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“Pricey but worth it”
Review of Wakkoqu, Shinkobe

Wakkoqu, Shinkobe
Ranked #5 of 9,227 Restaurants in Kobe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pricey but worth it”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Initially dubious, as a result of the overly hasty and enthusiastic recommendation by the train station tourist information attendant, not to mention that on first glance it looks to be in a hotel attached to the station, this turned out to be a very enjoyable experience. The service is very pleasant, it was busy and therefore had a good atmosphere and the food was simply superb. Went all out with the special Kobe selection and a nice bottle of red, which came in at a little under $400 for two.

The only question we were left with was... Was it worth exploring Kobe a little more to see if anything more authentic or traditional existed? No regrets at all though.

  • Visited March 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
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Shanghai
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“HAHAHA, just UNbelievable”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Shortest review I ever wrote: If you are nearby or even IN Kobe, you like food, want to try Kobe Beef and have a few $$ in your pocket: GO THERE!!! 3rd floor of a mall in the Crowne Plaza, nice staff, english menu, awesome steak! I promise, you wont regret it! Its Teppanyaki but I thought it is the best way to try Kobe Beef and I was right...

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Sebastian_Schmitt
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Lakeland, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Melts in your mouth”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

My first experience with Kobe Steak, it was tremendous. The chef cooks for us on the hot grill, but first he carefully cooks thin slices of garlic on one side then flips them over until both sides are crisp. Then comes the steak trimming and cooking followed by vegetable cooking and garlic rice. What a meal. I have not eaten steak that tender before. It was well worth the expense.

  • Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Kobe in Kobe, what more can you ask for?”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We really wanted to go to Kobe to have Kobe beef, so this was it!

It’s a 30 year old english style decorated restaurant that serves steak by way of teppanyaki. We came for lunch which I feel is much of a bargain, because the kobe beef lunch (150g steak) was 5000y vs 8500y for 25g more for dinner! The set lunch comes with soup, salad, veggies, steak and dessert. The steak is first presented raw so you can appreciate the amazing marbling. Portions are small but something that rich, not sure I could stomach "american sized" steaks of the same quality.

For additional 800 yen you can order fried rice which the chef cooks in the kobe fat!!! Definitely a must.

We had a great experience, the steak was amazing. Highly recommended, esp for lunch. The restaurant is walking distance from Kobe JR station (10 min walk).

  • Visited February 2013
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Geelong Victoria
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“Expensive but a definite must do in Kobe”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

I agree with the previous reviewers about the quality and presentation and taste of the beef.
We went there for lunch, a steak was 5070 Yen, however we chose to have the larger dinner portion for 13500 Yen per person plus wine. This also included appetiser, entree, soup, dessert and coffee.
Wakkoku is the first restaurant in Japan where we were served wine correctly at near room temparature and in the appropriate stemware. Most other restaurants serve their red wine chilled.
The restaurant is on the 3rd floor of the ANA Crowne Plaza which can be seen to the right as one exits the Shin-Kobe Station. You are exiting the station on the second floor and walking under the covered walkway and entering the Crowne Plaza on the 3rd floor.

  • Visited February 2013
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