Beef is a controversial subject in India, no matter how delectable some might find it.
And when it’s Kobe beef, the highest and most expensive variety from Japan, five-star hotel chains and swish restaurants have managed to weave a mystery around the dish, leaving diners and connoisseurs guessing on the legality of placing that piece of red meat on the plate.
Even as many of these were known to serve Kobe beef till very recently, chains spoken to by Business Standard denied they ever sold that variety. Or, for the matter, any beef.
Now, to the disappointment of Kobe beef enthusiasts, their favourite steak is off the menus of several hotel chains. Wasabi restaurant at the Taj Mansingh in Delhi is one. While Leela Hotels maintained it did not serve beef, the menu of its Japanese restaurant includes Wagyu steak, another beef variety, also from Japan. Oberoi Hotel also said while they got a lot of enquiries for Kobe, they did not serve it.
Full report here Business Standard