Date

Oct 2015

Meal

Lunch

Ordered

STEAK SET

  • Kobe beef lunch set x 2 – 6280 jpy

Food

Starters

Soup

Vichyssoise soup

Vichyssoise soup

Salad

House salad

House salad

Soup was the first course and it acme immediately.  It was my first time having a Vichyssoise, it is a cold potato and leek soup.  At first i thought, why are they serving me a bowl of cream, but that stupid thought quickly went away.  I haven’t had a cold soup for so long, and it was great for a hot summer day. The soup was creamy yet not being too thick.  The salad was fresh, however it was only average in terms of creativity to the salad, but it was surprising to see raw mushroom in it.

Main

Kobe Beef Steak

Our steak

Our steak

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Removing the fat of our steak

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Slicing the steak

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Our Kobe beef

Searing away

Searing away

Seasoning the vegetables

Seasoning the vegetables

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Vegetables

Toppings for the Kobe beef

Toppings for the Kobe beef

Two sauces for dipping

Two sauces for dipping

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Mustard

Medium done steak

Medium done steak

Crispy fried garlic with Kobe beef

Crispy fried garlic with Kobe beef

Kobe beef with rice

Kobe beef with rice

Delicious vegetables

Delicious vegetables

Vegetables and tofu

Vegetables and tofu

you can even eat the fat

you can even eat the fat

Beansprouts

Beansprouts

We couldn’t believe our eyes when our chef came back with a huge piece of steak, the marbling on the piece of steak was premium.  Our chef started to cut out pieces of fat from the steak and start searing it on the metal grilling plate right in front of us.  He used the fat as the oil for our steak and vegetables.  He first started searing only three pieces each of the Kobe beef to medium cooked as we insisted.  When the meat was ready, he kindly recommended us to first eat it with a piece of fried garlic.  It was the best condiment  with Kobe beef, although the garlic wasn’t warmed up or fried in front of us, you can still taste the freshness and flavour.  Most importantly the garlic isn’t oily and too overwhelming, just about right in bringing out the creaminess of Kobe beef.  The meat was so delicious and tender, it melted in my mouth!
The chef then recommended me to have it with the mustard which i thought it was too strong for the Kobe beef.  Another good pairing is a little sea salt with the Kobe beef just to bring out the flavours.  However the ultimate best pairing is the warm bowl of rice, one bite of the beef and then a mouthful of rice, so comforting.
The vegetables were correctly cooked with right amount of seasoning.  There were two pieces each of the vegetables, and they even served us two pieces of tofu which I have not had in any other restaurants in Kobe.  I particularly liked the grilled beansprouts as they were crunchy and fresh!

Dessert

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Dessert was ice cream and coffee or tea.

Interior & Exterior

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Watching the action

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Our chef

Dining table

Dining table

Table setting

Table setting

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Entrance

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Entrance

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Entrance

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Entrance

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Entrance

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Car park nearby

Menu

Please click here for the full menu

Recommendation

  • Kobe beef lunch set

Verdict

Kobe beef lunch set – 9/10

My experience at Wakkoqu was more than just satisfying.  The Kobe beef served was premium quality with great marbling.  Although it is on the pricier side, however all the ingredients are served fresh, it was definitely worth every penny.  The lunch set includes soup, salad, steak, vegetables and dessert and it will fill up a hungry adult man.  The service was unstable, the reception lady was pushy and impatient especially when we were ordering.  The chef was genuinely helpful but lacked friendliness and smiles.  For Japanese standard, the service was average, they weren’t friendly or welcoming at all.
I would still come back to Wakkoqu despite it’s price, however i think it is still cheaper than Steak House Medium Rare at  Oriental Hotel which was double the price, however the service and food at Steak House Medium Rare was also double the quality.  You can’t even compare the two, one was top notch and one is high end.  I would prefer Steak House Medium Rare, however for that price I can have two meals here at Wakkoqu

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  6900 jpy (520 hkd) per person

Details

Wakkoqu

1F Hillside Terrace
1-22-13 Nakayamate-dori
Chuo, Kobe-city

078-222-0678

Monday – Sunday
12:00 – 22:00 (Last order: 21:00)

Reservation
MUST! or you will be turned away at the door