One of the reasons I love living in Japan is the great food. There is so much variety and I am pretty sure that most of the veggies are the freshest that money can buy. But what’s more is the quality of beef in Japan is superb. Even when you order the “service lunch” you get a pretty good cut of meat.
Yesterday, I had to do some banking in Sannomiya which is one stop on the limited express (特急) from my school in Okamoto, so I stopped in at “Steakland Kobe” for lunch. It was early but the waiting line was almost out the door already. The style is counter-style and the typical TEPPANYAKI method of cooking is done right in front of your eyes. Starting with a fair size cut of sirloin prepared to your liking and grilled veggies, Miso soup, a small salad, some pickles and rice and finishing off with a small cup of good coffee, the meal can be had for a mere 980 Yen. At a more normal exchange rate to the dollar of 110 Yen/$ that would be about $8.90 US. So it is a great deal and is fast and delicious.
If you’re ever in Kobe Sannomiya, stop in at Steakland Kobe which is just across the street north of the Hankyu Railways station. You will be glad you did!
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto)