Multi-colored brick walls surround Osaka?s dining room, interrupted here and there by the distinct blue glow of a backlit fish tank or the white aura from overhead lanterns. But diners would be remiss if they didn?t keep their eyes squarely in front of them. The tabletop hibachi grill becomes center stage, and the waiter?donning dress whites, a red hat, and sharpened blades?becomes the evening?s performer. In a show of knife-wielding wizardry, he slices and dices sizzling portions of meats, veggies, and eggs, his blades a blur of silvery glints as the morsels are tossed and grilled to perfection before making their way onto each diner?s plate, piping hot and ready to be devoured.
At this hibachi-style Japanese steakhouse, helpings of fillet mignon, salmon, scallops, and chicken are cooked before each guest's eyes, merging the performing arts and culinary arts like a magician pulling a coin from an omelet. Equally as deft at their craft are the sushi chefs, who mete out robust rolls stuffed with kobe beef, asparagus, mango, and onion, or chopped king grab, salmon, and ikuru. As a finishing touch, many variations of hot and cold sake arrive from the tiled bar, where guests will also find a house plum wine, cocktails, and Japanese beers.
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Guests at Fuji Japanese Steak House marvel at flame-filled performances, where chefs in red hats cook up shrimp, steak, and veggies at tableside hibachi grills. Amid the spectacle, servers weave between tables to deliver an array of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese dishes such as kung pao chicken, pad thai with beef, and seafood tempura.
“Basta, basta!” The words may as well be a mantra at Midwest Grill. The term, meaning “enough” in Portuguese, is the perfect finish to the churrascaria’s all-you-can-eat cavalcade of grilled meats and hearty seafood dishes. Passadores—the Brazilian word for waiters—rotate around tables, slicing fresh-grilled skewers of beef sirloin, Brazilian-style ribs, and succulent lamb and pork loin on to plates at the feaster’s demand. This dining style is known as rodízio, and it doesn't just apply to churrasco meats; patrons can also opt for seafood options, such as Brazilian fish stew and sautéed shrimp, or engage a server in a duel with a carving fork. The all-you-can-eat meal is served at a fixed price at both lunch and dinner, and includes unlimited helpings from the salad bar and hot-food buffet. Each of Midwest Grill's locations also houses a TV-lined bar, where mixologists concoct cocktails and pop open bottles of Brazilian beer and wine.
At Yamato Hibachi and Sushi, diners can sample dishes from both sides of the temperature spectrum. Hot Japanese steakhouse dishes of strip steak and grilled salmon are served alongside cool sushi and sashimi meals. At fiery hibachi grills, chefs blend well-honed showmanship with culinary skill, whipping up feasts of lobster tail, filet mignon, salmon, and chicken before patrons's eyes. Beyond the grill, the menu features hearty meals of pork katsu and noodle-filled udon soups, as well as tempura-stuffed specialty maki and delicate nigiri made with freshly caught fish, octopus, and surf clam. The staff are also happy to celebrate birthdays and special occasions with singing and clapping.
When Ricardo and Nancy Mermet opened Tango Restaurant, their mission was to bring a flavorful slice of Argentina to the Northeast. Sides of beef rotate slowly on spits over an open-flame grill, searing to premium tenderness and juiciness before a knife-wielding asadore (grill chef) carves off the choicest cuts. The menu revolves around beef entrees, such as filet mignon topped with roquefort cheese, but it also showcases grilled chicken marinated in lemon sauce and seafood dishes such as seasoned sole prepared with red sauce and cheese. Adventurous diners can try delicacies such as kidney and sweetbreads (usually made from the throat or pancreas), and super-adventurous diners can enjoy their meals while suspended above a shark tank.
Tango's vinegar-parsley chimichurri sauce complements the flavor of entrees, leading some diners to eat up to 2 pounds of meat in a single sitting, according to Ricardo and Nancy. Tango's chic wood bar pours wine and beer, and an open space invites diners to shimmy off their dinner by performing the eatery's eponymous dance amid dim mood lighting and exposed brick walls.