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Jinx
12-08-2008, 10:26 PM
You know those Chinese restaurants where they perform tricks with fire and cooking utensiles as they cook in front of you. Is there a name for that style of restaurant?

Indistinguishable
12-08-2008, 10:29 PM
Japanese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teppanyaki)

seodoa
12-08-2008, 10:31 PM
Japanese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teppanyaki)

Although the food served at them is anything but.

Indistinguishable
12-08-2008, 10:34 PM
Yeah, I was surprised to find that out in the article. Still, I just felt like being snarky. :)

papaw
12-08-2008, 10:37 PM
Benihana

Jinx
12-08-2008, 10:39 PM
Yeah...I guess they are Japanese. I suppose I am confusing a Mongolian grill style of cooking (offered at some Chinese restaurants) with this style of cooking.

seodoa
12-08-2008, 10:45 PM
As the article states, Teppanyaki is considered Japanese and found in most Japanese restaurants in the US, but they are slim pickings here in Japan. Even if you do find one, usually it is because you are cooking your own food, such as in okonomiyaki (savory pancake/omelette thing) restaurants.

ETA: Most teppanyaki owners I have met (Okay, 2 out of the three that I've met) don't even know how to cook Japanese cuisine. I can see the reasoning behind opening one though. Imagine you are a Chinese immigrant with a flair for cooking. You could start a Ming's Great Wall or a Panda Express and sell your food at fast food prices or you could call it Japanese food, throw in some sushi on the menu, and serve it all for 25 dollars a plate. ;)

Tangent
12-08-2008, 11:41 PM
It is often referred to as "Hibachi-style" in the U.S.

Wikepedia entry on "Hibachi" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibachi). Scroll down to the last paragraph where it addresses your question.

Really Not All That Bright
12-09-2008, 12:36 AM
There's a couple around here which refer to themselves as Hibachi-style, as Tangent notes.

greatshakes
12-09-2008, 01:09 AM
You know those Chinese restaurants where they perform tricks with fire and cooking utensiles as they cook in front of you. Is there a name for that style of restaurant?

"Irritating."

Stan Shmenge
12-09-2008, 01:12 AM
Teppan Grill.

diggleblop
12-09-2008, 11:49 AM
Benihana

CookingWithGas
12-09-2008, 02:07 PM
Benihana is the prototypical chain for this style but not the name of the style. If you were to look for one I would look for "Japanese steak house."

Quartz
12-09-2008, 02:12 PM
As the article states, Teppanyaki is considered Japanese and found in most Japanese restaurants in the US, but they are slim pickings here in Japan. Even if you do find one, usually it is because you are cooking your own food, such as in okonomiyaki (savory pancake/omelette thing) restaurants.

A friend of mine was an Okonomiyaki chef. Jeebus but he provided such good food.

SmackFu
12-09-2008, 02:16 PM
I've seen several Japanese that converted to this style. I guess it's a better sell than authentic Japanese food. Plus people get a little suspicious if you have sushi and are a bit too far from the ocean.

KneadToKnow
12-09-2008, 02:48 PM
Side note: if you ever want to piss off a hibachi chef (yes, I know, why would you, but bear with me), beat him to the "first week on the job" line. I've been to a lot of hibachi steak houses, and in my experience about two-thirds of the chefs will break that one out right before they try something dazzling, just to spook the newcomers.

SeaDragonTattoo
12-09-2008, 04:36 PM
Um, tourist trap?

ShibbOleth
12-09-2008, 04:49 PM
You mean like this place (http://youtube.com/watch?v=KQy_5BPWErk)?

ntcrawler
12-09-2008, 06:50 PM
Japanese hibachi-style grilling?

chique
12-09-2008, 10:51 PM
Venturing into MPSIMS territory here, I know, but...

Years ago when the ex and I lived in NoVa we went to a cut-rate stripmall version that had a bar in the front of the house. I ventured out for a drink and a smoke and a chat with a bunch of construction-worker types (imagine that, a road crew in a US 1 bar in NoVa) who told me it was their bar of choice as the "chefs" occasionally set things on fire. Like the ceiling lights.

Across
12-09-2008, 11:18 PM
Funnily enough, I'm taking a group of clients out for teppan yaki tonight. However, I've been to this restaurant a couple of times before and they've never unintentionally set anything on fire. But who knows, maybe tomorrow I'll have a story for y'all!

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