I'm curious about all the Kobe beef I am starting to see on menus, including Spago's for $110. I lived in Japan for a couple of years and while there I was given a gift pack of frozen Kobe beef from a friend which included 4 small thin steaks (about the size of your palm) and some thin sliced pieces for sukiyaki--maybe 2-3 pounds of meat. I have no idea how much it cost but my estimate would be about $500.
In Hawaii last year I ordered a Kobe beef hamburger for $14. When I ordered it I doubted it was real Kobe beef and when I tasted it, it was like regular ground beef. I never had ground Kobe beef in Japan, so I couldn't compare. However, the meat I had in Japan was so unique and incredible I am wondering how anyone can pull off advertising Kobe beef and not serve the real McCoy. It's like when I see crab as an ingredient and get Krab, although it's usually not priced $100. Has anyone ever tried Kobe steak in Japan and in LA for a comparison? Spago's price isn't bad if it really is Kobe beef.