Ranking of the most popular steaks in Shiga Prefecture! The second place is “Meat Cuisine Kusutaro”, and the first place is ? September 2023 Edition


September 24, 2023: For those looking for steak recommendations in Shiga Prefecture according to Neravo, here are the restaurants that received high marks from users in September 2023.

[Image: See ranking No. 10 to No. 1].

Please refer to the latest data as it reflects the most recent data. Let’s take a look at the top results right away.  This ranking is based on “User Rating,” “Number of Reviews,” “Price Filter,” and “Rating Filter” of Google Kuchikomi.

No. 2: Kusutaro (4.6 points / 200 word-of-mouth reviews)
The second place is “Meat Cuisine Kusutaro” in Otsu City. As the name suggests, the restaurant boasts meat dishes, and was opened by the owner who served as chef at Mori Shima in Omi Hachiman. The meat is black Japanese beef from Mori Shima Farm, rice is Koshihikari from Sado Island, miso is made locally in Otsu, and other carefully selected ingredients are the restaurant’s specialties. At dinner time, you can enjoy “Kusutaro Kaiseki,” a course menu featuring their signature steak, appetizers, soup, and other dishes.

No. 1: French Cuisine Gingin (Gingin 2) (4.6 points / 441 comments)
The first place went to “French Cuisine Gingin (Gingin 2)” in Higashiomi City. This restaurant is well known for its excellent French cuisine using locally grown vegetables from Higashiomi and carefully selected fish and meat from the market. You can order a course meal with steak as the main dish for both lunch and dinner. With various specialties in food, wine, and the restaurant’s atmosphere, this is a famous restaurant where you can enjoy a highly satisfying dining experience.

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●Three major brand families of well-known meat
Matsuzaka meat first appeared on the market in the Taisho era (1912-1926).
Kobe meat was first shipped to foreigners at the opening of the port of Yokohama in 1859.
Omi meat has been offered to Edo along the Nakasendo Highway since the Genroku era (1688-1704) as a high quality edible Wagyu beef.



Omi beef is the oldest brand beef in Japan with 400 years of history.
Omi beef is said to have been offered to the shoguns as a luxury edible Wagyu beef since the Genroku era (1688-1704), and was served to the shoguns and the Gosanke family in Edo. It is the “oldest brand beef in Japan” and has been presented to the Shoguns and the Gosanke in Edo for medicinal purposes, and has been selected as the Imperial Household Agency’s official beef from the Meiji period to the present.
It was also presented to the Shogun and the three Tokugawa families as a “curative medicine” called “Henpongan” in the Edo period.
It is said to have been on the Shogun’s diet many times, even as times changed, and the effects of the meat are said to have contributed to his longevity. The care and attention given to the cattle, the good fertilizers produced in a favorable environment, and the passion and love for the cattle have improved the quality of the meat and nurtured a taste refined by wisdom.
Of the three well-known meat brands, Matsuzaka beef was first introduced to the market in the Taisho era (1912), and Kobe beef was first shipped to foreigners at the opening of the port of Yokohama in the late Edo era (1859), making Omi beef by far the oldest of the three brands.
Omi beef is the Japanese black cattle breed that has been raised the longest in Shiga Prefecture, and was recognized by the Japan Patent Office as a regional brand of beef, and registered as a regional collective trademark (character trademark) on May 11, 2007. (Trademark registration No. 5044958)




The Attractiveness of Omi Beef
Omi beef” is an expression of Shiga’s scenic beauty. Omi beef has the longest history and tradition among the three Japanese beef breeds, and is known for its supreme quality.
Omi beef has a low melting point of fat that melts on the human skin, bringing a melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness and a rich flavor that will remain in your memory. Its fine texture, light yet tender texture, and mellow aroma have long been favored by people of all ages and countries.



Overseas export of alcoholic beverages such as whiskey and sake, and agricultural, forestry, and fishery products such as Omi beef, Wagyu beef, and scallops

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