Our meals were excellent, prepared with some showmanship at the hibachi grill by a Japanese chef. The salads were tasty, the meat was very good quality and cooked perfectly, and the vegetables were flavorful.
They offer a regular menu in addition to the hibachi cooked meals, so if you prefer a more private meal (hibachi seating might put you at a table with strangers), that option is available.
This is a good place to bring the whole family, as the kids will find the cooking show as interesting as the adults.
I might consider an excellent rating for this restaurant (I gave the one on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse an excellent rating) but a few housekeeping flaws resulted in a downrating. One is that when we arrived, the floor in the area with the hibachis was dirty--littered with stray bits of vegetables and other food that could have been fugitives from the energetic cooking of the chefs, or maybe just dropped by diners. Either way, it was a poor first impression that only got worse by the time we left. I had to step around the stuff. Do they not have brooms or mops in Japan? I also had to switch my chair twice. The first chair I had wobbled precariously, and I was afraid it might collapse and deposit me on the not very clean floor. I switched it for an unoccupied chair and found food on the seat. Yes, restaurants should clean not just the floor but the seats. Add it all up, and it destroys the atmosphere of the place.
So, the food and how it is presented are very good here. I just wish management would pay more attention to the housekeeping. In the future, I will restrict my visits to Koto to the Erie Blvd. restaurant, where I did not experience these issues.
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