My friend and I just had lunch at 511 and as we arrived at 1.50 pm we were the only people in the restaurant - they closed at 2.30. This was fine, they took our orders pretty quickly and the food had all arrived within ten minutes.
We ordered the kobe beefburger and the kobe steak. Both main dishes arrived on a platter with a dish of rice, a salad of greens and pasta twirls, a miso soup and a tiny dessert of mango mousse. The miso soup was the best I've ever had! It had tiny mushrooms in it and was just the right temperature and flavour. The beefburger was a bit too soggy for my liking - it came in a Japanese citrus sauce. It's not your typical burger in a bun affair, it's literally a patty in a sauce served with vegetables. The cheesy potato side was delicious.
The kobe beef steak was seriously tasty and perfectly seasoned, although we did think it was a little overdone. It should have been red in the middle but it was brown all the way through.
The mango dessert was OK, nothing to shout about really. And it was tiny - more of a taster.
We went to 511 after searching 'best kobe in Tokyo' on Google and finding all the good reviews, but to be honest I've had better steak in other places. However, it's a nice lunchtime stop if you feel like splashing out and you're in the Akasaka area. I would suggest going earlier than 1.50 pm to enjoy more of an atmosphere. It's a bit boring and sterile being the only people in a restaurant.
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