Watching someone else prepare your meal is much better than watching yourself prepare a meal, which is impossible to do when the boiling water steams up your kitchen's mirrored ceiling. Enjoy the tasty view with this Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of Japanese dinner fare at Tokyo Japanese SteakHouse, Sushi, and Lounge in Sarasota. Dinner is served after 4:30 p.m.
The restaurant's hibachi chefs entertain diners by flipping and cooking meals at the table, and sushi chefs expertly roll fresh seafood ordered off a dinner menu riddled with Japanese fare. The Treasure Island platter ($8) starts meals with a prologue of spicy tuna, yellowtail, and salmon on avocado before diners take in the main event. Utensils and seasonings fly through the air as hibachi chefs prepare filet mignon ($26) and sword fight lobster tails ($33) atop a heated surface stationed at each table. Each hibachi entree comes with clear soup, house salad, shrimp, stir-fried vegetables, and fried rice. Prepared in the kitchen, teriyaki entrees with chicken ($15) or shrimp ($18) keep culinary mysteries alive, accompanied by bowls of rice and miso soup that remain tight-lipped about the chef's delicious secrets.
The family-friendly eatery hosts a modern, two-storied exterior that features outdoor dining when Mother Nature promises to remain on her best behavior. Inside, flames spout from hibachi grills as patrons throw back libations from the ample bar and croon their favorite Beethoven classics at occasional karaoke events.
Tokyo Japanese SteakHouse, Sushi, and Lounge
The sharp angles that define the modern architecture of Tokyo Japanese SteakHouse, Sushi, and Lounge reflect the eatery's clean, aesthetically pleasing offerings of authentic Japanese sushi and hot dishes. Chefs cook up some of the menu’s teriyaki steak and seafood entrees the traditional way, behind closed doors, where their knife skills go to work as they prepare fresh meals to send out to the dining room. Hibachi tables, on the other hand, set the stage for a gastronomic performance, during which chefs sear chicken, filet mignon, and sea bass before diners' eyes. To top off the show, there’s a diverse sushi menu that includes creative options such as the Snow White roll, filled with tempura shrimp and a naiveté that’s both irritating and charming.