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Good hibachi near West Windsor/Princeton?

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Jaxie Waxie Woo Nov 14, 2008 06:55 AM

Help - it's my sister-in-law's birthday tonight and she wants to go to a hibachi restaurant. They are from out of town and we haven't been to any nearby, so we're all clueless on where to go.

We don't want to stray too far from the general area. Anyone know of a decent hibachi restaurant, say within a 20-25 minute drive from Quakerbridge Mall?

Many thanks for any suggestions!

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    2ndToNone Nov 17, 2008 10:38 AM

    We always liked Shogun 27 when we lived in South Brunswick, but haven't been for several years. We have always been put off by the cleanliness of Banzai on Quakerbridge Road. Our favorite has to be Bimi in the Westin Hotel, Forrestal Village. Usually easy to get into, not quite as "active" as a Benihana, but very reliable through the years.

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      Nursemegg Nov 18, 2008 12:03 PM

      A new Japanese restaurant has opened, this week I believe, in East Windsor. It's located in the small shopping center still under construction between the WalMart and the Home Depot. The sign on the door says they have hibachi. I'm looking forward to trying it.

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      TomDel Nov 14, 2008 12:45 PM

      I haven’t been there in years, so I can’t vouch for the food but how about the Banzai restaurant on Quaker Bridge Road http://banzairestaurant.anpsoftware.c... . It’s right down the road from the QB Mall.

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        RPMcMurphy Nov 14, 2008 07:38 AM

        Shogun 27 is in princeton area I believe.

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          samlub Nov 14, 2008 08:55 AM

          Shogun 27 is pretty good for a party atmosphere, but I've always found the food way to garlicky. And I love garlic.

          We've always been much more fond of Fuji in Dayton (http://www.fujidayton.com/). It might not be right for you if you're looking for a party atmosphere, since it's much quieter and less festive, but the food is better. Also, if you're a little money-conscious, it's a bit cheaper than Shogun and you can usually find better coupons.

          (After lurking on here for about a year, I finally had my first post!)

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            Jaxie Waxie Woo Nov 17, 2008 08:18 AM

            Many thanks for the suggestions. We ended up at Shogun 27. The food was very good (fortunately, not too garlicky!) and there was a definite party vibe though the sudden disco lights and overhead music got a tad lame after they did the umpteenth birthday sparkler thing.

            My biggest complaint was that we had to wait 45 minutes AFTER our confirmed reservation time before being seated. The young woman at the podium just kept saying she was sorry and it'll be "just a minute".... after being told that for 35 minutes, we asked to speak to the manager. She went to get him, but came back without him saying he was just now setting up our table. When we finally were taken back a few minutes later, staffers were still in the process of setting up our table, the manager nowhere in sight. He/she never did come to our table to apologize for the wait.

            My other complaint? They charge for fountain soda refills. Talk about nickel-and-diming your guests!

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