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GETTING OUT: The Best Hibachi Spots in Central Mass

Thursday, June 28, 2012

 

At Japanese hibachi restaurants, your food is prepared on a grill table right in front of you. Watching these trained chefs prepare the food is half the fun...

Whether you’re looking for family fun or a romantic night with your significant other, Japanese hibachi is a fun and unique option. Offering a great spectacle for birthday celebrations and enough distraction to take the awkwardness out of that first date, hibachi is definitely the most entertaining way to eat out. Make a reservation and get ready to see some onion volcanoes and flying vegetables.

Hirosaki Prime

Tucked away in a strip mall, it’s easy to miss Hirosaki Prime unless you’re looking for it, but this hidden gem is well worth the search. Serving up only Prime certified beef products and the highest quality ingredients available, this chic hibachi spot is a fantastic place to take a date. Hirosaki Prime boasts a full bar, unique specialty drinks and an extensive wine list on top of its impressive hibachi options. Order the swordfish, Chilean sea bass or filet mignon, and you won’t be disappointed. Though its location is suburban, its interior screams big city. Dramatic lighting and contemporary décor offer an upscale, youthful ambiance. Prices for hibachi are on the steeper side, ranging from $20 to 40, but with their prime cuts of meat, it's definitely worth it.  
1121 Grafton St., Worcester, MA
(508) 926-8700

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Kyoto Hibachi & Sushi

Kyoto boasts a friendly wait staff that treats you like family and customers travel from Old Orchard Beach and Pittsburgh to feast on the delicious fried rice, Kyoto is a great place to take a date or your family. With its traditional Japanese décor and menu, this hibachi spot is as authentic as it gets. Order a Scorpion Bowl or Mai Tai to go with your Islander special, a mixture of sirloin, calamari, and lobster made right before your eyes. Teppanyaki dinner entrees start at $13.95, so this evening out won’t break the bank!
535 East Lincoln St. Worcester, MA
(508) 852-5788

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...But the other half, the food, will certainly not disappoint you either.

Sakura Tokyo

Try the lamb rack or the combination steak and chicken at Sakura Tokyo. This upscale restaurant offers delicious cuisine, Japanese beer, Polynesian cocktails and a lengthy wine list. Sakura Tokyo is a great place to throw a party, and the hibachi is the main event. This local spot has seen everything from proposals to bachelorette parties to birthday bashes. The hibachi prices range from $16-38.
640 Park Ave Worcester, MA
(508) 792-1068

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Chopsticks

This eclectic restaurant features both Chinese and Japanese food options, so you can order your Japanese Imperial Filet Mignon hibachi with some Chinese chicken Lo Mein. Chopsticks is more of a family spot, offering reasonable prices, a teppanyaki children’s menu and a laid back atmosphere. On the weekends however, there are live, contemporary tunes while you watch your hibachi chef work.
21 Commercial Rd. Sears Town Mall, Leominster, MA
(978) 534-0020

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Feng Asian Bistro

Feng Asian Bistro is a funky, modern spot for hibachi. Order the Emperor’s Feast and watch as the chef whips up a combo of sea bass, filet mignon and lobster tail. Bring a date and split the popular Grape Ape scorpion bowl, made from grape and black raspberry vodka, triple sec, pineapple and cranberry juice, and Feng’s secret ingredient. This bistro is fresh, modern, and affordable.
70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, Millbury, MA
(508) 865-4400

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