Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse
It’s a very fun way to enjoy dinner with friends. Watching your meal made right before your eyes can be a treat to take in at many places, even the corner diner. But when flaming onions and flying shrimp are involved, it turns into entertainment.
With my high-school aged cousin in town for spring break, I wanted to take her somewhere fun. Having just learned to use chopsticks eating sushi her first night in town, I figured why not give her a little more pratice and throw in some eye-mouth coordination drills too!
I had been to this particular Teppan Yaki restaurant a few times in the past several years and found it to be good for a place tucked into an old strip-mall. But since I started writing about food, I’ve had both an awful and a fantastic experience at Japanese steakhouses. So I was eager to see where Tokyo fit into the mix.
The place was busier than I expected on a rainy weeknight, especially in the area around Metro North Mall where snagging customers on their way to-and-from nearby businesses is unlikely. This was destination meal for most everyone inside. We were seated at a partially filled table and the waitress arrived shortly for drink orders.
We were off to a rocky start when I orderd shrimp & vegetable tempura, but the waitress said there was none. I then opted for softshell crab, but none of that either. Some problem with the batter.
Steak was pretty average.
I definitely ate too much fried rice but had a super-fun time with my little cousin. In the end, the food was good. It may not be Benihana, but Tokyo can stand on it’s own and serve up a boisterous time too.