In the states, trying to find a place that serves waygu is rare. “USDA Choice” doesn’t even come close to taste and quality of the Japanese waygu. And to be able to enjoy a meal featuring it for under $12…almost impossible. First, let’s talk about what makes waygu beef different. This will break explain it easily:
Myth: THEY DO NOT MASSAGE THE CATTLE TO “SOFTEN” THE MEAT
A5 grade Japanese Waygu is the best of the best when it comes this carnivorous delicacy. Searching on the interwebs, here’s a place that can ship you some A5 stuff, $1,499 (PLUS shipping) for a nine pound piece:
If you’re traveling on a budget and want to get a taste of this incredible beef, go to Wayguuu in Kyoto. After touring around Fushimi Anari Taisha, I stopped by here for a bite. Side note: I highly recommend visiting Fushimi Inari in the morning before the crowds and countless selfie-taking Gaijins (guilty). Wayguuu is located with an easy 2-3 minute walk from Inari Station or Fushimi Inari Taisha.
They serve 100% Japanese Waygu beef bowls here for….drum roll….$9.40!!!! This was spring 2018 prices.
I actually ended up getting one of their Kujonegi Dog after destroying the Wayguuu bowl. Here’s the bowl I had. Simple ingredients, but so much flavor:
Japan is great for BOTH high end dining and budget eats like this. Wayguuu is a great example of the latter. Bottom line, if you’re in Kyoto, this is a MUST.