Takara Japanese Steakhouse

Still have good vibes from a pleasant evening with friends a couple of weeks ago at a newly kosherized Japanese Steakhouse in Oakhurst, New Jersey, virtually in Bruce Springsteen’s back yard.  With a party of six (and I as the token male) we were eligible to eat at the hibachi, a centerpiece of this teppanyaki-style steakhouse.  From Wikipdedia:

“The originator of the teppanyaki-style steakhouse is believed to be Shigeji Fujioka of the Japanese restaurant chain Misono.  The restaurant claims to be the first to introduce the concept of cooking Western-influenced food on a teppan in Japan, in 1945.  They soon found the cuisine was less popular with the Japanese than it was with foreigners, who enjoyed both watching the skilled maneuvers of the chefs preparing the food and the cuisine itself, which is somewhat more familiar than more traditional Japanese dishes. As the restaurants became more popular with tourists, the chain increased the performance aspect of the chef’s preparation, such as stacking onion slices to produce a flaming onion volcano.”

Our chef did not disappoint, and he finished off his preparation with this fiery performance.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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