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Hibachi virgin here, need help....

  • VTRP Oct 24, 2010 09:56 AM
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Im not a fan of the concept, but my fiance wants to take a group of friends for her birthday for hibachi. Like i said, ive never been and not sure where to look. Ive heard suggestions of Ooka in Montgomeryville (although i read pretty pricey) or the old standby, Benihana. Not looking to ask my friends to spend an arm and a leg, any suggestions in the Montco area?
Thanks for the help.

5255 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

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  1. We recently went to Benihana and were disapointed. The food was ok, no major complaints, but the presentation was just ok. Arirang in Langhorn (I know, it is a ride and not in Montco) was WAY nicer IMO.

    986 US Highway 9, Sayreville, NJ 08859

    5255 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

    1. Benihana is what it is...I've got friends/co-workers who love it so I've been many times, and can just say the experience can really vary depending on location and the specific hibachi chef you get. The one in Pennsauken NJ is better than some of the others I've been to - and has decent enough sushi if you don't want the standard hibachi meal. Otherwise stick with basic steak and chicken, avoid the weird so-called "calamari" at all costs, and be sure to get the fried rice with the meal b/c that's probably the tastiest thing they make.

      Also, Benihana is pretty expensive for what you get, definitely no bargain meal. I'd imagine a local hibachi place might be more affordable...

      5255 Marlton Pike, Pennsauken, NJ 08109

      1. There's a place called Hibachi in Jenkintown. I ate there once, several years ago. It was fine, but not really my thing. I can't compare it to other places, but it's always full, and people seem to really like it.

        1. Fuji in Montgomeryville is an option for Hibachi...I think it's less expensive than Ooka. It's just that Hibachi is, well...Hibachi.

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          1. re: tourmama

            It's been a couple of years, but the last time we had teppanyaki at Fuji it was pretty good and not nearly as expensive as Ooka or even Hibachi in Jenkintown (which is right around the corner from us). The cook was amusing without being too corny about it. Like I said, though, it's been a couple of years so you might want to call around for current pricing.