We took a group of eight girls out tonight for our daughter's birthday. They wanted to go see the hibachi chefs cook at Sakura Home Japanese restaurant in Rochester. I had been to this restaurant many times on "the other" side of the establishment; the one that did the sushi and the other Japanese cooking. However, I had never been on the hibachi, which was quite an experience.
Our hibachi chef was aided by a very nice waitress, who took care of our drinks and our orders. Everyone was given some mild mushroom soup (broth-like) and a small salad with the traditional Japanese dressing. It was all pretty good, and a lead-up to the chef, who started right out with the traditional tossing of the knives and forks, following by the preparation of the fried rice and sautéed vegetables.
I ordered yaki soba for my main course, and I must admit that it wasn't quite what I expected. The noodles were cooked without much spice, and the veggies and shrimp were provided on the side. I used to eat this at a local place called Fuji Ya, which went out of business in the 1990s. It was much better. But these noodles weren't bad either, just a bit bland.
The shrimp and vegetables were tasty, and they provided a pair of dipping sauces which added some nice flavor to the combo. It went together well with the noodles, and even helped to spice them up a bit too.
One bad thing about this restaurant; DO NOT SIT AT THE HIBACHI TABLES NEXT TO THE OUTER WINDOWS. It was freezing at our table, and nothing we could do would warm it up at all. I never need a coat outside, and I needed one while finishing my meal. It was cold and drafty...brrrrrrr!
Overall, this was a good and fun meal. Not cheap. but fun and good. I would love to return for more some day.
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