Holy Grail Steak Company is a newer online steak delivery service to enter the market, and they’re doing it with some unique offerings. A quick search doesn’t delivery many Holy Grail Steak Co reviews so we hope this one is helpful.
There’s definitely been a surge in online meat purveyors over the last several years. Seeing interesting and different cuts of meat on social media has helped to create a demand for high-end beef, so it’s no wonder more people are entering the highly competitive space.
Holy Grail Steak Company, however, sets itself apart. The self-proclaimed “steak nerds, meat ninjas, and wine sorcerers…connoisseurs of all fine things ingestible” are the first (and as far as we are aware, the only) online meat purveyors to offer authentic Kobe Beef. There are, in fact, very few places in the US were true Kobe beef is available; though many claim to offer this highly sought after treat. There are only eight restaurants in the entire US that are certified to sell authentic Kobe Beef.
It’s very easy to navigate through their website, though the mobile usability has had a couple of issues when we’ve used it (timing out, etc.). Of course, that could be an issue on our end as well with connectivity and doesn’t seem to be a consistent problem.
During the process, customers are able to select their delivery date, to ensure they’ll be home to receive the package and don’t risk it being stolen or damaged in high heat conditions.
During repeat orders, you’ll be sent a text with a confirmation code. Inputting that 6 digit code fills out your delivery information for you automatically. This was very convenient.
Beware of that feature, however. During one order, the wrong address was listed as the delivery address after we entered the code. We caught it and corrected the problem manually, but that could have been a costly mistake.
Meats coming from the folks at Holy Grail are cut and immediately vacuum sealed before being tossed in the blast freezer, taking them to a cool -30° F.
This method of blast freezing protects and preserves the steaks in their original state without compromising quality. The outer shipping box is recyclable cardboard:
Steaks are shipped frozen with dry ice.
Holy Grail Steaks packages include an interior insulated casing made of corn starch, which is biodegradable.
This way of shipping is something very unique and important to many people. Also of note, for orders over $199 —ground shipping is free. Need it next day? Order early enough in the day and next day delivery is available to most locations.
Holy Grail is a beef-only business, with an emphasis on steaks—specifically (but not limited to): ribeye, strip, and filet.
They offer wagyu beef from Japan, Australia, and The United States. In addition to their wagyu offerings, they also offer upper prime grade Black Angus, both wet and dry aged.
If grass fed is your jam, they offer both completely grass fed beef and “mostly” grass fed beef. They offer the Holy Grail burger as well, which is a 6 oz. wagyu patty.
What we Loved
The meat itself has been excellent; tender and juicy with the perfect mouth feel. Their offerings are unique in the space. Certified Kobe beef, for example, is exclusively available through Holy Grail so they certainly have a corner on that specific market, albeit a very small segment of the beef industry.
We found their information on cooking wagyu beef helpful as well, for those who haven’t already read our blog about cooking the perfect wagyu steak.
Their environmentally conscious packaging is also an added benefit and we appreciated that aspect of their business as well.
All that said, what we loved most is their ability to present various flavors of beef (called a “steak flight”). Similar to a wine tasting actually, and it’s not a crazy comparison.
Grapes, depending on the soil they’re grown in, climate, rainfall, and various other factors, have a varied taste profile. This can determine the wine those grapes eventually become.
Beef is very similar. Steers raised in different regions, from different genetics, feeding practices, etc., all have different flavor profiles. This same concept holds true for various species of wood used for smoking, see our blog about that here.
What Could Be Improved
There’s a ton to love about this mail order meat company, but the vacuum sealing could use some improvement. One of the very expensive cowboy ribeye’s we received, the 36 oz. Akaushi Wagyu Cowboy wasn’t actually sealed at all, which subjects the meat to possible freezer damage.
This isn’t uncommon in the industry, these sealed bags fail all the time. It would be good to see Holy Grail do a double sealed bag in an effort to prevent this from happening.
In addition, we ordered their highly sought after and extremely rare snow beef. We received a piece of beef that didn’t meet expectations.
We photographed the steak, contacted customer service and were met with a very sincere apology. Along with the apology was a promise to send a replacement. There was a small issue with the shipping on that, and the order was refunded; solid customer service on their part.
Who It’s For
This beef is perfect for those who love to sample and consume rare cuts of ultra high quality beef. Their steak flights for example, are not only delicious, but also provide terrific conversation amongst a small gathering of beef and wine aficionados.
Perfect for a dinner party, or a family gathering, the offerings from Holy Grail are guaranteed to impress. This is absolutely the luxury steakhouse experience, right in your own home.
When considering purchasing some of the highly marbled steaks from this vendor, know that many of them will benefit from a cast iron surface. So, we definitely recommend having a quality cast iron pan on hand.
This is certainly a product we could and would recommend to friends and family, with the disclaimer that it’s likely going to be a special occasion treat and it’s going to be less than budget friendly. That’s not a knock on Holy Grail’s offerings, they’re premium to be sure. It’s just a fact that from a price perspective, it’s simply out of reach for many beef enthusiasts like those of us here at grillseeker.com.
What may make that a bit more palatable, however, is the occasional specials emailed out. So if you’re considering these offerings, sign up for their mailing list and watch for an occasional discount.