There was a coupon in the Leader last weekend for $10 off the Hibachi at Mt Fuji (Elmira / Consumer Square Plaza next to the Verizon store). I have been there before but didn’t sit at the Hibachi. Honestly, I’m always intimidated by a Hibachi, especially when there are only two of us going. You’ll usually end up at a table with other people, and their is always some level of interaction with the chef.
We were seated at our own table and ordered. Hot Tea, chicken Hibachi, and a shrimp / scallop combo Hibachi. It starts with soup and salad. Before we finished our salads, a group of 3 joined our table… then another group of 3… and then a couple. Everyone was in their own world for the most part, so it wasn’t really uncomfortable. The social aspect of Hibachi is actually kind of fun. Once the chef starts cooking, all eyes on are on him anyway.
As you might expect, there are a good amount of theatrics during the cooking. Various utensils seemed to narrowly miss my face (I sat to the chefs side; that seems to be the danger zone). First the rice is cooked. Eggs are broken. Knives are flying. Fires are set. They must pay a lot for insurance.
Save some of your rice to have with your meat & veggies. The chef cooks everyone’s food at once. It’s quite increadible when you think about it. I have a hard time preparing a sandwich. This guy is cooking 10 individual meals with various sauces, spices, and cooking times… all while trying to avoid setting himself on fire for your entertainment.
The best part of Hibachi is that everything is obviously fresh. No frozen shrimp or chicken breasts here. You should definitely check it out. It makes a good date night. For that matter, it turns a boring night into an unavoidably exciting evening. The prices are pretty great if you consider the quality of your food and entertainment aspect. I usually add an extra dollar on a 20% tip. With our $10 coupon, our meal only came to $30. I see coupons for Mt Fuji in the paper all the time. Also, the hot tea is free.