Wagyu Beef

Wagyu Beef

Celebrated as the ultimate expression of beef excellence, Wagyu meat claims its throne as the pinnacle desire for culinary enthusiasts far and wide. But what exactly propels Wagyu beef to this exalted stature amidst the array of premium meat options? The answer can be summed up in a single word: fat.

Yet, it's not just any fat, it's the mesmerising, intricate web of intramuscular fat that delicately marbles through the flesh, resulting in an unparalleled level of tenderness that's nothing short of extraordinary.

What is Wagyu Beef?

Wagyu beef is a highly prized and sought-after type of beef known for its exceptional quality, tenderness and marbling. The term 'Wagyu' translates to 'Japanese cow' (wa meaning Japanese and gyu meaning cow) and the beef is derived from specific breeds of cattle that originate in Japan. These cattle have been carefully bred and raised for generations to produce meat with a unique and distinct flavour profile.

Wagyu Beef Origin

It's important to note that the best Wagyu beef isn't limited to a single breed but encompasses several different Japanese cattle breeds, each with its own unique characteristics.

The most famous and renowned among these is Kobe beef, which comes from a specific lineage of Tajima cattle raised in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan, known for its strict quality standards and rigorous production methods.

In 1944 the term ‘Wagyu’ was defined to describe a specific set of 4 cattle breeds: Japanese Black, Brown, Shorthorn and Polled Cattle, raised in different regions including Miyazaki, Kobe and Matsuzaka.

These regional names have become part of the identity and authentication of the Wagyu. Our Japanese Wagyu is raised in the Gunma Prefecture of Japan, it is known for its beautiful cherry-red meat and intense marbling, which gives the meat a slightly sweet, deep flavour.

These days the rearing of Wagyu cattle in Japan is strictly regulated and traceable ancestry is imperative, along with a diet rich in wheat and corn and a long, leisurely lifestyle. 

How is Wagyu Beef Raised?

Wagyu beef is raised through a meticulous and often labour-intensive process that aims to produce the highest quality meat with exceptional marbling and flavour. The specific methods can vary depending on the region and farm, but here are some general aspects of how Wagyu beef is typically raised:

  1. Genetics and Breeding: Wagyu beef begins with the selection of high-quality cattle breeds known for their potential to develop intense marbling. Different strains of Wagyu cattle such as Tajima, Shimane and others, have their own unique characteristics. Selective breeding is used to maintain and enhance these desirable traits in the offspring.

  2. Feeding: The diet of Wagyu cattle plays a crucial role in achieving the signature marbling for which the beef is prized. Cattle are often given a specialised and carefully balanced diet that may include high-quality wheat grains, corn, forages and other nutrients. Some farms also incorporate unique components such as rice straw or sake mash to promote marbling and enhance flavour.

  3. Stress Reduction: To ensure the well-being of the cattle and to prevent stress that can negatively impact meat quality, some farms employ techniques such as providing a calm and low-stress environment, playing soothing music or even giving gentle massages to the animals.

  4. Free-Ranging vs. Confined: While some Wagyu cattle are raised in open pastures, many are also raised in confined environments, such as barns or feedlots. This controlled environment allows for more precise management of the cattle's diet and conditions.

  5. Exercise: Some farms incorporate controlled exercise routines for their cattle to promote muscle development and overall health. This exercise can contribute to the even distribution of intramuscular fat.

  6. Ageing: After slaughter, Wagyu beef often undergoes a period of dry ageing or wet ageing, where the meat is stored under controlled conditions. This process helps enhance the tenderness and flavour of the meat.

  7. Regulations and Quality Control: In Japan, where Wagyu beef is highly regulated, strict guidelines are in place to ensure the quality and authenticity of the product. This includes factors like the breed of cattle, their lineage, feeding practices and more. The Kobe beef brand, for example, adheres to extremely rigorous standards to maintain its reputation.

  8. Crossbreeding: In some regions outside of Japan, crossbreeding of Wagyu cattle with local breeds is common. This can result in Wagyu-style beef that possesses marbling characteristics similar to traditional Wagyu, though there may be variations in flavour and texture.

British, Australian & American Wagyu Beef

In recent years, Wagyu-style beef has also been produced in other countries, such as the United States, Australia, UK and others, often by crossbreeding Wagyu cattle with local breeds. While these products may not have the exact same characteristics as traditional Japanese Wagyu, they can still offer a high degree of marbling and a premium eating experience.

Here, at Fine Food Specialist we have a wide range of Japanese Wagyu, British Wagyu, US Wagyu and  Australian Wagyu, both frozen and fresh cuts for you to choose from.

Wagyu Beef Cuts

At Fine Food Specialist, we take pride in offering a distinguished selection of Wagyu steaks, each exemplifying the remarkable qualities that have made Wagyu beef a true gastronomic treasure. Our range includes a variety of cuts, each presenting a unique experience for discerning palates:

  • Wagyu Fillet - renowned for its melt-in-the-mouth texture, this cut is a testament to the artistry of marbling. 
  • Wagyu Sirloin - immaculately marbled and thoughtfully curated, this cut balances exquisite flavour with the perfect amount of decadent fat, resulting in a steak that's both luxurious and satisfying.
  • Wagyu Ribeye - the lush interplay of intramuscular fat throughout the meat ensures every bite is a symphony of taste and tenderness, creating a steak that stands as a culinary masterpiece.
  • Wagyu Rump - embodies the distinct attributes of Wagyu: richness, depth and unparalleled succulence. 
  • Wagyu Bavette - crafted to deliver a balance of tenderness and flavour, this cut invites you to discover the complexities that define authentic Wagyu beef.

Wagyu Beef Grades

A Beef Marble Score (BMS) grading from 3 to 12 is given to each carcass, determined by the density of muscle fat found between the 12th and 13th ribs. In addition, Japanese Wagyu is also assigned a letter from A to C and a number from 1 to 5, with A5 being the highest quality attainable. Discover more about Beef Marbre Score grading on our blog.

What Makes Wagyu Beef So Special?

What sets Wagyu beef apart is its intense marbling, which refers to the fine streaks and patterns of intramuscular fat that are dispersed throughout the muscle tissue. This marbling not only gives the meat its signature melt-in-the-mouth texture but also contributes to its rich, buttery taste and juiciness. The high level of marbling is achieved through careful feeding and meticulous husbandry practices.

Why is Wagyu Beef So Expensive?

Wagyu beef's high price tag is a reflection of several factors that contribute to its unique quality, scarcity and the labour-intensive processes involved in its production. 

The fat found in Wagyu meat is predominantly comprised of unsaturated fatty acids, which are known to have far fewer negative health effects than those found in standard beef.

The melting point of these fats is also significantly lower than other meats and sometimes begins to dissolve at room temperature. As the fat melts into the meat during cooking, it imparts a rich, savoury, umami flavour. The result is wonderfully tender, dissolving on the tongue.

How to Cook Wagyu Beef?

We’ve got loads of delicious recipes from Drogo’s Kitchen if you’re in need of some inspiration such as this Wagyu Chuck Denver with Béarnaise and Courgette Fries or Wagyu Beef Cheek Pie with Bone Marrow Gravy.

Where to Buy Wagyu Beef UK?

If you've been wondering where to buy Wagyu beef in London, UK then search no more. Browse our extensive selection of fresh and frozen Wagyu beef, with all cuts of extremely high quality, including fillet, sirloin, ribeye, rump as well as Wagyu joints.

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  1. Butcher's Wagyu Box, +/-1.6kg
    Butcher's Wagyu Box, +/-1.6kg
    £87.95
    We have selected our favourite Wagyu cuts of beef for you to try! The box is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. It includes a bavette, Chuck Denver, Short Rib, and to top it off some bone marrow butter, to cook the delicious meat with! Bavette steak is a popular cut in France thanks to...
  2. Japanese Wagyu Steak Gift Set
    Japanese Wagyu Steak Experience Gift Set
    £87.95
    Unveil Opulence: Japanese Wagyu Steak Gift Box! Enter a realm of unparalleled luxury with our Japanese Wagyu Steak Gift Box, an ode to the pinnacle of beef excellence. Crafted for connoisseurs of exceptional taste, this collection embodies the essence of Japanese Wagyu, promising an exquisite dinin...
  3. Wagyu Steak Experience Gift Set
    Wagyu Steak Experience Gift Set
    £46.95
    Unwrap Indulgence: Wagyu Steak Gift Set! Prepare to elevate your dining experience with our Wagyu Steak Gift Set, a carefully curated ensemble designed to bring the finest flavours to your table. Crafted for aficionados of exceptional beef, this collection promises a journey into the world of premi...
  4. Wagyu Tri Tip
    Wagyu Tri Tip, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-1.2kg
    £38.95
    Indulge in Excellence: Wagyu Tri Tip, BMS 4-5! Elevate your culinary experience with our Wagyu Tri Tip, boasting a marbling score of 4-5 on the Beef Marbling Standard (BMS). Renowned for its unmatched tenderness, succulence and rich flavour profile, this premium cut promises a dining experience tha...
  5. Wagyu Beef Ribeye, Halal, BMS 6-10
    Wagyu Beef Ribeye, Halal, BMS 6-7, Fresh, +/-3kg
    £398.00
    Indulge in Culinary Excellence: Halal Wagyu Beef Ribeye Experience the epitome of culinary luxury with our Halal Wagyu beef ribeye, a gastronomic delight that promises unparalleled taste and tenderness. Sourced from the finest Wagyu cattle, our ribeye cut is a testament to careful breeding, expert ...
  6. Wagyu Slider Burgers
    Wagyu Slider Burgers (+/-6cm), Frozen, 20 x 75g
    £45.95
    Introducing Our Exquisite Wagyu Beef Slider Burgers! Indulge your taste buds in a culinary experience like no other with our mouthwatering Wagyu Slider Burgers. Crafted to perfection using the finest, most tender and flavorful Wagyu beef, each bite will transport you to a realm of gastronomic delig...
  7. Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade1
    Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade1, Frozen, 2 x +/-150g
    Special Price £115.00 Regular Price £129.95
    Prepare to be transported to a world of unparalleled luxury with our Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade 1. This exquisite cut of beef is renowned worldwide for its exceptional quality, dense marbling, and incredibly rich flavour. It is a true delicacy that will leave you wanting more. Our A5 Wagyu fi...
  8. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin A5, BMS 10-12, Thick Cut, Frozen
    From £85.00
    Indulge in the decadent and highly delicious Japanese Wagyu Sirloin A5, BMS 10-12, a true delicacy that's not to be missed! This highly marbled Wagyu beef boasts an unparalleled level of richness, tenderness and flavour. It's no wonder that Japanese A5 wagyu sirloin steak is considered to be some o...
  9. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-150g
    £49.99
    Indulge in a culinary masterpiece with our Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12. This exceptional cut of beef promises to deliver an unforgettable and extraordinary dining experience. Prepare to be captivated by the sheer decadence of this Wagyu steak, as a little goes a long way with Japanese Wagy...
  10. Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen
    Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen
    From £44.95
    Experience the epitome of gastronomic excellence with our Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12. Sourced exclusively from Japan, this exceptional beef embodies the pinnacle of flavour, tenderness and marbling that has made Japanese Wagyu renowned worldwide. Crafted from the finest Wagyu cattle our J...
  11. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-200g
    £58.00
    Indulge in the unparalleled richness and tenderness of Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will transport your taste buds to new heights of gastronomic delight. Renowned for its exquisite marbling and unmatched flavour, this premium cut of Wagyu beef i...
  12. Wagyu Beef Ribeye Joint, BMS 4-5
    Wagyu Beef Ribeye Joint, BMS 4-5, Fresh, +/-3kg
    £305.00
    Elevate Your Special Occasion with Wagyu Beef Ribeye Joint! Experience the ultimate in gourmet dining with our Australian Westholme Wagyu Beef Ribeye Joint, BMS 4-5. Perfect for special occasions, this exceptional roasting Wagyu joint promises an unforgettable feast. Weighing in at approximately 3k...
  13. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, 2 x 200g
    Special Price £90.00 Regular Price £116.00
    Indulge in the epitome of luxury dining with our Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12. This exquisite cut of beef is the crown jewel of Japanese cuisine, renowned for its unparalleled quality and flavour. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other as you savour the melt-in-your-mouth ten...
  14. Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade1
    Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade1, Frozen, +/-150g
    £64.95
    Indulge in the ultimate luxury with our Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade 1. This is a cut of beef that is truly deserving of its reputation as one of the world's finest. With dense marbling and an incredibly rich flavour, it's no wonder that Wagyu beef is highly sought after by food connoisseurs. O...
  15. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, 2 x +/-150g
    Special Price £79.95 Regular Price £99.95
    Experience the Extraordinary: Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12! Prepare yourself for an extraordinary culinary adventure with our Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12. This sirloin steak is more than just a meal, it's a symphony of flavours and textures that will leave you in awe. Indulge in ...
  16. Wagyu 'Bavette' Flank Steak, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-500g
    Wagyu 'Bavette' Flank Steak, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-500g
    £27.95
    Bavette steak is a popular cut in France thanks to its excellent flavour and reasonable price. It is the flank or skirt of the cow, which has a high fat content and therefore lots of flavour. The amount of fat marbling through the meat of the Wagyu breed gives it extra flavour and a soft texture. A ...
  17. Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, Frozen, +/-2kg - unpackaged
    Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, Frozen, +/-1.8kg
    £79.95
    This less expensive cut of Wagyu is full of flavour but needs long, slow cooking. We suggest you start by browning the ribs in a hot pan and straining off any excess fat. Brown a mirepoix (finely diced celery, onion and carrot) until you have lots of sticky flavour on the bottom of the pan, then de...
  18. Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Frozen, 4 x 250g
    Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Frozen, 4 x 250g
    From £110.00
    Wagyu sirloin has very heavy natural marbling, much more so than the fillet. The texture and flavour are quite extraordinary. Direct from Australia, we source our Kobe-style Wagyu from some of the best producers in the world. Here is your chance to savour these Wagyu steaks at exclusively discounted...
  19. Buy Wagyu Mince Online & in London UK
    Wagyu Beef Mince Meat, Frozen, 500g
    £18.95
    Our Wagyu mince is ground from the prime Silverside cut giving it a perfect fat-to-meat ratio, which greatly enhances the flavour and also keeps it moist during grilling. Now you have the option of making your own burgers as big or small as you want them... All you need to do with this ground Wagyu ...
  20. Wagyu Beef Fillet, Fresh, BMS 6-7
    Wagyu Beef Fillet, Fresh, BMS 6-7, +/-2.2kg
    £365.00
    Elevate your culinary repertoire with the unparalleled indulgence of our Wagyu Beef Fillet, BMS 6-7. Renowned for its exceptional flavour and tenderness, this exquisite cut is the epitome of luxury, making it the perfect ingredient for your most memorable dinner parties and special occasions. Sourc...
  21. Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak, Frozen, 2 x 250g
    Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak, Frozen, 2 x 250g
    From £49.95
    This is an exceptional cut of beef. The flavour is truly outstanding and a great choice for those who are unfamiliar with Wagyu. These Wagyu beef sirloin steaks are prized for their high level of fat marbling; when cooked, this flavour from the fat is imparted into the meat, which becomes as soft as...
  22. Buy Wagyu Ribeye Whole Joint BMS 8-9 Online & in London UK
    Wagyu Beef Whole Ribeye Joint, BMS 6-7, +/-3kg
    £395.00
    This is some of the highest quality Wagyu available in the UK - an exceptional joint of meat that is perfect for a dinner party. The flavour and succulence of this rare breed is very different from any other beef available on the market. This whole ribeye comes fully recommended by our team at Fine ...
  23. Wagyu Beef Ribeye Steak
    Wagyu Beef Ribeye Steak, Frozen, 400g
    From £42.95
    Indulge in Wagyu Beef Ribeye Steak! Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other with Wagyu beef ribeye steak, a pinnacle of beef excellence renowned for its unparalleled flavour, intricate marbling and luxurious texture. Derived from Wagyu cattle, these ribeye steaks offer a gastronomic e...
  24. Wagyu Beef Ribeye Steak, Frozen, 2 x 250g
    Wagyu Beef Ribeye Steak, Frozen, 2 x 250g
    From £55.00
    Discover the Exquisite Flavour of Australian Westholme Wagyu Ribeye Steak! Indulge in the rich, buttery flavour of our Australian Westholme Wagyu ribeye steak, a true delicacy for any steak lover. Known for its exceptional marbling and melt-in-your-mouth texture, our Wagyu ribeye comes in two marbl...
  25. Wagyu Rump Cap Picanha, BMS 4-5
    Wagyu Rump Cap Picanha, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-1kg
    £63.95
    Introducing our Wagyu Rump Cap Picanha! The Wagyu rump cap, also known as picanha, is a rare find in the UK but a prized cut elsewhere. Its distinct triangular shape is easily recognisable, sourced from the top part of the rump. What sets this cut apart is its generous layer of fat, which naturally...
  26. Wagyu Rump Steak Picanha, BMS 4-5, Frozen,+/-300g
    Wagyu Rump Steak Picanha, BMS 4-5, Frozen,+/-300g
    £19.95
    These Wagyu rump steaks are cut from the rump cap or picanha, which is considered to be the best cut of the whole rump. This cut has a heavy layer of fat, which is sublime when crisped up in the pan. Finish in the oven to give enough time for the heat to penetrate the meat. These Kobe-style Wagyu ru...
  27. Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12, Fresh
    Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, Cap Off, A5, BMS 10-12, Fresh, +/-2kg
    Special Price £374.95 Regular Price £455.00
    Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other with our Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12. Indulge in the epitome of luxury beef, renowned for its exquisite marbling, unrivalled tenderness, and extraordinary flavour. Each bite of this premium cut will transport your taste buds to new heigh...
  28. Wagyu Beef Fillet Steaks BMS 6-7
    Wagyu Beef Fillet Steaks BMS 6-7, Frozen, 2 x +/-150g
    £75.00
    Indulge in the rich and decadent flavour of our Wagyu Beef Fillet Steaks, graded BMS 6-7. Crafted from the finest Wagyu beef, these steaks are the epitome of luxury and will elevate any meal to new heights. Wagyu cattle are known for their exceptional quality and unique characteristics that set the...
  29. Garlic Parsley Butter, from Frozen, 200g
    Garlic Parsley Butter, from Frozen, 200g
    £7.95
    This handy little sausage of butter, infused with the sharper notes of garlic and parsley, is a kitchen godsend and a fantastic shortcut for when you don't fancy mixing your own buttery melange. Simply cut into rounds and use as you need - make garlic bread with a twist (post thin rounds in pre-cut ...
  30. Buy Wagyu Short Rib Online & In London UK
    Wagyu Beef Short Rib, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-500g
    £20.95
    Short ribs are a deliciously tender cut whatever the breed of beef but Wagyu short ribs are in a different league. Best cooked very slowly on a low heat for a long time, the superbly marbled meat will melt in the mouth and retain all of its juicy flavour. Once tenderised, try finishing with a marina...
  31. Wagyu Ribeye, BMS 4-5, Frozen, 4 x 250g
    Wagyu Ribeye, BMS 4-5, Frozen, 4 x 250g
    Special Price £110.00 Regular Price £120.00
    This succulent, full-flavoured Wagyu beef has a rich marbling of fat running throughout the meat, which melts when cooked, releasing the most amazing flavour. These Kobe-style Wagyu steaks really are second to none, but don't take our word for it, here's your chance to try Wagyu ribeye at an excelle...
  32. Handmade Wagyu Beef Burgers, Frozen, 170g
    Handmade Wagyu Beef Burgers, Frozen, 170g
    From £13.95
    Wagyu burgers are growing in popularity as the craze for gourmet burgers continues. Wagyu beef is some of the finest meat in the world thanks to exceptional farming standards that include daily treats such as hand massages and beer. The result is an incredibly tender beef with beautiful fat marbling...
  33. Wagyu Ribeye, BMS 6-7, Frozen, 4 x 250g
    Wagyu Ribeye, BMS 6-7, Frozen, 4 x 250g
    Special Price £152.00 Regular Price £167.20
    Wagyu is some of the best and most unique beef on the market, thanks to its rich and even marbling of fat. During cooking the fat melts into the surrounding meat for layered flavour and a melt-in-the-mouth texture. Be warned, though, you'll never want to go back to normal beef as these Kobe style W...
  34. Wagyu Fillet Steak, BMS 4-5
    Wagyu Fillet Steak, BMS 4-5, Frozen, 2 x +/-150g
    £50.95
    Introducing our British Wagyu Fillet Steak, with a marbling score of 4-5 on the Beef Marbling Standard (BMS). This wagyu fillet is a true indulgence, offering a melt-in-your-mouth texture and a rich, buttery flavour that will take your taste buds on a journey. Our British Wagyu cattle are carefully...
  35. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Fresh, +/-2kg
    Special Price £375.00 Regular Price £455.00
    Introducing the epitome of culinary excellence, Japanese Wagyu Sirloin A5 BMS 10-12. We take great pride in offering you the most exquisite selection of Japanese Wagyu available in the UK, sourced exclusively from the renowned Kagoshima prefecture in Japan. Our commitment to quality ensures that you...
  36. Japanese Wagyu Rib Cap, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Rib Cap, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-120g
    £32.95
    Indulge in the extraordinary tenderness and flavour of Japanese Wagyu Rib Cap, A5, BMS 10-12, specifically crafted for the traditional dish of shabu shabu. This exquisite cut of Wagyu beef is perfectly suited for this renowned Japanese hot pot experience. Shabu shabu is a delightful interactive din...
  37.  Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-500g
    Special Price £104.95 Regular Price £117.00
    Prepare to embark on a culinary journey like no other as we present the epitome of luxury and indulgence: the Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of beef, this exceptional cut is a testament to the exquisite art of Japanese craftsmanship and culinary expertise. Hai...
  38. Bone Marrow Butter, From Frozen, 200g
    Bone Marrow Butter, From Frozen, 200g
    £10.95
    We are delighted to have sourced this fantastic product. Bone marrow butter is the perfect treat for the home cook who loves nose to tail eating. Made by simply blending bone marrow with butter and seasonings to give an ultra rich finish. It is delicious whisked into a rich veal jus and will take yo...
  39. Buy Laguiole Steak Knives Online & in London UK
    Laguiole Steak Knives, Set of 6, White
    £41.95
    These Laguiole steak knives are carefully crafted by the cutlers of Andre Verdier cutlery. They are lovingly made in France using specialist techniques that have been passed down through generations.  From tip to handle these elegant knives will make a strong statement at the dinner table. This...
  40. Japanese Wagyu Beef Fillet, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Beef Fillet, A5, BMS 10-12, Fresh, +/-4.4kg
    Special Price £753.95 Regular Price £803.95
    Experience the epitome of luxury and culinary perfection with our Japanese Wagyu Beef Fillet, A5, BMS 10-12. Sourced from the finest Japanese cattle, this exceptional cut of meat promises an unparalleled dining experience that will leave you in awe. Indulge in the tender succulence of our Wagyu Bee...
  41. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-250g
    Special Price £62.95 Regular Price £72.50
    Prepare yourself for an extraordinary gastronomic adventure with our Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12. This exceptional cut of beef is the epitome of culinary perfection, offering an unparalleled dining experience that will leave you in awe. Indulge in the sheer decadence and exquisite flavours...
  42. Japanese Wagyu Fillet Steak, A5, Grade 2
    Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade 2, Frozen, +/-150g
    £49.95
    Indulge in the exquisite taste of Japanese Wagyu Fillet, A5, Grade 2. Fillet steaks are renowned for their tenderness, but when it comes to Japanese Wagyu fillet steaks, they transcend excellence. With just a few minutes of cooking time, these succulent Wagyu beef cuts are a true delight for the sen...
  43. Wagyu Beef Fillet, BMS 4-5
    Wagyu Beef Fillet, BMS 4-5, Fresh, +/-2.2kg
    £295.00
    The fillet is one of the most prized cuts of beef and it doesn’t get better than Wagyu fillet. The densely marbled meat melts in the mouth when seasoned and seared briefly in a hot pan. This whole Wagyu beef fillet comes from black cattle that graze on a rich diet, which is what gives the meat its...
  44. Japanese A5 Wagyu Fat, from Frozen, 250g
    Japanese A5 Wagyu Fat, from Frozen, 250g
    £8.95
    Indulge in the unparalleled richness of Japanese Wagyu Fat, A5 and elevate your Christmas or any celebratory dinner to new heights. This exquisite Wagyu beef fat is a culinary gem that promises to transform your dishes into extraordinary culinary creations. With the offcuts of this luxurious fat, y...
  45. Wagyu Chuck Denver Steak, BMS 4-5
    Wagyu Chuck Denver Steak, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-400g
    £27.95
    Introducing the Wagyu Chuck Denver Steak, a culinary masterpiece that is truly a must-try for all Wagyu steak enthusiasts. Derived from the flavorful and tender meat found underneath the shoulder blade, this cut showcases a unique and exceptional taste that sets it apart from other traditional cuts ...
  46. Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Fresh, BMS 4-5, +/-3kg
    Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Fresh, BMS 4-5, +/-3kg
    £289.95
    This Wagyu sirloin is cut from the finest Kobe-style Wagyu beef available in the UK and will serve 12-14 people. The marbling in the sirloin is more pronounced than in other cuts like the fillet, giving flavour and texture that you won't find in any other beef. This 3kg sirloin should be used fo...
  47. Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Fresh, BMS 6-7, +/-3kg
    Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Fresh, BMS 6-7, +/-3kg
    £370.00
    This Wagyu sirloin is cut from the finest Kobe-style Wagyu beef available in the UK and will serve 12-14 people. The marbling in the sirloin is more intense than in other cuts like the fillet, giving flavour and texture that you won't find in any other beef. This 3kg sirloin should be used for a v...
  48. Wagyu Tomahawk, Frozen, BMS 6-7, +/-1.2kg
    Wagyu Tomahawk, Frozen, BMS 6-7, +/-1.3kg
    £159.95
    A richly marbled Wagyu tomahawk steak is always guaranteed to impress with its dramatic shape and incredible flavour. This is a full Wagyu rib-eye steak, attached to a long, exposed bone. These large steaks also include the coveted cap of rib eye, which means they're quite a spectacle. Tomahawks ...
  49. Wagyu Beef Tail-End Fillet
    Wagyu Beef Tail-End Fillet, Frozen, +/-150g
    From £24.95
    The end of the centre-cut fillet of Wagyu Beef tastes just as good, despite not looking as perfect in shape! We think it seems a shame for these beautiful cuts to go to waste so we have reduced them in the price for you to enjoy.  The fillet is one of the most prized cuts of beef and it doesn’t ...
  50. Japanese Wagyu Filet Mignon, A5
    Japanese Wagyu Filet Mignon, A5, Frozen, +/-150g
    £65.95
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  51. Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, 10-12, Frozen, +/-300g
    Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12 (+/-1cm Thick), Frozen, +/-300g
    £69.95
    Indulge in the epitome of culinary excellence with our Japanese Wagyu Ribeye, A5, BMS 10-12. Meticulously crafted from the world-renowned Wagyu cattle, raised exclusively in the picturesque Kagoshima prefecture of Japan, this extraordinary beef is a testament to the dedication and expertise of gener...
  52. Wagyu Tomahawk, Frozen, BMS 6-7, +/-1.1kg
    Wagyu Tomahawk, Frozen, BMS 6-7, +/-1.5kg
    £172.95
    This is the largest size of our sublime Tomahawk steaks. This cut of beef is a stunning centrepiece for a meal, with its dramatic exposed bone and succulent meat. The perfect cut for a special occasion! The British Wagyu beef has BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 6-7, which is due to the breed of cattle ...
  53. Wagyu Beef Short Rib, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-750g
    Wagyu Beef Short Rib, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-750g
    £36.95
    These Wagyu short ribs are a fantastic option for slow cooking. The marbling of fat breaks down the tougher tissue and create succulent juice meat that falls off of the bone. We also have our larger size of short rib which is +/-800g. Try our Wagyu rib recipe from Drogo’s Kitchen.
  54. Wagyu Ox Tail, Frozen, +/-1kg
    Wagyu Ox Tail, Frozen, +/-1kg
    £22.95
    Oxtail is the perfect cut of meat to cook with to make an absolutely show-stopped stew or slow-cooked dish. This Wagyu oxtail takes oxtail to another level, with the intensely fatty marbling in the flesh oozing out into a rich flavour when cooked. We recommend cooking ox tail on a low heat for an ex...
  55. 28 Day Dry Aged Wagyu Rib on the Bone, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-1.35kg
    28 Day Dry Aged Wagyu Rib on the Bone, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-1.35kg
    Special Price £104.95 Regular Price £114.95
    Ribeye on the bone is a stunning way to serve a fabulous joint of Wagyu. The ribeye is highly marbled with succulent fat. This joint of ribeye on the bone is the perfect cut of meat to cook when entertaining. The meat should be rested for a while before serving, as the hot bone will still be cookin...
  56. Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-120g
    £45.00
    Indulge in the exquisite flavours of Japanese Wagyu Sirloin, now available in a convenient frozen form. Each of these Wagyu Sirloin steaks is a unique masterpiece, varying in shape, colour and marbling, a testament to the individuality of each Wagyu beef. While they may differ in appearance, rest as...
  57. Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak, Frozen, +/-400g
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    Wagyu Beef Sirloin Steak, Frozen, +/-400g
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    These incredible 400g Wagyu sirloin steaks are as good as it gets. Big and rich enough to feed two people, these massive steaks will have you talking for quite a while. Wagyu beef has very high marbling content within the meat thanks to a diet of grain and cereal; the flavour and texture is unbeliev...
  58. A5 Japanese Wagyu Chuck Flap Yakiniku Cuts, From Frozen, +/-300g
    A5 Japanese Wagyu Chuck Flap Yakiniku Cuts, from Frozen, +/-250g
    £59.95
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  59. Japanese Wagyu Ribeye Offcuts, A5, BMS 10-12
    Japanese Wagyu Offcuts, A5, BMS 10-12, Fresh from Frozen, +/-80g
    £19.95
    Introducing our exquisite Japanese Wagyu Offcuts, A5, BMS 10-12! These offcuts are a hidden gem, carefully crafted from the end of the joint when the slicing machine finishes its work. While they come in different shapes and sizes, they still boast the remarkable quality and flavour that Japanese W...
  60. Japanese Wagyu Rib Cap, A5, BMS 10-12, Fresh, +/-2kg
    Japanese Wagyu Rib Cap, A5, BMS 10-12, Frozen, +/-1.4kg
    £179.95
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  61. Wagyu Tomahawk, Frozen, BMS 6-7, +/-2kg
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    Wagyu Tomahawk, Frozen, BMS 6-7, +/-1.1kg
    £139.95
    A richly marbled, full rib eye steak attached to a long, exposed bone. These large steaks include the coveted cap of rib eye so they're amazing in appearance and quite a spectacle. Frozen Wagyu Tomahawks are perfect for a special occasion, and this stunning Wagyu cut will deliver a superior experien...
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  62. 28 Day Dry Aged Wagyu T-Bone, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-1.1kg
    28 Day Dry Aged Wagyu T-Bone, BMS 4-5, Frozen, +/-1.1kg
    £94.95
    Our Wagyu T-Bone is cut from the loin of the animal and includes a T-shape bone. On one side of the bone is the sirloin and on the other side is the fillet. The combination of these two cuts of beef makes it a stunning centrepiece to share at the dinner table. The addition of the Wagyu dry-ageing pr...
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  63. Wagyu Ribeye, BMS 6-7, Frozen, +/-320g
    Wagyu Ribeye, BMS 6-7, Frozen, +/-320g
    Special Price £38.00 Regular Price £48.00
    These massive Wagyu steaks have been cut specially for a handful of our customers who really love our exceptional Wagyu beef. Our Kobe-style wagyu beef comes from Australia and is, without doubt, some of the best and most highly prized meat in the world. These steaks are rich in flavour due to the...
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  64. Japanese A5 Wagyu Burgers
    Handmade Japanese A5 Wagyu Burger, Frozen, 170g x 2
    £24.95
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  65. Wagyu T-Bone, BMS 6-7
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    £78.00
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  66. Wagyu Sirloin On The Bone, BMS 8-9, Frozen, +/-1.3kg
    Wagyu Sirloin On The Bone, BMS 8-9, Frozen, +/-1.3kg
    £150.00
    Indulge in Wagyu Sirloin On The Bone, BMS 8-9! Introducing an exquisite symphony of flavour and tenderness: our Australian Wagyu Sirloin on the bone, boasting a remarkable Beef Marbling Score (BMS) of 8-9. Elevate your culinary journey with this masterpiece of meat, meticulously sourced and expertl...
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Celebrated as the ultimate expression of beef excellence, Wagyu meat claims its throne as the pinnacle desire for culinary enthusiasts far and wide. But what exactly propels Wagyu beef to this exalted stature amidst the array of premium meat options? The answer can be summed up in a single word: fat.

Yet, it's not just any fat, it's the mesmerising, intricate web of intramuscular fat that delicately marbles through the flesh, resulting in an unparalleled level of tenderness that's nothing short of extraordinary.

What is Wagyu Beef?

Wagyu beef is a highly prized and sought-after type of beef known for its exceptional quality, tenderness and marbling. The term 'Wagyu' translates to 'Japanese cow' (wa meaning Japanese and gyu meaning cow) and the beef is derived from specific breeds of cattle that originate in Japan. These cattle have been carefully bred and raised for generations to produce meat with a unique and distinct flavour profile.

Wagyu Beef Origin

It's important to note that the best Wagyu beef isn't limited to a single breed but encompasses several different Japanese cattle breeds, each with its own unique characteristics.

The most famous and renowned among these is Kobe beef, which comes from a specific lineage of Tajima cattle raised in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan, known for its strict quality standards and rigorous production methods.

In 1944 the term ‘Wagyu’ was defined to describe a specific set of 4 cattle breeds: Japanese Black, Brown, Shorthorn and Polled Cattle, raised in different regions including Miyazaki, Kobe and Matsuzaka.

These regional names have become part of the identity and authentication of the Wagyu. Our Japanese Wagyu is raised in the Gunma Prefecture of Japan, it is known for its beautiful cherry-red meat and intense marbling, which gives the meat a slightly sweet, deep flavour.

These days the rearing of Wagyu cattle in Japan is strictly regulated and traceable ancestry is imperative, along with a diet rich in wheat and corn and a long, leisurely lifestyle. 

How is Wagyu Beef Raised?

Wagyu beef is raised through a meticulous and often labour-intensive process that aims to produce the highest quality meat with exceptional marbling and flavour. The specific methods can vary depending on the region and farm, but here are some general aspects of how Wagyu beef is typically raised:

  1. Genetics and Breeding: Wagyu beef begins with the selection of high-quality cattle breeds known for their potential to develop intense marbling. Different strains of Wagyu cattle such as Tajima, Shimane and others, have their own unique characteristics. Selective breeding is used to maintain and enhance these desirable traits in the offspring.

  2. Feeding: The diet of Wagyu cattle plays a crucial role in achieving the signature marbling for which the beef is prized. Cattle are often given a specialised and carefully balanced diet that may include high-quality wheat grains, corn, forages and other nutrients. Some farms also incorporate unique components such as rice straw or sake mash to promote marbling and enhance flavour.

  3. Stress Reduction: To ensure the well-being of the cattle and to prevent stress that can negatively impact meat quality, some farms employ techniques such as providing a calm and low-stress environment, playing soothing music or even giving gentle massages to the animals.

  4. Free-Ranging vs. Confined: While some Wagyu cattle are raised in open pastures, many are also raised in confined environments, such as barns or feedlots. This controlled environment allows for more precise management of the cattle's diet and conditions.

  5. Exercise: Some farms incorporate controlled exercise routines for their cattle to promote muscle development and overall health. This exercise can contribute to the even distribution of intramuscular fat.

  6. Ageing: After slaughter, Wagyu beef often undergoes a period of dry ageing or wet ageing, where the meat is stored under controlled conditions. This process helps enhance the tenderness and flavour of the meat.

  7. Regulations and Quality Control: In Japan, where Wagyu beef is highly regulated, strict guidelines are in place to ensure the quality and authenticity of the product. This includes factors like the breed of cattle, their lineage, feeding practices and more. The Kobe beef brand, for example, adheres to extremely rigorous standards to maintain its reputation.

  8. Crossbreeding: In some regions outside of Japan, crossbreeding of Wagyu cattle with local breeds is common. This can result in Wagyu-style beef that possesses marbling characteristics similar to traditional Wagyu, though there may be variations in flavour and texture.

British, Australian & American Wagyu Beef

In recent years, Wagyu-style beef has also been produced in other countries, such as the United States, Australia, UK and others, often by crossbreeding Wagyu cattle with local breeds. While these products may not have the exact same characteristics as traditional Japanese Wagyu, they can still offer a high degree of marbling and a premium eating experience.

Here, at Fine Food Specialist we have a wide range of Japanese Wagyu, British Wagyu, US Wagyu and  Australian Wagyu, both frozen and fresh cuts for you to choose from.

Wagyu Beef Cuts

At Fine Food Specialist, we take pride in offering a distinguished selection of Wagyu steaks, each exemplifying the remarkable qualities that have made Wagyu beef a true gastronomic treasure. Our range includes a variety of cuts, each presenting a unique experience for discerning palates:

  • Wagyu Fillet - renowned for its melt-in-the-mouth texture, this cut is a testament to the artistry of marbling. 
  • Wagyu Sirloin - immaculately marbled and thoughtfully curated, this cut balances exquisite flavour with the perfect amount of decadent fat, resulting in a steak that's both luxurious and satisfying.
  • Wagyu Ribeye - the lush interplay of intramuscular fat throughout the meat ensures every bite is a symphony of taste and tenderness, creating a steak that stands as a culinary masterpiece.
  • Wagyu Rump - embodies the distinct attributes of Wagyu: richness, depth and unparalleled succulence. 
  • Wagyu Bavette - crafted to deliver a balance of tenderness and flavour, this cut invites you to discover the complexities that define authentic Wagyu beef.

Wagyu Beef Grades

A Beef Marble Score (BMS) grading from 3 to 12 is given to each carcass, determined by the density of muscle fat found between the 12th and 13th ribs. In addition, Japanese Wagyu is also assigned a letter from A to C and a number from 1 to 5, with A5 being the highest quality attainable. Discover more about Beef Marbre Score grading on our blog.

What Makes Wagyu Beef So Special?

What sets Wagyu beef apart is its intense marbling, which refers to the fine streaks and patterns of intramuscular fat that are dispersed throughout the muscle tissue. This marbling not only gives the meat its signature melt-in-the-mouth texture but also contributes to its rich, buttery taste and juiciness. The high level of marbling is achieved through careful feeding and meticulous husbandry practices.

Why is Wagyu Beef So Expensive?

Wagyu beef's high price tag is a reflection of several factors that contribute to its unique quality, scarcity and the labour-intensive processes involved in its production. 

The fat found in Wagyu meat is predominantly comprised of unsaturated fatty acids, which are known to have far fewer negative health effects than those found in standard beef.

The melting point of these fats is also significantly lower than other meats and sometimes begins to dissolve at room temperature. As the fat melts into the meat during cooking, it imparts a rich, savoury, umami flavour. The result is wonderfully tender, dissolving on the tongue.

How to Cook Wagyu Beef?

We’ve got loads of delicious recipes from Drogo’s Kitchen if you’re in need of some inspiration such as this Wagyu Chuck Denver with Béarnaise and Courgette Fries or Wagyu Beef Cheek Pie with Bone Marrow Gravy.

Where to Buy Wagyu Beef UK?

If you've been wondering where to buy Wagyu beef in London, UK then search no more. Browse our extensive selection of fresh and frozen Wagyu beef, with all cuts of extremely high quality, including fillet, sirloin, ribeye, rump as well as Wagyu joints.

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