Craving of the Day - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Japanese

Craving of the Day: Hibachi

January 4, 2010

I recently went out to have Japanese food with my cousins at Sakura in Parsippany, NJ, and though I’m not a sushi-lover myself, I did love watching the hibachi cooking action. It’s when the chefs cooks the food in front of you on a heated flat stove — it was the first time for me!

Not only is it fun to watch the chefs juggle their knives and spatulas around while they cook perfect portions of noodles, stir fried rice, meat, shrimp, and chicken, the food ends up having this great BBQ flavor.

I went with a light appetite, so I ended up just getting one sushi roll of crispy shrimp tempura, while my sister went for the california and salmon rolls. The sushi pieces were just way too big, and my sister who is a sushi-lover herself, has just a hard time eating it in one bite as I did.

My boring shrimp tempura roll

California and salmon rolls

Next time, will go for the hibachi…it’s just more fun.

Some things to remember for a hibachi outing:

– If you ever go to a restaurant like this, it’s probably a good idea to take a small purse spray or something — our clothes (and hair) totally reeked of all the cooking smells after. Good for flavor, not for scent.

– Be ready to play the seal in case the chef chooses to toss a bite to you…it happens.

Sushi rolls start at $3.55; Hibachi at $12.95.

Restaurant Info:

949 Route 46 East
Parsippany, NJ 07054


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