‘Hida Beef (Hida gyu) is the specific name given to beef from black-haired Japanese cattle that have been raised in Gifu Prefecture for at least 14 months.  Hida Beef must be confirmed and certified as Yield Score of Grade A or B by the Hida Beef Brand Promotion Conference, and have a Firmness and Texture Grade of 5, 4 or 3, as per the Japan Meat Grading Association’s grading system’

Date

2013

Meal

Lunch

Ordered

LUNCH SET

  • 120g Hida beef cube – 2880 jpy
  • 120g Hida beef pieces – 2280 jpy

Food

LUNCH SET

I opted to come here for lunch as the price is much lower.  Lunch set includes 120 grams of meat, vegetables, miso soup, pickles, bowl of rice, cold drink and a scoop of ice cream.  Before coming to Takayama I knew nothing about Hida beef, I thought there was only one type of Wagyu which is Kobe beef.  Little did I know Hida beef will become my favourite type of Wagyu and opened the world to wagyu in the future.

There are three lunch sets to choose from and they are all very similar except the shape of the meat.  We chose the beef cubes and the beef pieces, the third option which we did not choose was the beef slices.   There is a bell on each table, everytime you need service you just need to press the bell to alert the staffs.  This is a DIY restaurant, so you must grill own meat and vegetables to your own preferences.

120g Hida beef cubes – 10/10

Hida beef cube

Hida beef cube

Hida beef cube

Hida beef cube

Hida beef cube

Hida beef cube

Close up

Close up

Pickles

Pickles

120g Hida beef pieces – 9/10

Hida beef pieces lunch set

Hida beef pieces lunch set

Hida beef

Hida beef

Hida beef pieces -

Hida beef pieces

Hida beef pieces

Hida beef pieces

Close up

Close up

I personally prefer the Hida beef cube and would highly recommend it, as it is a cube you will need to grill all 6 sides and keeping the centre pink. The marbling quality of the meat is what actually makes the the melt in your mouth factor.  Both types of the meat is beautifully marbled and it definitely melts in my mouth, although I did find the cube more creamy and rich.  Adding sea salt or the special meat sauce is recommended after grilling the meat, I actually prefer just adding a little salt which really brings out the richness of the Wagyu.  If you dip it into the special meat sauce, all you can taste is the sauce.

The grill

The grill

Searing away

Searing away

Searing away

Searing away

Special sauce

Miso soup

Special sauce

Special sauce

Beer

Beer

Sweet potato ice cream

Sweet potato ice cream

Ambience & Interior

Dining area

Dining area

Dining booths

Dining booths

Interior

Interior

Menu

Menu

Menu

Please click here for the full menu

Recommendation

  • 120g Hida beef cube

Verdict

120g Hida beef cube – 10/10
120g Hida beef cube – 9/10

One of my best and memorable meals on this Japan trip.  I went back twice to have Hida beef on this trip, it was simply divine.  The meat is top notched and a very reasonable price, even the lunch set fills me up completely.  However as it was so heavenly, we couldn’t help ourselves but order a plate of A5 Wagyu on its own and came out as happy as ever.  Not only was the meat delicious, the sides were all beautifully presented and cooked.  I highly recommend trying Hida beef here at Maruaki, you can never  go back to normal beef and you won’t ever see Kobe beef the same!

Would I go back again? Yes, I have over and over again
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥  10/10

Damage

Approximately 2500 jpy (180 hkd) per person

Details

Maruaki (Takayama Yasugawa branch)

3 Shimo Sannomachi
Takayama
506-0841
Gifu Prefecture
Japan

岐阜県高山市下三之町3

+81 577-37-2911

Monday – Sunday
11:00-20:00

Reservation
Yes!

There are other branches too so please check out their website.