Before tabletop grills, chefs could only entertain their diners by penning limericks in salad dressing or baking tickets to the circus into soufflés. Savor engrossing eats with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese teppanyaki fare and drinks at Osaka House in Vancouver, Washington.
Osaka House's teppanyaki chefs force empty forks into extinction by cooking a menu of Japanese fare tableside. Before tasty theatrics transpire, eaters can jab chopsticks or upside-down popsicles into appetizers of shrimp tempura ($4.95) or pieces of california roll ($5.95). Partially sated appetites next welcome the arrival of raw ingredients, such as sukiyaki steak ($13.95), shrimp and calamari ($15.95), or chicken and scallops ($14.95), which the restaurant's masterful grill gurus toss into open flames in the center of diners' tables. Along with an edible spectacle as entertaining as setting fireworks off in a bowl of chowder, each entree also includes a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetable, and seasoned rice. Over-stimulated senses can wind down with sips of sake ($3.75–$5.50), Japanese beer, ($3.50–$5.95), or house wine ($2.75).
The red teppanyaki tables inside Osaka House host pyrotechnic performances from chefs who quickly slice, toss, and set aflame pieces of meat or veggies. Hibachi entrees run the gamut from chicken and filet mignon to swordfish and lobster, and each dish is accompanied by a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables, and seasoned rice. Diners can dig into such favorites as egg rolls and california rolls, or simply bowl them across tables into pyramids made of straws.
Fisher's Village - Orchards Area
6700 NE 162nd Ave.
Vancouver, Washington 97209