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Better Than Kobe Beef?!

July 8, 2016

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Hi everyone! Have we got a special treat for this video today. The best beef we’ve ever had. Yes, it is better than kobe beef. Well, better than the kobe beef we had.

More on that: a friend of ours has argued against us. When he saw our Kobe beef video he knew, just from looking at the beef, that he could introduce us to better beef. He recommend we check out this restaurant with its epic epic beef as comparison.

Now even though this was really, really great beef, there are some kinds of Kobe that are supposedly. What we had in our Kobe beef video was lower grade Kobe beef. And that was mind blowing. But now we had high grade Akita beef. This was earth-shattering. I can’t imagine what better beef tastes like. Universe-imploding. We’ll see. If you wake up one day and there is nothing left of the universe, it might be because we ate something better than this. Just a heads up.

What makes this beef so special? According to their pamphlet, “Akita-gyu is Japanese black cattle which have been raise in Akita. To qualify as Akita-gyu, cattle must have been fed varying increments of rice, and their meat quality must rank 3 or above. This is possible for Akita, as it is known as the ‘Land of Rice'”. I also didn’t know if the grading of the cattle would really affect the taste but OMG I WAS SO UNINFORMED. At the end of the meal they even gave us an envelope with the certificate of the beef with ate so we could take it home. And stare at it with deep longing and fond memories.

We also took pictures of almost everything we ate, except for some things, like the Abalone, which was amazing but the picture couldn’t focus and we were impatient I’M SORRY! Plus…abalone kind of looks like…a throbbing vagina…ahem… But here’s a look at the rest of the meal, if you’d like!

So, we loved it here. If you’d like to check it for yourself and have possibly the best beef and best service of your life, you can check out Gomei’s Website.

It might seem pricey but this is a full course meal that took three hours to enjoy, so this is your full night’s entertainment. It had unbelievable butler level service. I’m talking, ninja refills of water and wine, helping you out of your chair, greeting you at the door. I had to put my camera bag on the ground to take out our equipment, and they came over with a napkin to put underneath the bag, our shoddy old camera bag. How thoughtful. We felt like royalty!

It’s located in Ginza, specifically 1F Maxi de Pia Building, 6-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo 104-0061. Make a reservation by calling +81-3-6891-7711. Do it. DO IT~ It’s great! Tell them the pink haired Martina and Simon sent you. HAHA! DO IT~

Otherwise, if you want to see us lose our minds some more, we’ve got some extra scenes here! I wouldn’t call the bloopers because it was more like…droopers. Like drooling over….okay I’ll stop. What is your most favourite drool-worthy meal? Let us know so we can all share stories of magic food!

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  1. This looks absolutely exquisite!!! I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, and after 10 years it’s finally happening this summer! I’ve bookmarked this video since the day you guys posted it because I just knew it it’d make my trip even more memorable. I have one question if anyone is able to answer. I’m actually staying/visiting a friend in Japan when I go. Is it possible to get them to help me make a reservation to the restaurant or are they quite strict with foreigners having to use the concierge service to make a reservation?

    2 years ago
  2. I ate here recently, and in my opinion, it was definitely not better than kobe beef. After drink, tax, and tip, the bill ended up being over $600, so over $300 per person. I’ve had kobe beef in kobe a couple of times before, and akita beef is definitely not better than kobe beef. The beef did not have that much marbling to begin with. In fact, it was very tough and hard. It does not melt in your mouth like I’m led to believe, and requires quite a bit of chewing. It was still tasty, but I would take kobe beef over this any day. Akita beef was not as good as kobe beef. I feel akita beef is all just hype. Don’t believe the hype. Also, we were the only ones in the restaurant the entire time, so it was a little odd that the entire staff just stands there and stares at you while you eat. The good thing though, is that since all attention is on you, so you get excellent customer service. This is my honest review after eating here.

    3 years ago
    • In closing words, I do not recommend, and I will not be visiting here again.

      3 years ago
  3. What’s the price difference between this and Kobe?

    3 years ago
  4. In Tokyo right now on THE most awesome vacation ever. Not knowing a thing about where to eat in Japan, did what makes sense for any self-respecting foodie Canadian…. checked out your picks and you did not disappoint. Viewed your video on Akita beef at Gomei and had to indulge. Went there last night and it was everything you described and more. It wasn’t just a meal, it was an experience, and one I’m lucky and happy enough to say, I’ve now had the pleasure. I can now die in peace. When I ate that first bite of tenderloin, I heard angels singing. It was melt in your mouth amazing. When the chef asked where we were from and we said Canada, they immediately asked if we came to their restaurant because of Simon and Martina. Then they showed us where you two sat. Said since your video post, they’ve gotten a ton of Canadian clients. Prior to that, no foreigners. You two are definitely celebrities there. Thank you both for steering us to a most amazing evening of THE best foodie experience ever. Now off to try your amazing izakaya. Just need to find it first. Ha!

    3 years ago
  5. Hey! I totally Love your videos! Im traveling to japan in September this year and I checked out the website for this restaurant but they only say to call and make a reservation. I am currently in Cali and don’t have an international plan….. Do you guys know of anyway to make a reservation without having to call. If not do you think you could make a reservation like 3 days ahead of time???

    3 years ago
  6. Hey Simon and Martina this video was really fun to watch and so hilarious! It’s actually convinced me to go to Japan next week and I was wondering if you guys have any tips to get around? I speak some basic Japanese so I was also wondering about things I have to go eat or have to go see thanks you guys!! I love you both so much <3

    3 years ago
  7. Hello! I truly hope you are having a nice day and I hope this video didn’t ruin your day. Of course, I didn’t post it – but as a fellow human being – I can tell you were very offended and I feel for you. And I am sorry you were so angry that you felt that you had to hurt Simon and Martina’s feelings with your words. But no matter how hurt you were, your words were uncalled for. Please remember that Simon and Martina – and everyone – are people – with dreams, and hurts, and emotions – just like you. They would never have spoken to you the way you just did, in fact, I’m sure they would treat you VERY kindly if they met you and you said you were a fan. If the certificate made you so upset, think about – what if Martina was bedridden right now, crying in pain from her EDS, and she wanted to read these comments to make her feel better – but then she read yours? How do you think she would feel? I am assuming that you are a vegetarian or some version of that, but I’m sure you were not always a vegetarian – I’m sure you were moved by compassion and your humanity to want to be a better human being for other animals – I’m sure that no one yelled at you and spat hateful words or curse words like this to make you a vegetarian. If you had tried to say something positive about being a vegetarian or something honest and truthful without hate, I would be more willing to want to hear more about being a vegetarian. No one makes a positive change from a hateful message. So, please spread your message in love and patience – because I know that that you are a vegetarian because you want to be a good person – and I believe you are. But please don’t hurt people because you are hurt – because you know that Simon and Martina did not post this to purposely offend anyone. So let’s not hurt each other because of our differences – please remember that we are first, and foremost, human beings – so let us treat EACH OTHER kindly first. I truly wish you the best and I hope you have a nice day my fellow fan.

    3 years ago
  8. This video was amazingly delicious looking and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Thank you for bringing us on food adventures with you and being your amazing selves! It makes me so happy seeing you two enjoy yourselves and seeing Simon getting emotional over how good the meal was and that Martina got to eat the best beef -which she loooves.

    When me and my best friend went to Japan we made sure to go to Nabezo and Coco curry and fell in love (coco curry addiction is a real thing). When we go again we will surely and go here also. You never fail to recommend amazing things and have me salivating at all times of the day (and night haha). Me and my best friend are planning to go to Korea one day to go to all the places you recommended there!

    I just wanted to add some sunshine to your day guys because you two always add sunshine to my day – even when I’m sad. I hope the comments on this video didn’t get you down. I know you posted this happy video for us to enjoy and I know LOTS OF PEOPLE ENJOYED IT – I certainly did. So I hope you two have a beautiful day because you are beautiful people who deserve all the best things in life. *lots of hugs to you all*

    3 years ago
  9. That was interesting. I work in a butcher shop and seeing beef with that much marbling was amazing.

    Dietary choices or culturally imposed dietary habits do not confer moral superiority.

    Peoples need to get over their bad selves.

    3 years ago
  10. I’m a vegetarian, but I believe everyone can and should make their own choices about what they do or don’t eat. So I’m not out to convert anyone, but I’m also not interested in taking part in a mud-slinging contest. It’s been getting a little nasty on the YouTubes, so I chose to comment here.

    I love watching EYK videos, even though they eat quite a bit of meat, because I feel like there’s always interesting conversation happening and Simon and Martina are fun to watch! I have to say, though, that this was the first video of theirs that I just couldn’t get through. The certificate with the nose print was honestly a little horrifying to me, and seeing how happy they were about knowing the cow’s name just gave me the heebie-jeebies. All I could think of was Spudgy for some reason, and what his little nose print would look like. Then seeing the near raw state of the meat, like almost bloody, and I was like ‘nope!’ Like I said, everyone makes their own choices and should be allowed to do so. I’m not advocating for Simon and Martina to become vegetarians or vegans or anything. I don’t honestly think they ever would. But I was surprised a little bit by this video – or at least the half that I saw.

    I think it’s cool that Simon and Martina are open to finding out about other diets, and I know Martina cooks vegan foods. For me personally, I didn’t get into the whole intellectual thing, I just decided I didn’t want to eat meat anymore because it seemed creepy to me personally and so I just…stopped doing it. Other people make other choices and I’m (usually) cool with that, even though it makes me morally more ambiguous than the more, shall we say, ‘evangelical’ vegans and vegetarians.

    I rarely comment, and I don’t know why this video prompted me to do so. I think maybe because it was the first one that I was just kind of like ‘whoa, I can’t do this’ when it comes to one of their food videos (including the Kobe beef video). Maybe, too, I just wanted to add my perspective, which I know is different from Simon and Martina’s in this case. They’re great about reading comments and treating the thoughts of their fans with consideration and respect.

    3 years ago
    • Hey, thank you for being so respectful in expressing your opinion. Yes, the YouTube comments are getting a bit passionate, I’m finding. I’m sorry this video made you uncomfortable. I can see your perspective. And while we’re not vegetarians now, we were once, and we’re considering doing it again. Though, not for ethical reasons as much as health reasons, which we’re still researching at the moment.

      I will say, though, that I kind of feel better knowing about the animal we eat, as opposed to how meat is usually consumed, bought at supermarkets in big pink and red and white slabs, without knowing anything about the animal. Here I feel more of a respect for what we’re eating than usual, you know? But not everyone feels that way, and I respect that. Hopefully our next videos won’t make you feel grossed out :D

      3 years ago
  11. Pokemon, tiny spoons, delicious food & a Waterboy reference? I’m completely satisfied ^_^! Thank you both for the great vid! I personally prefer to leave comments here as opposed to the YouTube page because of all the random haters/shamers & I love reading the vlog because it adds so much more to each segment. Thanks, guise!

    3 years ago
  12. I had a look at the website, but I can’t see how many people the set menu’s feed – particularly the 30k one? I’m assuming it’s 2?

    3 years ago
  13. I’m so doing this next time I’m over. I’m going to eat all of Tokyo :3

    3 years ago
  14. Wow, just wow! And I really like the way you guise talk about food. Makes my inner-cook-soul very happy :D

    3 years ago
  15. Going to see if we can add this to our Japan vacation next month!!!!

    3 years ago
  16. Wow! That looked incredible and I don’t even like rare-looking beef! It’s amazing that it’s cooking the entire time you’re there. Seriously want some!!

    3 years ago
  17. I noticed when y’all ate the beef that you were using a fork. At what point do you switch between chopsticks and a fork in your experience? Do you always use a knife and fork for steak?

    ~fangirl~ I love you guise and I always look forward to your new videos! :D

    3 years ago
  18. I don’t think I have ever seen a video with Martina that close to tears before…. and Simon’s eye wouldn’t stop watering out of sheer joy. Man, I need to go to Japan!

    3 years ago
  19. Alrighty. Now you only need to top your sushi-experience-to-end-all-sushi-experiences, still know as the LEGENDARY MOTHER OF SUSHI VIDEOS. If you can even top that, I will concur that you are indeed broken human beings. Japan, why you so delicious?!

    3 years ago
  20. Super interesting video! I would love to learn more about how these cattle are grown in Japan, like a tl;dr. I have never seen somewhere that provides a personal history of the cow you’re eating in the USA (or anywhere…). Ever since hearing mention of Simon being a former vegetarian, I’ve been so curious (especially during these meat-heavy videos!) about how that came to be and why he returned to eating meat. I don’t know if that’s too controversial of a topic for the channel, but as a vegetarian myself I find it very engaging to hear the thoughts of other animal lovers in regards to their food choices. Keep up the delicious work!! :)

    3 years ago
    • Ah, I don’t find talking about food choices controversial. My vegetarianism was for health reasons. I ate bad beef and felt sick and didn’t want to eat anymore meat, so I didn’t. Then I felt great! I went back to meat after a couple of years because I missed the taste. I’d like to go back to vegetarianism one day.

      3 years ago
    • Oh my…just went and read some of the youtube comments. Not trying to add to any of that controversy, hopefully my comment is not taken that way. Honestly curious over here!

      3 years ago
      • Just to offer a different perspective, even though I grew up in a rural part of Michigan where hunting and farms are very common, my aunt became a vegetarian. But, she’ll still eat venison (deer meat for those that don’t know), because she knows the people in our family are responsible hunters, and do everything they can to make sure the deer don’t suffer. However, she is mostly bothered by how chickens and cows are treated and killed in mass farms. It bothers me as well, but I’m not in the position to be able to afford organic, grass-fed animals nor typical vegetarians options.

        I have never been able to kill chickens, cows or rabbits, but I do absolutely accept it as a way of life and I’m thankful I was taught where our food comes from. Something to also remember is that old age, disease, and other predators are not particularly kind to wild animals – I do honestly believe a respectful hunter that has learned how to make sure a wild animal won’t suffer is a much better alternative. Also, I don’t like watching lions, crocodiles or other predators take down a cute animal in the wild as much as anyone else, but that is life… whether you want to face it or not.

        It can be really hard to explain how it’s a valid way of life for animal lovers, other than the technical aspects such as the fact that if there weren’t hunters then more deer would just end up starving to death or hit by cars :-/ But that’s not the main reason we eat deer on a regular basis. Let’s just say that I live far from my family now, and there is nothing I want more than a meal made by my mom of venison, mashed potatoes, and homemade dill pickles… with some morel mushrooms found in the spring if we’re lucky :) It’s just a way of life, and I am thankful to the animals that have died to sustain it.

        3 years ago
        • Thanks for your reply. I can sympathize with your aunt. I totally understand the allure of the traditions we have been raised with, goodness knows the cravings I used to have for my family’s tater tot hotdish (I know, weird). I think that is bar none the hardest thing about being a vegetarian or vegan– turning away from things that have made you feel psychologically and emotionally safe and happy since you were a tiny child, and by which you’re constantly surrounded. In my case, I try to realize cravings for those foods are based on happy memories, and I don’t need to eat them to remember those things.

          I agree that responsible hunters are leagues above factory farming, but the moral argument is only one of many reasons why eating plant-based is a philosophy that makes sense to me…my own emotional and physical health, the environment, my finances…Really though, it comes down to the fact that it just isn’t necessary for me. I’m not a crocodile, and I can make conscious decisions about what I eat. I understand it absolutely is necessary for some people and I can’t fault them, but not for me. I am not an opposed-to-killing-animals-for-any-reason sort of vegetarian, because such things like pest control and medical research *are* necessary.

          I did notice you mentioned being able to afford veggie options, and I just want to put it out there that you don’t have to eat premade fake meats and the spendy stuff to make it as a vegetarian. Basics like rice, beans/pulses, potatoes, onions/garlic, and frozen veggies are all so cheap! No idea if there’s messaging on here but totally hit me up if you want cheap recipes sometime. :)

          Anywho, thanks for the input. I know that hunters and farmers usually care greatly for the animals they raise and use, and often have no other options for subsistence. I think the world would be a better place if all people knew a little bit more about where their food came from and valued those animals they were eating like your family does.

          3 years ago
        • However, I will say that responsible hunters are even more upset when animals are killed unnecessarily, whether it be someone that kills a deer and doesn’t eat it, or someone that kills an endangered animal for sport. It not only paints hunters in a bad light, but it is so disrespectful of the animal’s life. — I know you didn’t specifically ask about hunters, but there is no way I could really separate my feelings on being an animal-lover who eats meat from growing up around hunting.

          3 years ago
  21. Thank you Simon and Martina…. I’m visiting Japan mainly to eat, so I’m going to map out where these amazing places are and spend my time there just stuffing myself. :D Well worth it!

    3 years ago
  22. A new product for the E.Y.K. store – Mail order Akita beef portions!
    If only… sniffle..
    :'(

    3 years ago
  23. It looks amazing . I had my wisdom teeth removed a couple of day ago and I’ve watching all the fapfaps and dying slowly while I eat mashed potatoes

    3 years ago
  24. I tell you what these food videos of delicious delicious beef make me want to just move to Japan as soon as possible… damn you for having all the good fooods!!!

    3 years ago
  25. Yum. If I ever make it to Japan…
    The closest I’ve had was a wagyu beef burger and that was the best most fantastic burger ever. I can only imagine the amazingness of a prime cut. Drool.

    3 years ago
  26. shit!… haven’t even started the video and just reading this and looking at the pictures are making me salivate. I want me some meat now!

    3 years ago