Umami Asian Cuisine
1400 N.W. 87th Ave.
Doral, FL 33172
Located in the heart of Doral, Umami offers a lunch and dinner hibachi menu featuring individual portions and combo options of chicken, churrasco, NY strip, filet mignon, shrimp, scallops and calamari. Each meal is served with salad, vegetables and steamed rice. You’ll still get the teppanyaki experience but you’ll get the best value with lunch. While visiting, pay close attention to its details like pink ginger folded into the shape of a flower. Presentation is everything, which makes dining here a high-class experience.
Ruson Japanese Steakhouse
13856 S.W. 88th St.
Miami, FL 33186
If you and your guest are debating about whether or not to eat at the local Thai joint or to have a fun night out at a Japanese steakhouse, worry no more. Ruson Japanese Steakhouse not only serves a full teppanyaki menu including soup, salad, fried rice and vegetables, but it also has Thai and sushi menus. Its Thai menu includes standards like pad Thai and peanut everything else while its sushi menu includes love boats, which are boat-shaped serving bowls filled with ornate sushi. After you’re done, you’ll be too full to fight.
Gabose Korean and Japanese Restaurant
4991 N. University Drive
Lauderhill, FL 33351
Gabose Korean and Japanese Restaurant is unlike any restaurant on this list. Most of its food preparation is done in the kitchen but guests have the option of sitting at barbecue tables complete with a small fire pit filled with charcoal and an overhead vent. The server will show you how to cook your Korean barbecue and then turn over the job to you. Gabose also offers traditional Japanese food, but there is no teppanyaki here.
Da Campo Osteria
3333 N.E. 32nd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Da Campo Osteria is an Italian restaurant first and a tableside restaurant second. Most of the meals are prepared by Hialeah-raised chef Steven Acosta and his crew in the kitchen away from the prying eyes of patrons except for its mozzarella. Customers can order light delicacies like caprese or pesto from the mozzarella menu and a server will come to the table and make the mozzarella in front of you. At $18 for an appetizer, the price is a bit steep but the experience is well worth the money.
Nami Japanese Restaurant
8381 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Nami Japanese Restaurant has three locations in Broward County but if you’re looking for hibachi food, then you have to sit at the U-shaped tables at the Pembroke Pines restaurant, not to be confused with Nami Sushi & Grill, which is also located in Pembroke Pines. You can order surf and turf combinations like NY steak and shrimp or add other variations like churrasco, scallops or lobster. The prices are average with dinner costing about $30 per person and lunch averaging at $20 per person. The teppanyaki show itself is basic except for the onion volcano where the chef stacks a raw onion ring tower, fills it with oil and then lights a splash of oil on the edge of the grill. Then he uses his bare fingers to transport the fire from the edge of the table to the onion volcano. It’s an awesome experience and well worth the money you’ve paid.
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