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Fantastic Review: Kobe

by EMILY ELLIOTT

For the last Fantastic Friday of the year, we decided to check out a new restaurant in town, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. The restaurant is on Sprinkle by 94 at the old Hanna East.

For those of you who dined there before, they have kept the old water wheel inside but made many changes including a bar, new wallpaper and paint.

We went in not knowing what we would come upon as this was only their fourth day open.  A reservation was made for 6:30 pm for 10 people and almost everyone showed up at 6:30.  By 6:45 we were still not seated.  The word from the manager was that we wouldn’t get seated until our whole party showed up.  After another 15 minutes we decided to tell the manager that we had our whole party (since only one person was still on their way) and we finally got seated at the hibachi table at 7:00 (30 min after our res.) I guess we can just chalk that up to them being new.

Once seated, our service got much better.  We had a very friendly waitress who took our drink orders. We did have a child with us and we asked about getting milk and/or juice for them but since they are still working on getting their liquor license we were told they don’t have everything to drink yet and so no milk or juice (even though it was in the menu).  We all ordered and were even able to use a buy one get one coupon (thanks to Eric for scrounging that one up).

Once our orders were taken the waitress brought us all soup.  The soup came with a few mushrooms in it.  Now I am not a mushroom fan but they were big enough to pick out.  After that we got salad.  Next came the main show.  Our chef came to the table and he was great.  He was friendly, personable and funny.  We got your typical hibachi show complete with fire, tricks and a great cooking show. As for the food, we all got generous portions of fried rice, noodles, and whatever meat/seafood we ordered (chicken, steak, salmon, shrimp, scallops etc.).  Everyone at our table loved the show and the food.

We all left feeling very full and satisfied.  As far as pricing goes, don’t go there if you are planning on a cheap $20 for two people meal.  Each meal is roughly $14-18 for one meat and $25+ for 2 meats.  Not the cheapest restaurant in town but definitely not the most expensive.  Overall I give this restaurant 2 thumbs up (although I would wait to try it again until after they have been open a while).

Oh and by the way, because we had to wait so long for our table a couple of us got $10 off coupons for our next visit!

[Editor’s Note: Interested in Fantastic Friday? Have a restaurant suggestion? Contact Heather Stewart]

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