Gold-Flaked Steak Exists, And You Can’t Afford It (Photos)


By Cooking Panda

In the latest befuddling iteration of eating actual gold food, an exclusive California restaurant is offering wealthy diners the chance to eat steak flecked with the stuff — for upwards of $395 per person, no less.

Head to Hiroshi in Los Altos, California, and you and your party can indulge in a 10-ish course dinner that typically includes their specialty — gold-flaked wagyu beef, notes Business Insider.

“Since the age of 16, I have spent 40-plus years in pursuit of perfecting the art of wagyu steaks,” the owner and head chef, Hiroshi Kimura, wrote in a statement on his restaurant’s website. “I can now proudly share with you all my accumulated experiences and knowledge at our restaurant, to provide you with a wagyu steak experience like none other.”

The Japanese fare usually costs people between $500 and $600 per head — of which there are only eight per night at one table — when tax, tips and drinks are factored in, notes Business Insider. The chef’s goal is to cater to Silicon Valley’s top earners, and he’s reportedly doing pretty well for himself.

The tender wagyu steak, which gets flown in weekly from Japan, is sliced thin and served with a miniature hibachi stove, so that guests can cook it longer or keep it warm if they wish. The gold bits that come with it are “more for show,” said General Manager Kevin Biggerstaff, adding that they don’t “really have any flavor.”

A bunch of residents haven’t yet tried it, but any exclusive, expensive restaurant is sure to draw some attention — and it sure has generated some buzz.

“I think most of the price comes from the mystique of what’s in there,” speculated Robyn Stuwe, who lives nearby, according to KPIX. “I would be surprised if the food is exceptional.”

But how does it taste? Yelp diners have given it glowing reviews, for the most part.

“The food was great,” wrote one Yelper. “The service was impeccable. The only thing that turned me off was the gold flake. Gold flake looks nice but it does not add any flavor to the food. I prefer them to spend the money on real food instead of gold flake.”

But by most accounts, the gold beef is absolutely top-notch.

Sources: Business Insider, KPIX, Hiroshi, Yelp / Featured Image: Geoff Peters/Flickr / Embedded Images: Melia Robinson/Business Insider, Hiroshi via Business InsiderTags: course dinner, expensive beef, gold flaked wagyu beef, gold food, Gold-flaked steak, kobe beef, steak flecked, wagyu, wagyu steaks, wealthy diners
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