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Mar 10, 2013 07:27 AM

Japanese Steak House Restaurant recommendations

What are some of the authentic restaurants in Boston and surrounding areas? Thanks.

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  1. Are you looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant or a Japanese Steakhouse? Japanese Steakhouses are really more of an American invention. Not that this is a bad thing.
    For a Japanese "diner" experience I love Shiki in Brookline.
    Yakitori has finally made its way to Boston with Yakitori Zai, which features small skewers of grilled meats.

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    1. re: UnclePH

      If it's Japanese Steakhouse, then Osaka Steakhouse in Brookline is popular. Haven't eaten there.

      1. re: lergnom

        ive been here several times, and I think its great. also has good non-teppanyaki options.

        1. re: lergnom

          I think Kiku Yama in Dedham is better tasting and better value than Osaka.

      2. There's a Bisuteki in the Coutyard by Marriott on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. This is a knockoff of Benihana, the original (highly Americanized) chain of chicken-steak-shrimp "teppanyaki" joints where the chefs crack jokes and do knife tricks while diners sit around a big grill. I've never been here, myself. Don't believe the website's laughable claim that this place is famous in Boston.

        The last place like this that I've been to (probably 8-10 years ago) is Yokohama in Lawrence. I believe it's still going.

        1. UnclePH has a great point. Please help us help you. When you say "authentic" Japanese Steak House, exactly what do you mean?

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          1. re: PinchOfSalt

            If the Steakhouses are more American, then recommendations for both. Steakhouses with fancy knife and fire shows, more casual, and then recommendations for quieter, more authentic restaurants with Japanese cuisine and good interior design, lighting,etc.

            Thanks for all your comments too.

            1. re: Photog_016

              For Japanese steakhouses, I second the recommendation for Osaka. I think you'll like it and get the show you're looking for.

              As for other Japanese restaurants, I stand by my suggestion of Shiki in Brookline for authentic Japanese cuisine in a casual but pleasant surrounding.

              If someone else is paying, O Ya is by far the quintessential Japanese restaurant in Boston. Doesn't get any better.

              Also, I think any conversation about Japanese cuisine isn't complete without mentioning the Japanese food court at The Shops at Porter Square. One of Boston's greatest culinary jewels. Nothing fancy, just good. Sapporo Ramen and Cafe Mami being my favorites.

            2. re: PinchOfSalt

              Actually, I think Teppanaki are authentically Japanese. My hosts in Japan took me to one in Tokyo that was magnificent. Small amounts of Kobe beef beautifully prepared and presented. However, I agree that anything stateside is not authentic and pales in comparison. Shiki and Osaka are a couple of blocks from each other and you could do both. Appetizers and a sake tasting at Shiki followed by a steak show.

              1. re: gourmaniac

                You are absolutely right. The origin of Teppanyaki dates back to 1945 to a Tokyo restaurant called Misono. Misono was designed to serve Western-influenced food on a Teppan in a post war environment. The Japanese themselves didn't really take to the concept, but it was wildly popular with tourists and foreigners working in Japan.

                Rocky Aioki stole the concept and brought it to the US in 1964, openinng the first Benihana in NY. Our modern notion of a Japanese Steakhouse really stems from there.

                I love the notion of Apps at Shiki followed by dinner at Osaka! May have to steal that one myself. :-)