This Thursday July 4th, Kobe Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse celebrates their 35th Anniversary with flashback prices from the 80’s starting at only $9.95 starting at 5pm. With over 11 Central Florida locations, locally family owned and operated Kobe Steakhouse employs over 600 incredible, hard-working, and dedicated employees today. This summer they will open their new St. Pete location, and then a new South I-Drive location soon after.
Kobe is probably best known for their live dinner cooking show featuring chefs who perform teppanyaki grilling. This involves using a flat iron griddle where teppan chefs slices and dices vegetables, igniting little volcanoes made of onion and cooking oil, stirring up fried rice and noodles, steak, shrimp, chicken – and of course, a ladle of the special house white sauce.
Though they specialize in teppanyaki cooking, there is also quite an extensive sushi and bar menu at Kobe Steakhouse, too.
Sometimes in the US, we mistakenly call this style of cooking hibachi. However, hibachi involves grilling over small, portable barbecue grills that are made from cast iron, commonly using charcoal as their heating source – kind of like what we know as “Korean barbecue” grilling nowadays.
We recently visited to get an inside look at Kobe Steakhouse at the Alafaya East Orlando location.
Here’s what it’s like to eat at Kobe Steakhouse:
Step One: Order from the list of Teppanyaki Entrees including steak, chicken, scallop, shrimp, lobster tail, and more
Step Two: The Server Brings Out Japanese Clear Onion Soup with Mushrooms and House Salad with Ginger Dressing
Step Three: The Teppanyaki Chef Rolls out with His Cart and Confirms Your Orders
Step Four: The Teppanyaki Chef (our chef was named Chef Vu) Begins Cooking the Fried Rice
Aw, look it’s fried rice in the shape of a heart!
Step Five: The Teppanyaki Chef Begins Cooking the Vegetables
Here, a dash of soy sauce is all the seasoning these veggies need!
Step Six: The Teppanyaki Chef Plays With Fire – The Onion Ring Volcano
Chef Vu seems to enjoy playing with fire! A lot!
Step Seven: The Teppanyaki Chef Begins Cooking the Proteins including Shrimp, Scallop, Chicken, and Steak
Some more fire play ….
Step Eight – The Final Step: The Teppanyaki Chef Plates Your Meats
Enjoy the meal!
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