“The only time to eat diet food is while you are waiting for the steak to cook.” - Julia ChildNo need for confessions here, we suppose. Those who are in the know are already aware that we basically worship meat, and we try not to feel too guilty about it either. We've never been shy about expressing the joys of cutting through and devouring a succulent, juicy slice of steak expeically, which is probably why we somewhat painstakingly (it's not really work if you love it, right?) catalogued a list of the best restaurants in Mumbai to sample good steak in.
Unfortunately, it's been a painful few months for us and others like us since the imposition of the beef ban in Maharashtra. Weeks of begging our out-station friends to ‘smuggle’ some of these illegal goods into the state later, or uncovering some rebellious butchers who've found ways to sneak around the rules, we happened to come across this article by Telegraph that seems almost fated in its timeliness. Titled ‘The world’s best steak restaurants,’ it just took our tiny little city list and shattered it into oblivion. If you're travelling abroad this year, perhaps you want to plan it according to one of these places and sample a kobe beef steak in Tokyo's Kawamura or maybe you're willing to go even further, all the way to Buenos Aires' La Cabana Las Lilas for a real, Argentinean steak.
Or you can keep scrolling till you decide which country you want to move to. Enjoy.
1. Beefsteak Kawamura, Tokyo, Japan
“This multi-award winning restaurant is considered amongst many to to offer the best steak in the world: Kobe beef, which is celebrated for its big flavour and high-fat, marbled texture. Eating here doesn't come cheap: diners pay about £115 (22,050 yen) for 120g of the famous beef, which the restaurant buys at auction.”
2. La Maison de L’Aubrac, Paris, France
“Open 24 hours a day, this Parisian gem is situated just off the famous Champs-Élysées. It specialises in beef from Aubrac cows, an ancient breed which produces some of the most succulent and prized meat in France. Parisians flood here at any hour of the day or night to get their fix of delicious steak.”
3. El Capricho, Leon, Spain
“Farmer and chef José Gordón (left) is the brains behind El Capricho, a temple to beef tucked away in the tiny village of Jimenez de Jamuzis. José sources the best cows available, rearing them for an unusually long time (an average of five years) and ages the meat for around 90 days, to intensify the flavour. This September, he will be visiting the Meatopia festival in London, so Brits can try his unique meat.”
4. La Cabaña Las Lilas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Cabaña Las Lilas combines the best beef with the traditional warmth and hospitality of Argentina. The meat comes from the owners' own ranch. Highly recommended are the ojo de bife and bife de lomo - or, as we would know them, rib-eye and sirloin.”
5. Gibson's steakhouse, Chicago, US
“Voted best American Steak house in the 2015 ‘Munchies’ awards, Gibson's is a classic American steakhouse, which prides itself on its huge portions. Serving corn-fed beef which is aged for up to 120 days, Gibson's claims to serve the most delicious and tender steaks in all of America”
6. Moishes, Montreal, Canada
“Founded in 1938 by a Romanian immigrant called Moishe Lighter, Moishes' delicious steak has attracted a star-studded clientele over the years: Penelope Cruz and Robert de Niro are among the famous faces who enjoy dining here. In 2013, the Canadian gem celebrated its 75th anniversary as one of Montreal’s favourite restaurants.”
7. La Cabrera, Bueno Aires, Argentina
“Situated in the popular Palermo area, Buenos Aires’s La Cabrera serves the most superior grass-fed beef, making it a shrine to steak-purists worldwide. Diners at La Cabrera have the choice of more than 24 cuts of beef and a huge array of side dishes.”
8. Relais de L'entrecôte, Geneva, Switzerland
“With a total of four restaurants; three in Paris and one in Geneva, Relais de l’entrecôte specialises in the contre-filet cut of sirloin, and is popular amongst locals as the place to get the best traditional ‘steak-frites’."
9. Hawksmoor, London, UK
“Regarded by meat-loving Londoners as the best place to get a steak in town, Hawksmoor currently has seven branches in the UK, providing delicious beef and famously excellent service. The company maintains that the best steaks come from carefully reared native cattle breeds right here in Britain, but the prices are fairly reasonable as steak goes: you'll pay around £18 for a 350g 55 day-aged D-Rump.”
10. Aragawa, Tokyo, Japan
“Since its opening in 1967, Aragawa has raised pure-bred Tajima cattle for more than 28 months in the Sanda region of Hyogo Prefecture. From among these prize cattle, Aragawa carefully select the very highest grade to serve. The decor is modest, but a meal here could easily set you back hundreds of pounds.”
11. CUT at The Dorchester Hotel, London, UK
“Although the original branch of Wolfgang Puck's CUT is situated in LA’s Beverly Wiltshire Hotel, the meat provided by the London branch is arguably the best. Located in the Dorchester Mayfair hotel, the award-winning chain offers outstanding waygu steaks, a superb wine list and impeccable service.”
12. Antica Osteria Nandone, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy
“Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a favourite Tuscan steak, traditionally taken from local Chianina cows, and so tender you can cut it with a spoon. You'll find it offered in most restaurants in the region, but this charming restaurant does one of the best, cooked right before your eyes.”