yeah, it was good, and I'm more than glad I partook. It was the first time I can remember eating steak in a restaurant and NOT wishing I had cooked it.

deguerre
08-07-2013, 07:48 AM
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Could you be ANY more excited than this?:-D

Ron_L
08-07-2013, 07:50 AM
I love the look on your face with the soup and then the steak! :-D

That looks like a great place! Thanks for sharing.

deepsouth
08-07-2013, 08:02 AM
mighty fine.

John Bowen
08-07-2013, 08:47 AM
What a great experience - thanks for sharing.

silverfinger
08-07-2013, 06:09 PM
That meat looked amazing!
How could you be disappointed in that?
Thanks for sharing Gore!
That gave me a couple of ideas as well!

chicagokp
08-07-2013, 06:21 PM
Now, that would be a filet worth eating. Marbling like a ribeye!

Neil
08-08-2013, 12:36 AM
Great post Gore though it scared me at first because I thought the title read A-1 Steaksauce on Kobe!!! :oops: :biggrin::biggrin: :oops:

Gore
08-11-2013, 02:20 PM
Definitely agree that the cooking style was unique, which is why I showed so many pics. Also found it interesting that the effect of the oil on the char of the steak seemed non-existent -- it flamed for more than a little bit too!

Now, that would be a filet worth eating. Marbling like a ribeye!

This is an excellent point and great observation. The meat has much less marbling than you sometimes see in pics, but it is a filet.

... and Neil, yes, my first thought with the name was the steaksauce, but rest assured, the name is just so they'd be at the top of the list in any directory. :thumb:

Will work for bbq
08-23-2013, 10:35 AM
That steak looks farking awesome!!! :hungry:

I love this picture, I'm pretty sure you guys were supposed to eat the soup with the chop sticks. :becky:


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Gore
08-23-2013, 10:57 AM
That steak looks farking awesome!!! :hungry:

I love this picture, I'm pretty sure you guys were supposed to eat the soup with the chop sticks. :becky:

Thanks Paul,
I think that's the first time we actually had spoons for the soup. Normally, the bowls are picked up and drunk from directly, and the chopsticks are used for the big bits.

nucornhusker
08-23-2013, 11:12 AM
Wow, if someone would have tried to sell me a fillet that looked like that I would have laughed at them, that marbling is CRAZY! It also looks like it was cooked perfect. Great pictures and a great experience I'm sure. Wow.

I really want steak now.

boogiesnap
08-23-2013, 12:04 PM
sweet baby jeebus!
nice pics, thanks for sharing.

fingerlickin'
08-23-2013, 12:14 PM
By the look on your faces I'm guessing that was tofu soup. :-D

The other thing definitely looked like steak though. I good one too I'll bet. :thumb:

landarc
08-23-2013, 12:22 PM
what kind of soup was it?

landarc
08-23-2013, 12:22 PM
That sure looks good, love the fact that they use skewers to grill the filet. Not a bad price at all too. Love the presentation, I need to try that.

Gore
08-23-2013, 12:51 PM
what kind of soup was it?

It was a type of vegetable soup. From what I've read they use juice from the steak for flavor. The soup and salad were quite good actually, but it's not what we came for.

That sure looks good, love the fact that they use skewers to grill the filet. Not a bad price at all too. Love the presentation, I need to try that.

The grilling was the main reason I selected that restaurant. I've had beef prepared in the more traditional manners previously. It also was quite reasonably priced and locals seemed to like this place. From the inside, it was not aimed directly at the tourist crowd with the chefs preparing at the table, etc. When I saw the price of ribeyes was about $50/pound in the store, that is a crazy cheap price for what we ate.

bluetang
08-24-2013, 08:13 AM
Jeezopeezo Gore! Screen lickin good post!