Cooking on a hot flat surface was pioneered by enterprising Icelanders who used to sizzle their meats atop the stingrays that live inside of volcanoes. Give your hunger a jolt with today's Groupon: for $33, you get a hibachi/teppanyaki dinner for two at Kami Japanese Steakhouse in Apple Valley (up to a $28 value for each entree). The dinner includes:
- Two hibachi/teppanyaki entrees (up to a $28 value for each entree; a $56 total value). Customers have the option to upgrade to entrees exceeding $28.
- Two glasses of Canyon Road white or red house wine (up to a $10 total value)
Behind Kami Japanese Steakhouse's painted geisha doors and traditional red archway, chefs cleave, grill, and sear selections from a menu of fine Japanese cuisine. The open-air hibachi grill arrays hungry spectators around a black-aproned chef who deftly wields kitchen utensils and inspires fork fights over the iron teppan. Seared entrees such as teriyaki scallops head up a parade of appetizers including onion soup, salad, grilled vegetables, noodles, and sautéed shrimp. Patrons can satisfy maddening zoological curiosity by combining pieces of filet mignon and shrimp or opt for a botanical banquet of carrots, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini in the vegetarian entree.
Kami Japanese Steakhouse
Beneath a traditional red archway, two doors bearing coquettish, intricately painted geishas open to welcome guests into Kami Japanese Steakhouse’s contemporary dining room. Flames shoot off hibachis as talented chefs skillfully dice and flip steak, chicken, and veggies upon these communal tabletop grills, each set ablaze by a baby dragon. Sushi chefs continue the culinary show, performing for guests seated at a stately sushi bar as they carefully carve raw seafood. Thanks to all-you-can-eat sushi meals, their work is never done—their hands are a constant blur of smoked eel, albacore tuna, and surf clams rolled to order. In the kitchen, yet another team of chefs whips up udon-noodle soup, fried yakisoba noodles, and teriyakis. Bartenders pair each of Kami’s entrees with tangy sakes, Japanese beer, and global wines.