Date

Sept

Meal

Lunch

Ordered

Wagyu Beef Steak Lunch

  • 120g Kobe Beef Steak Set – 13500 jpy
  • 100g Kobe Beef Steak Set – 11500 jpy

Food

Each set comes with Starter. Salad, Grilled Seasonal Vegetables. Your Choice of Beef, Steamed White Rice or Garlic Rice, Miso Soup, Japanese Pickled Vegetables, Dessert and Coffee or Tea

Starter

Eggplant  and Beef brisket 

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Eggplant (L) and Beef brisket (R)

Eggplant

Eggplant with dashi

We were served with two starters, one was a cold marinaded eggplant (aubergine) and the other was beef brisket. Portions were tiny, however food in Japan isn’t focusing on the quantity but the quality.  Although being bite size, I really enjoyed savoring the tiny pieces full of flavours little by little.  Every pieces  were made with love.

Salad

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The salad was fresh and superbly made.  All the green vegetables were thinly and delicately sliced to around the same size. There was only one cherry tomato, but it was so fresh and juicy.  Sweet corns as you can see isn’t from the can but sliced from the cob.  Roasted sesame dressing was added to the side of the plate instead of adding it onto the salad itself, so instead of just tasting the dressing, you can actually taste the fresh vegetables.

Let’s compare the salad here with Steakland, another steakhouse in the KObe, but half the price of this place.

Salad

Salad at Steakland

You can clearly see the salad at Steakland is very messy, greens are messily cut and a large slop of dressing on top. One is fast food quality salad and one is high end restaurant salad!

Grilled Seasonal Vegetables

Attentively preparing the vegetables

Attentively preparing the vegetables

Grilled vegetables

Grilled vegetables

Grilled vegetables

Grilled vegetables

Grilled vegetables

Grilled vegetables

A portion of vegetables came with the set meal we chose, there were green pepper, potato, carrot and onion.  These vegetables were grilled before the meat, and as you can see from the photos each piece are finely cut and around the same size.  They were not burnt but each piece is nicely grilled to slightly browned.  Sea salt was lightly salted on top when grilling.

Kobe Beef

Best beef in town

Best beef in town

Kobe beef

Kobe beef 100 grams (L) & 120 grams (R)

Chef looking so professional even seasoning the meat

Chef looking so professional even seasoning the meat

Meat seasoned

Meat seasoned

Sharp knife

Sharp knife

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100 grams

100 grams

120 grams

120 grams

Medium

Medium

Beautifully cooked

Beautifully cooked

Delicious

Delicious

Melts in your mouth

Melts in your mouth

We ordered one 120 grams and one 100 grams of Kobe beef.  At first we wanted to order only 80 grams as the price is quite steep, however we realize there isn’t much difference in the cost, but expected us to regret having so little.  120 grams was just about right even for a small lady like me.   the long and thinner piece is the 100 grams, and the thicker piece is 120 grams.  It is the same beef, however I enjoyed the 120 grams Kobe beef more, maybe because of the texture.  As it was a thicker piece, after being cut, it was more like a cube, this makes the meat more juicier and creamier.  We asked for the steak to be cooked to medium, and it was medium, not medium cooked or medium rare.  The beef was heavenly, little crispy on the edges outside, juicy on the inside.  The Kobe beef actually melts in your mouth, it takes a good 30 minutes for the melt to melt into nothing.  It was so delicious.

I loved watching our chef, he looked so professional and talented even from seasoning the beef.  He handled the knife as if it was a samurai sword cutting into the top beef steak.  He kept the grill and knife spotless which made it even more professional compared to other teppanyaki restaurants in Kobe.

Steamed White Rice or Garlic Rice

Making the fried rice

Making the fried rice

Garlic fried rice in the making

Garlic fried rice in the making

 

Garlic fried rice

Garlic fried rice

Garlic fried rice

Garlic fried rice

Plain boiled rice

Plain boiled rice

There was a choice of having plain boiled rice or garlic fried rice so we decided to have the best of both worlds.  The garlic fried rice was made from leftover cold rice that the chef brought out.  It was cooked freshly in front of us while the plain boiled rice was already put in front of me. Both the rice was great and served hot, so depends what you actually prefer. I preferred the white rice as the beef was already very rich and creamy, and I needed something to accompany the beef.

Miso Soup

No picture of the miso soup

Japanese Pickled Vegetables

Japanese Pickled Vegetables

Japanese Pickled Vegetables

Dessert

Melon cream cake

Melon cream cake

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

There were four desserts to choose from, and we asked our chef to recommend. He said his afvourite was the tiramisu, and we decided to choose the melon cream cake as melon in Japan are extremely juicy.  We weren’t disappointed with our choices.  The melon cream cake was my favourite.  There were three layers of the fluffy and juicy cake, and layers of melon on top with lots of cream.  However this isn’t as heavy as western cream cakes, the cream was light and fluffy and not even sweet.  It was so good with the juicy melon. It was another highlight of the meal.  The tiramisu was also really good, with a hint of alcohol, but the mascaphone cream was also light and creamy.

Coffee or Tea

No picture but it was a pretty damn good coffee

Ambience & Interior

Waiting for the chef

Waiting for the chef

Beautiful view at the back of the restaurant

Beautiful view at the back of the restaurant

Table setting

Table setting

Packed at lunch time

Packed at lunch time

Plate cover

Plate cover

Medium Rare restaurant is located on 17th floor at the Oriental Hotel, also on the same floor is an Italian restaurant too.  Upon arriving, you will see the Italian restaurant, and its reception.  We were made to wait there and were told Medium Rare is not opened yet.  However after a good few minutes of waiting, we were left down the corridor on the right and found Medium Rare has opened already.

There are 4-5 cooking stations in the restaurant, one right at the back as the view of the window, however we were seated at the entrance, which was fine to us.   I could hardly smell any smoke or food being cooked as there was a fan ventilation at every cooking station, making sure you don’t end up smelling like you steak.  They even put a piece  of cloth over my handbag making sure it doesn’t smell too.

Menu

Please click here for the full menu

Recommendation

  • Kobe beef steak sets

Verdict

120g Kobe Beef Steak Set – 10/10
100g Kobe Beef Steak Set – 9/10

Steak House Medium Rare at Oriental Hotel was the best experience I have had for a Teppanyaki restaurant.  It isn’t just an ordinary Teppanyaki restaurant, but the service was topnotch. Our chef was attentive, friendly and every move was so handsome.  He was so accurate even when seasoning the vegetables and the attentiveness he use for cutting the steak precisely.  i enjoyed my meal as he was not rushed preparing our meal, even though we only had a two hour time slot.    Every course was made from the best ingredients and cooked perfectly, making this the best meal i have had in Kobe.

  The only thing I can comment on is their reception was rather rude, as we are not Japanese or Westerners, we weere even acknowledged and were made to wait at the iItalian restaurant as we were told Medium Rare is not opened yet.  We were left to stand there without anyone getting back to us.  We had to keep asking to be taken over to Medium Rare in the end.   Except from that, our chef was really professional and gave the best service.  He was helpful, hardworking and even came out to the corridor to say goodbye to us.  

Would I go back again? Yes
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥ 
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 9/10

Damage

Approximately 10000jpy (800-900 hkd) per person

Details

Steak House Medium Rare Oriental Hotel

17th Floor , Oriental Hotel
Kyomachi, 25
Kobe, Chuo Ward,
Hyogo Prefecture,
Japan 650-0034

+81 78-326-1577

Monday – Sunday
11:30AM–2:30PM
5:30–10PM

Reservation
Definitely for lunch and dinner

I would call few days earlier to make a reservation as there are only minimal seats.  We were lucky to call on the day at 10.30am and they had a table free, but only to 1.30pm.