There is more on the menu at Steak & Coffee MAHOGANY than, well, steak and coffee, but the main appeal of this restaurant is it location. Perched on the side of Mt Onaga-yama, north of the Hiroshima shinkansen station, MAHOGANY has a great terrace overlooking the city. Lovely during the day and at night.
MAHOGANY is open for lunch, dinner and tea time in between. At lunch there you can choose between MAHOGANY’s Beef Steak Lunch (¥1400), the Pork Tenderloin Steak Lunch (¥900), the Pasta Lunch of the Day(¥900) and a Salad Lunch (¥600). For an extra ¥300 you get a side salad and a drink and it’s ¥400 more for dessert. Kid lunches are ¥500. Online reviews suggest that the beef steak lunch is what most lunchtime customers go for, and that the meat is quite delicious. Several reviewers have commented, however, that although tasty, requests for rare or medium etc didn’t seem to have much influence on what came out. I opted for the pasta lunch and it was as one might expect of lunchtime pasta dish. Much of the seafood offered is fresh from Kusatsu port, just down the coast on the way to Miyajima, so I also tried the daily fish carpaccio and it was quite tasty. I found the dressing on my salad a bit strange though – very peppery.
At dinner, the meats come to the fore with premium cuts of Japanese beef, as well as pork, lamb and duck served by weight and which come with bread or rice. MAHOGANY beef steak starts at ¥1400 for 200g and premium cuts of Japanese beef range from ¥1600 to ¥3500 for 100g. Pork is ¥900 (¥150g) and ribs ¥1000 (300g), lamb rib chops ¥400 for one and ¥2000 for five, and grilled duck is ¥1500 for 150g. There is a nice selection of seafood dishes in evening too, along with appetizers, sides, salads and soups. Although Japanese commenters have mentioned that MAHOGANY’s prices are a little on the high side, the sole review on TripAdvisor by a visit from New York is very complimentary and the satisfied diner considered the bill to be quite reasonable in comparison to his hometown.
None of the staff seemed to speak English on my visit, but no one freaked out and the service wasn’t bad. They have, however, done a great job with their English menu. It was also nice to see a pretty good selection of sake and shochu on the drinks menu, with an easy to understand guide to taste also in English.
All that said, however, for me, a visit to MAHOGANY is all about the location and the ambiance. Although the interior is quite pleasant and relaxed, with a mixture of standard tables and low couches, MAHOGANY is all about the terrace. A long counter lines the edge of the terrace above the road and looks out over the city. While the view over the station isn’t exactly beautiful, looking out beyond the city to islands beyond is very relaxing on a good day, and even the station looks quite nice once the sun goes down and the lights come on. There are other tables on the counter, including a couple of long ones that seat large parties and inside/outside seating in a see through tented area. They are happy for people to just enjoy a drink or two while taking in the view, and I have been up there a couple of times in the evening for a quiet coffee or a glass of wine.
Giant cherry trees make this a must swing by spot during hanami cherry blossom viewing season.
- Lunch: 11:30-14:00
- Tea: 15:00 – 17:00
- Dinner: 17:00-22:00
- English menu
- Smoke free inside
- Free parking
- Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, DC, UFJ, Diners Club, American Express, JCB, NICOS, MUFG
MAHOGANY is at the top od narrow winding road that climbs from Hikari-machi just north of Hiroshima shinkansen station. By taxi it takes less than 10 minutes from the station and should cost little more than the starting price. A visit to MAHOGANY can also be a good motivator on a hike up to the Peace Pagoda which is nearby.
Address 38-20, Yamanecho, Higashi-ku, Hiroshima-shi 732-0048