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Dec 8, 2009 08:44 AM

New Asian Place on Route 35 in Holmdel?

Has anyone been to the new Asian place on Route 35 in Holmdel? Not even sure of the name of it. Looks like maybe a Sushi/Hibachi place?

I think it was the Macaroni Grill before?

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  1. I have been with a group of 20 year olds looking for a new, young adult friendly place on a Sat nite. I found the place beautiful enough inside but boring menu wise and pretty pricey for the servings. But when I went, they were only opened a week. If you go, please update my experience. Txs.

    eta: On the other hand, altho not much on decor, Coconut Forest, Airport Plaza in Hazlet, has been really good for quick dinners.

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    1. re: HillJ

      They better hope to do a lot of hibachi business as they have fierce competition in their other areas. Across the street is K.O.B.E., one of the best sushi places in the area. A half mile up the road is Aligado, which also has decent Thai. Plus there are many other good sushi places within a couple miles. But no hibachi nearby that I'm aware of.

      1. re: cantkick

        There are two other hibachi places in the area. Shiki in Middletown which is unimpressive and Fuji in Hazlet, which I can't speak for.

        I'm very cautious with my sushi so I'd need to hear some other people say it's good before I go there. I tend to get my sushi at Fuji which has always been fresh and they have brown rice, which I prefer.

        HillJ - Did the place have a bar as well? Like somewhere you can meet up for drinks? Thanks for the recommendation on Coconut Forest, I wasn't aware of that place.

        1. re: dani0622

          dani, the oddest thing. I just came back from the Holmdel center so I figured I would stop in to refresh my memory on menu, ask a few questions...and they aren't opened. When we were there I don't recall ordering alcohol and do not remember if there was a bar or not. So odd about today tho. Sorry, can't help you further.

          1. re: HillJ

            Did this place stay open and if yes, any comments on the food?

            1. re: stickman731

              No, it's not open so I have no comment on the menu. Chili's only confirmed it was not opened & the Mgr. had no idea what their next door neighbor was doing.

          2. re: dani0622

            Shiki is now defunct (real estate sign in front).

      2. Went there for hibachi a week or so ago. It was pretty good. The quality was fine. My son said the steak was amazing. I wouldn't go that far, but I was happy with my meal. The quantity of food is slightly less than other places, but more than sufficient. (The other places tend to serve portions that really are too big, and I am a big eater, unfortunately.)

        I will definitely return, but probably for the sushi side of the house, as they advertised some interesting specials.

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        1. re: cantkick

          Returned last night. It was not as good this time around, but still ok. The steak was still excellent. The shrimp was slightly overcooked, but still ok, as was the salmon. The scallops I'm told were very good. But the rice was only so-so, and I didn't like the noodles at all. (I had some with leftovers tonight; and it was much better; perhaps it just needed more soy which my wife had added.) The chef was pleasant, but slightly clumsy. He didn't do tricks, but that was fine with us. And the wait staff was friendly and attentive. But I had to ask for chopsticks, which seems the norm at Hibachi tables. My major complaint is that the hot tea was only warm.

          I'd give the Hibachi part of the house 2.5 out of four stars. I'd go again, but I would not choose it, and would offer alternatives.

          Now for the sushi. I ordered an ell roll for an appetizer. Other special rolls I've seen there have been nicely presented. This one was nondescript. It had too much rice and little filling. I could barely taste the fish. The slight drizzle of sauce added little. Based on this one sample. I see little reason to get sushi there with the excellent K.O.B.I. across the street. I give it 1 to 1.5 stars.

          I haven't tried any Thai there yet, but probably will eventually.