Hibachi chefs make playing with food fun, unlike regular chefs, who spend hours in the kitchen waiting for steaks to move their chess pieces. Catch some food-flipping fun with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Japanese cuisine at Kampai Japanese Steak House in Mount Prospect. Choose between the following dining times:
- Friday and Saturday<p>
Kampai Japanese Steak House tickles taste buds and dazzles eyes with a menu of hibachi-style delectations, cooked up tableside by witty, food-juggling chefs. Entrees prep their entrances with appetizing entourages that include soup, salad, and shrimp flambé, seared with the fiery precision of a math rock band’s pyrotechnics. Eight-ounce filet mignon ($31.95) satiates meaty cravings with tender mouthfuls, and salmon teriyaki ($24.50) combines succulent piscine bites with tangy marinade. Exotic cocktails ($8.50) proffer guests such sippable choices as mai tais, piña coladas, and strawberry daiquiris, and sake ($4.50 for a small, $8 for a large) moistens mouths left dry from visits to Bob Newhart’s dentist.
Kampai Japanese Steak House
Chefs at Kampai Japanese Steak House man their hibachis with skill, flipping and twirling their gleaming utensils as they carefully cook meats such as filet mignon, lobster tail, and shrimp. As customers' meals sizzle before their eyes, chefs keep them entertained by telling jokes and anecdotes about their first job as a baton twirler. The floating sushi bar is no less inventive. Wooden boats stocked with fresh pieces of sushi and tiny shuffleboard teams float in an open tank from which diners can pluck their choice of morsels (the sushi menu also offers made-to-order options). Although the food preparation is entertaining, it does not upstage the taste. Kampai's head chef, Suki, has traveled extensively to search out quality ingredients for his sauces, in which he strives to blend Eastern cuisine with worldwide flavors.