Kobe Plaisir Ginza's Incredible Teppanyaki Courses [PR]
One of Tokyo's most amazing teppanyaki experiences can be found at Kobe Plaisir Ginza. The restaurant boasts courses that feature Kobe Beef and other Japanese delicacies such as the Japanese spiny lobster (ise-ebi).
Kobe Plaisir Ginza
The cooking style emerged in post-WW2 Japan, and it's now often associated with high-end Japanese cuisine. In a way, the experience is somewhat similar to dining at a luxurious sushi bar, where you sit at a counter and see the chef skilfully prepare your food on the other side. In the case of teppanyaki, the counter is directly connected to the teppan grill. It's thoroughly entertaining to see the master teppan chefs at work, cooking your meal one item at a time.
So where can you combine having a wonderful teppanyaki experience and taste the world's best beef? The answer is in central Tokyo, in the Ginza district, at a place called Kobe Plaisir Ginza.
Exquisite teppanyaki dinner courses
Meat & crustacean course with Kobe Beef sirloin [¥30,000]
■ One Spoon Caviar
■ Original ‘Kobe Beef’ Sushi
■ Sauteed Foie gras
■ Japanese Fresh Prawn or Japanese Fresh Spiny Lobster (Ise-Ebi)
■ Vegetable Palate Refresher
■ Fresh Salad
■ Beef Steak 80g
■ Grilled Vegetables
■ Steamed Rice produced in Hyogo Prefecture or Fried Rice with Garlic
or Rice of the month. (+¥1,000)
■ Japanese Pickles and Miso-Soup
Kobe Beef sushi
Unlike most of the meat sushi that is made with lean red meat, the cut used for these is well-marbled and incredibly flavorful Kobe Beef sirloin. Lightly scorched, the meat topping is of incomparable tenderness. It melts in your mouth, releasing Kobe Beef's characteristic sweet and savory umami taste.
To match the flavor of the beef, even the rice is done in a special way. Indeed, it's made to be slightly sweeter than the average sushi rice so that the sweetness of the rice matches the natural sweetness of the beef. Also, to add a fresh, citrusy accent, there's a little bit of grated daikon radish and ponzu sauce as toppings. You don't need to dip these sushis in soy sauce because they are perfect as they are.
Kobe Beef sirloin
First, the piece is warmed slightly on a raised grilled over the teppan griddle. You'll notice the meat turn bright red as it warms up. This is done because a lower temperature differential before the grilling takes place allows the meat to retain the most of its natural flavors.
The sirloin is then grilled briefly on both sides. You might notice that very little of the juices are lost, which means all the flavors are locked inside. This is partly because of the characteristics of Kobe Beef and partly because the grilling process is done in an instant at a very high temperature.
Finally, the chef expertly slices the meat into bite-sized pieces directly on the teppan plate and serves it to you piping hot from behind the counter.
Japanese fresh spiny lobster
Having it cooked teppanyaki-style at Kobe Plaisir Ginza just happens to be one of the best ways to enjoy ise-ebi. The reason is that it's grilled only briefly at a very high temperature on the teppan plate, which makes the flesh extra plump and sweet.
You can start by tasting it as is, and then for a change in taste, you can have it with some Tosa vinegar, or a special tartar sauce.
Kobe Plaisir Ginza serves a variety of fresh Japanese seasonal vegetables as part of their courses. The quality is undeniable. They simply need to be frizzled with a small amount of olive oil and seasoned lightly on the teppan plate for them to be delectable. The vegetables are so good that even vegetarians that came to the restaurant along with their meat-eating friends are saying that they're some of the best grilled vegetables they've had.
The restaurant is very foreigner-friendly too, so do not worry if you don't speak Japanese.
Due to its popularity, it's better to make a reservation beforehand if you plan to go.
- Food news and dining guides for Japan! We bring you some of most beautiful moments happening around restaurants in Japan.