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“Dinner box”

Koto Japanese Steak House
Ranked #62 of 96 Restaurants in Keene
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dublin, New Hampshire
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95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Dinner box”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I tried a dinner box with an assortment of items from tempura to sushi, it was good and gave me a chance to try different items. Price was good too.

Visited July 2012
Thank LeslieS1
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English first
Keene, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fun if you're ten years old and don't like food”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had wanted to try this place out for a while, and finally did so on a Saturday night. We should have ordered pizza and watched Godzilla on Netflix - it would have been a more authentic Japanese dining experience.

The menu is quite extensive, featuring some traditional Japanese dishes, a fairly comprehensive sushi/sashimi menu, and the "cooked at table" hibachi menu found at many midscale faux-Japanese restaurants.

I ordered a Tanqueray martini to start, which was obviously too challenging for our Japanese waitress, as she had to bring the bartender over to interpret. This was challenging for her as well, as she seemed to have no idea that a martini involved both gin and vermouth, and that olives or some other garnish were appropriate. The drink was the best part of the meal, although we would have needed several to stomach the food.

The sashimi was good - fresh fish, nothing with it except an excellent wasabi and watered down soy sauce. The noodles on the side were overcooked, but the sculpted lemon slice was lovely.

The first course was a salad consisting of browned lettuce, a single slice of tomato, and what appeared to be Kraft Thousand Island dressing. A watery chicken broth soup with a few thin slices of mushroom washed it down. It was the second best part of the meal.

I ordered a Negimaki beef with shrimp. It arrived burned to a crisp, and was so bland and unseasoned (except for a heavy dose of MSG) that it could have been served in Kansas City. My companion went with the hibachi salmon, which was served by the knife-clicking chef-comic. He shouldn't quit his day job for either comedy or cuisine - the food was overcooked, and again had enough MSG to poison several municipal water supplies. After a few bites, her lips looked as though she had just self-administered a Botox injection.

The service was basically non-existent. Three visits from the server to get us to order, simultaneous arrival of several courses, and arrival of my course even before the chef/comic arrived. Then - crickets. I had to go to the bar to get a glass of water, and nobody seemed to notice that we returned two nearly full plates of uneaten food. Neither server nor hostess asked, "How is your meal?"

We literally had to stop at the grocery store to get something to combat the overwhelming MSG taste in our mouths. It wasn't enough; maybe stopping at Home Depot for sandpaper for our tongues and mouths would have been more successful.

If you have a child or older person that would be impressed by the hibachi chef's patter and flaming act, give it a try. If you want something to eat, go elsewhere.

  • Visited November 2012
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