April 20, 2018
Hey party people, it’s time for more meat! Lots of meat. And this time, we’re trying one of the three cornerstones of Japanese beef. You’ve seen us have Kobe beef before. And now we’re trying Omi. Maybe one day we can finish the holy trinity and try Matsunaka beef, and then leave our final verdict on the best beef in Japan.
Interestingly, Martina and I have different opinions on our favourite beef. Martina’s is the Akita Beef we did a video about a while ago. That was, without a doubt, absolutely great, and better than the Kobe beef we had. That could be because the Akita beef was from a fancier place, while the Kobe beef was a lot less hoity-toity. I haven’t had Kobe beef fancy enough to like it more than the Akita beef. My favourite beef ever was from a steakhouse in Tokyo that served Sendai beef. That right there was something else. My personal favourite, while Martina still likes Akita beef the most.
Interestingly, after we went to Otsu, we went to visit our friends in Kobe, and two days after shooting this video we had a fancy Kobe beef dinner. I should have put air quotes around fancy. It was kind of a tourist trap. Actually, not kinda. Super duper tourist trap kind of place, and the beef wasn’t that great. While it cost a lot more than Steakland, it didn’t taste as good as Steakland, for sure. Hmm. We should probably make a video to protect people from tourist traps. I’m not sure how to do that yet, because we fell for the trap. Gah! We’ll thank about it a bit more.
Though I shouldn’t be that hard on it. The people beside us absolutely loved the Kobe beef they had. It was their first time having it, and they were thrilled. And while I can see that, yeah, even not great Kobe beef is still super great, there was a part of me that still thought, ah, move two stations over and spend 100 dollars less on better beef!
So, the final question is, where does Omi Beef rank compared to all the wagyu we’ve eaten over the years? Somewhere between Steakland and Akita beef, to be honest. The Omi Beef was absolutely delicious, and the fattiness is something we mentioned in the video that’s important. A lot of our older Japanese friends don’t really like wagyu anymore because they say it’s too fatty, but they liked it when they were younger. Now that we’re getting older, super fatty meat isn’t tickling our taints as much. Omi Beef was great because it had fattiness to it that didn’t overwhelm your mouth and make you feel like you ate a bag of lube. Steakland is fatty, but not too fatty. Omi Beef is less fatty and more beefy taste, which we like.
Also, I think it might be unfair to compare it to the Akita beef, because we had a big chunk of meat there, which allows for different kinds of cooking, and bigger, more varied mouth feels per piece. The Omi Beef pieces we had were thin, so we couldn’t taste them on a bigger bite scale with different textures on the sear vs inside the sear, if that makes sense. Does it? I don’t know. I feel like I’ve written so much about beef that it’s starting to get weird.
The point is, we really liked Omi Beef, and highly recommend you check it out. Hell, just go to Otsu, dammit! It’s a ten minute ride from Kyoto, without being as insanely busy, and has great beef, a gorgeous lake, and the best temple we’ve ever seen in our lives. I’m gonna share some pictures from our Otsu trip now, if you don’t mind:
Gosh I feel so guilty whenever we do extensively meaty meals because of our vegetarian/vegan viewers. I hope we can provide a bit of cultural history while talking about this, and maybe even a laugh or two. I’m not sure. We just found a vegan shop that’s supposedly well rated so we’re gonna check that out and hopefully we’ll like it enough to share. Hang with us, guys!
Lastly, here’s some bloopers, if you feel like some extra laughs :D