If you have not experienced teppanyaki style cooking, you may find the dinner prep at Sake entertaining. Along with the typical pseudo-juggling of cooking utensils, Sake appears to include two novel grill side antics. Squirting streams of sake into diners' mouths and flipping cut vegetable into diners' mouths were part of each chef's routine.
Regarding the food, you won't leave hungry. The "hibachi" meals included a salad (iceberg with a sliver of tomato), a light mushroom broth, a couple of grilled shrimp appetizers, a simple fried rice, seasoned grilled noodles, grilled vegetables, and the entree of choice. Dinners were served with two sauces, one ginger-based, one mustard-based. The entrees tended to be over-cooked, especially the chicken.
Regarding the service, we were crammed into an area pre-set for three, despite having reservations for five. Stacked bowls and dishes accumulated at times due to lack of table space.
Drink service ebbed and flowed during dinner.
While this was not our first time dining teppanyaki style, it was our first time dining at Sake. As locals to the Santa Cruz area, we were glad to have tried dining at Sake once. However, we will choose other local options for better food quality and better service.
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