One would think the flamboyant meal preparation and extravagant knife work would have the kids interested in visiting the restaurant, but in fact it's the large replica of a Samurai statue that has them even more intrigued. When I related that the sculpture reminded me of one of figures from the Terracotta Army, my son was completely astonished. "A whole army made of Terracota?" Since then, it's been a firm favorite for "Family Treat Night".
I cannot pretend that we could understand our chef very well. He spoke with a thick accent. But there was no doubt that the man had skill when it came to handling his knives. However, the proof is in the pudding. The man can whirl a knife around, but can he cook? Not all Hibachi are equal. Some tend to overcook their food, but who cares when you have been dazzled by mad food prep skills combined with small pyrotechnics show? Imagine my surprise then when I popped the first morsel of filet mignon into my mouth and recognized it as filet mignon! Not shoe leather, or beef jerky, but actual tastey, juicy and tender steak. It was heaven in my mouth. The lobster that followed was just as tender and full of flavor. Thank God for "boxing". To leave the food on my plate would have been a sin! Instead, I boxed it up and brought it home to enjoy later. And man, am I looking forward to that.
While it certainly isn't the most affordable meal we can have in town. We have to budget for a trip out to Samurai's, but it is quite an enjoyable time together and worth every penny spent.