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“This Place Is Hot, Hot, Hot!!! Fun and delicious.”
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Tokyo Diner
Ranked #103 of 190 Restaurants in Mechanicsburg
Cuisines: Japanese
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Japanese cuisine never disappoints, at least the Tokyo Diner franchise. I am normally not a huge lover of "chain" restaurants, but this one definitely consistently delivers the experience you came to enjoy - authentic Japanese food being prepared right in front of you.

You can bring your own bottle of wine. That's a big plus in my book. The atmosphere of the restaurant is great, it is decorated with a certain degree of authenticity and has oriental tunes playing in the background. Lighting is just right... though could be slightly dimmer for my taste - although this could potentially be dangerious for cooks, who really need to see what they are doing.

Naturally, the main ingredient in this experience is your chef. Some are better than others, most are probably not Japanese (i.e. chinese, vietnamese, or korean), but skill of utensil flinging, sense of humor and aura of presence vary from one to another. Overall, they are all smiling friendly people with a touch of hard asian accent, which is what you want - right?

So, you sit there waiting impatiently for your chef to arrive. Seating is something of a family-style dining, where up to eight or so people can sit at a table built around a cooking station. This is a good idea, as you can meet some great folks while sipping on your drinks. The chef cleans the stove top with alcohol, so your first thrills will be from flames shooting high up in the air as the steel is sterilized. He has your orders, which you place shortly prior to his arrival. He confirms the orders with every patron, and the fun begins!

By the way, for all you cooking enthusiasts out there - watch closely how to make perfect asian rice and meats. It truly can't get any better than this.

Knives fly up in the air, eggs get cracked in mid-air, etc etc etc. Flames take a bit of getting used to and can scare little kids, so keep that in mind. Because these guys, in my humble opinion, are all pyros LOL. They will warn you when a huge flame is about to be produced, though - so kudos to that!

Food is excellent. I do cook quite a bit, so I can personally tell you that once you figure out how asian food is prepped and cooked, it's actually as easy to make as a burger on a grill. Learning it is the hard part, but execution becomes easy once you get enough practice. Bottomline is - it's hard to mess this up, and I've never experienced a poorly executed asian dish in this place. It's great, be it pork, beef, sea food, etc. The menu is fairly standard choices-wise, the largest degree of variation is in how well you want something done and how spicy.

Price is acceptable, probably anywhere around $30 or so a person, depending on your dish, tip, etc.

Great place, never had a bad experience. Give it a try.

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Reviewed March 29, 2011

We've been to Tokyo Diner dozens of times and absolutely love it. The food is of high quality, the service is top notch, and the price is right. We highly recommend it!

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Reviewed September 7, 2010

Always have great service and food here. They give you bigger portions than Benihana's and the soup and salad is also included with the hibachi. It's also BYOB. The only reason why I gave 4 stars is because the place needs a little bit of renovating. It's quite outdated and needing a "spruce up".

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Thank bethm719
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Reviewed February 21, 2009

I've only had the hibachi here once, but it was a fine experience, and much like the typical hibachi experience. I eat the sushi on a regular basis, and it is competent, though rather simple. Their selection is limited, and the special rolls are sort of boring, but it is worth checking out. If you don't expect a lavish meal, you will be quite pleased.

Thank NJB23
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