Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Restaurant Review - Winston Salem, NC

1111 Salisbury Ridge Road
Winston Salem, NC  27127
(336) 722-5009

View from Foyer

Chicken Broth Soup

Salad with Ginger Dressing

Volcano Fire Show - Cooking Shrimp Appetizer, Noodles, Zucchini & Onions

Zucchini, Onions & Noodles

Rice, Mushrooms, Ribeye Steak, Red Snapper & Noodles

This is a review of a restaurant located in Winston Salem, North Carolina called Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi. We visited on a Wednesday night around 5:30 pm. It wasn't busy until about 6 pm, so if you want to avoid the rush arrive prior to 6 pm. They are open from 5 pm to 10 pm Monday through Thursday and they stay open half an hour later on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday they are open from 1 pm to 9 pm. When we arrived we were immediately seated and we waited for more people to arrive since we were the first ones at our table. Their sanitation score was 94.5 when we visited.

The waiter took our drink order as soon as we sat down. They have a full service bar. We ordered water since we both had to drive home in separate cars. We were happy that the waiter didn't wait until more people arrived prior to serving us soup since we were so hungry. He brought out our soup only a couple of minutes after he brought out our drinks. It was very hot, so we had to wait a bit prior to eating it and it was tasty. Twelve minutes later the waiter brought out our salads. The salad was too watery, they didn't drain it enough after washing. The ginger dressing was average, I'll order ranch instead next time. The waiter took our order at this point. I ordered the Ribeye Steak & Red Snapper for $19.98 and Hubby ordered the Ribeye Steak & Shrimp for $18.98. As soon as five more people arrived the show started which was thirteen minutes after our salad and twenty-seven minutes after we arrived. We were happy to see that as soon as the chef arrived he started a fire even before he started cooking, so we knew he was going to put on a good show. He was also cracking jokes, so he was very entertaining. He started cooking the shrimp appetizer, noodles, zucchini and onions and made a volcano fire with onion as shown above. Seven minutes after the chef arrived we were served the shrimp appetizer which was yummy and included three pieces of shrimp. Three minutes later, we were served the noodles, zucchini and onions. I asked the waiter if I could have twice the amount of rice and skip the noodles, but he said no. I usually don't like the noodles they serve at Asian restaurants, so I was surprised these noodles were so tasty. Hubby loved them so much he ate most of them before our next serving! The zucchini and onions were also tasty, one of my favorite parts of the meal. Next, the chef did the ketchup bottle trick and he picked the perfect person to do it to since she thought he was really squirting ketchup on her outfit. She was mad for a few seconds while looking down at her top before figuring out it was a trick. Normally the chef does it to a child since they are easier to trick, but there weren't any kids at our table. I wish I had filmed her reaction, it was so funny and everyone laughed at her reaction. Four minutes later I was served my medium rare ribeye steak. It wasn't great, but it was a large portion. I think I'll order the chicken next time instead. The chicken is cooked in teriyaki sauce. Hubby was served a very generous portion of shrimp and he enjoyed it. Six minutes later I was served the red snapper. It wasn't that tasty, I preferred the red snapper at Arigato Japanese Restaurant also in Winston Salem. A few minutes later we were served a grilled banana dessert which I would have preferred be served on a separate plate. We didn't care for it. Fourteen minutes later we were out the door. The total time for our visit was sixty-five minutes.

In conclusion, while the show was fabulous and the waiter was attentive, the food was just average, but they served very generous portions. Hubby ate most of his food and I had a huge portion of leftovers to take home. We preferred the taste of the food at Arigato, but the portions are smaller and the show leaves a lot to be desired. So it depends on which is more important to you, the show or the food. Also, this restaurant had very bright lights above the hibachi grill which gave me a headache. The lights at Arigato are much more pleasant especially for an meal in the evening. While we may return, we are really looking forward to a new Japanese restaurant near Costco called Umi. We are hoping that the food and the show will be excellent there. Which hibachi restaurant is your favorite? 

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