Nagoya Japanese Restaurant, Loganville GA
It had been a long time since we’d been to a Japanese hibachi restaurant. For those of you who are new to our planet or for some other reason have never ventured to such an establishment, you are in for a treat!
The style is somewhat different than most are generally accustomed to. Diners are seated around a large grill. The cook prepares the food there and usually there is much fanfare involved such as trickery with the cooking utensils and a good bit of humor involved. I would not be stepping out on a limb by saying that there is as much entertainment going on as there is cooking.
The meal comes with full courses – soup, salad, entrée of your choice and dessert (we were offered sherbet or cheesecake). Generally, the entrée is the only thing worthwhile and Nagoya was no exception. The chicken broth soup was practically void of flavor, the salad was simply lettuce and the cheesecake was hardly thawed. Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
It was really awesome! Our cook was splendid. We were seated in time to watch another cook go through more than half of a meal and he was just plain BORING. Our guy, and I really wish I got his name but that’s him to the left, was quite spectacular. He performed all of the cutlery tricks one comes to expect when dining like this and he gets an A+ for humor. He may have missed his calling as a stand-up comedian. His jokes were both timely and delivered perfectly. he MADE the meal in more ways than one!
I chose the shrimp and scallops and Melanie went with the steak and chicken. We both had fried rice.
This style of dining leaves nothing to the imagination as you watch your food prepared before you eyes. Our cook was so confident we guessed he could almost do this with his eyes closed. The food, of course, is delivered immediately. The temptation is to eat everything as it comes – vegetables come first, then rice followed by the meat/seafood. We like to pick a little but save it to combine it all once everything is finished. NOTE: Keeping the rice in the bowl until the meat is done keeps it a little warmer.
As most everyone knows, dining Japanese doesn’t come cheap. I am told that lunch is a little better deal and the next time I have a day off, we may have to try that. All in all, we had a great experience at Nagoya and it’s a sure bet. Guten appetit!
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