When I lived in the Kansas City area, this was always my favorite go-to restaurant. Whether my friends and I were looking for some quality food or my family was trying to figure out dinner, Shogun was always a favorite choice. The staff is friendly and personable, the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
I moved to Washington, DC about two years ago but I stopped by to visit some friends and family this week and we all decided unanimously that my trip warranted a visit to Shogun's. As soon as I walked in, the owner(?) welcomed me and asked me how I'd been, since he hadn't seen me in a while. I was surprised and flattered that he remembered me.
The first two courses are very simple: A hot broth soup to warm you up and a basic salad with a tangy homemade ginger dressing unlike any you can find elsewhere. We also always get an order of "Shogun Rolls" to slit between us. They are basically salmon, fresh avocado, and cream cheese wrapped together wonton and then fried and served with their "yum yum" sauce, which is at first glance just a variation on the pink/white/orange sauce that every teppanyaki place serves, but which is actually the most ambrosial condiment ever invented.
For the actual main course, we had a friendly, entertaining chef. His routine wasn't original or particularly funny, but he had the charisma to pull it off. If you want to skip the routine with the smart alec comments that come with it, sit at a regular table instead of at the grill. My mom and I did that several times in the past when we just wanted a quiet lunch without a lot of socializing, and the food quality was still superb. The meal consists of heaping portions of fried rice (or white rice if you prefer), veggies, garlic noodles, and shrimp, as well as whatever entree choices you selected. I always choose the steak and salmon and it has never disappointed. The steak is always tender and the salmon is juicy and perfectly cooked. Last night, I also stole some scallops from my family's plates and I swear they just melted in my mouth. The portions are so huge that I've never come close to finishing everything. The leftovers (coated liberally in yum yum sauce) are at least a meal in themselves, sometimes two.
All in all, I highly recommend Shogun. If you're in the Overland Park area, definitely make a stop there.
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