Kanji Japanese Steakhouse

I’m not a “foodie” or a restaurant aficionado, so you can take this into account with anything that I have to say about the Kanji Japanese Steakhouse. It was different and I could only see going back there for someone that really enjoys it that wants my company or if someone who’s really curious wants to go.

I did not dislike the Kanji Japanese Steakhouse, I just don’t want to go back. The food was good, but way overpriced. It had nothing to do with culture. If you think this is culture, you’d do yourself a favor to just watch Shogun or buy a Toyota. It’s going to have the same “culture” effect. The thing is that this is a show. There’s some skill involved, but overall, it’s not a great show. Here’s how the experience went for me, please excuse the cell phone pics.

You start with a clean grill and alcohol. You’re going to need the alcohol. The grill is the centerpiece of the entire event. You order from a list of appetizers that you don’t have a clue what they are. The waitress starts to explain, but after about the 5th explanation, you get the sense that you should just pick something and go with it. If you have a “foodie” in the group this is where they’ll get a chance to shine and talk like their studies have finally paid off. Thankfully, no experts or the alcohol would have been a bad idea. I was just wishing for the option of a hamburger at this point.

The Japanese Steak Chef then starts throwing food into the air and people try to catch it with their mouth. I told you that you would need alcohol. Sadly, I didn’t have enough and just couldn’t bring myself to get into this.

The chef then does an impressive array of fast moves with his utensils and food. This would require serious skill and it was an impressive part of the show.

Flames are a big part of the show. The chef seemed to control them well, but I see this as an accident just waiting to happen. I don’t have the luck of a person that enjoys sitting next to a giant uncontrolled flame.

After the flame show, he took a pile of smoking onions and made choo-choo sounds like it was a train. My fears were confirmed that this guy shouldn’t be trusted with fire. If kids were there, I’d understand the choo-choo thing, but they weren’t. He said and did a lot of things that were just plain odd. I couldn’t understand what he was saying well enough to quote it all back.

If all of this sounds like fun, and I can understand how many would see it that way, go for it. It’s worth the price if you want the show. The food was very good, no complaints. As for me, I’d rather eat food that I understand what it is made from with the normal waitress/customer service that I’m accustomed to.



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