Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of Japanese Steakhouses until I met my wife. Although I’m always up for someone else cooking my food in front of me (it makes me feel rich), I found it odd if I went there by myself. I didn’t want to be “that” guy. Check out my Restaurant Review Video before moving on to the literary turrets episode after that.
10206 River Coast Drive
Jacksonville, FL. 32246
Location: It’s at the St. Johns Town Center around Bahama Breeze. It’s pretty much in a parking lot but I can never find a parking spot.
Food: When I go, I think of it like going to Las Vegas. I go into it thinking that I’m leaving without any money, but I’m getting some good memories. In this case, the food is pretty good too. Me and the wife always order the entrée (it varies from time to time on what exactly we order, but most of the time it is 2-3 proteins) and then we pay the extra to add a plate. That means you just pay for the one entrée and then split the food. Don’t worry, they split the food for you, just sit back and enjoy the show.
This night, we went with Steak and Chicken. Everyone gets a couple of shrimp as an appetizer. With the entrée, you order a soup and salad. We always get the mushroom soup (Description: Mushroom, tempura crunchy, scallion in a clear chicken broth. $1.75 if bought by itself). The soup is always tasty. I recommend eating the tempura crunchy as quick as you can, before it gets soggy.
Next up, the salad. We don’t venture out too much when it comes to the salad so we play it safe with the House Salad and ranch dressing. I actually like their ranch, and they give a decent amount on the salad. I hate having to ask for more (I have a ranch tooth: Video Explanation). The salad is $1.95 if you didn’t order the entrée.
And now, it’s time for the main course. We went with the Filet Mignon and Chicken (Description: all dinner entrees are served with our famous flaming shrimp appetizers at your table, fresh tossed salad with our secret wasabi dressing, japanese soup, japanese-style vegetables, and fried rice for $19.25). Let me just put this out there. I’m kind of a big boy, and can put down some food, but every single time, I leave with leftovers. And, believe it or not, my favorite part is the fresh vegetables and the rice. I can’t get enough of the zucchini and the onions. I’m sure the wife loves the onions part lol.
Everyone seems to love the shrimp sauce but over time, I have started shying away from it. My wife on the other hand, would love to take a bath in the stuff. So, if you like shrimp sauce, ask them for an extra ramekin (fancy word for Tiny Bowl) of it. They are used to people asking for it. Don’t be afraid
All in all, I have to say this is one of the better Japanese Steakhouses in Jacksonville. Always clean, food is the same every time and chef’s are always entertaining. My son loved the train thing they made with the onions and of course I liked them throwing food at me and catching it like I’m a baby seal. Yeah, I’m that guy…the fat guy being fed like he’s at the zoo. Whatever…
– Not a bank buster, the prices are reasonable
– Friendly and unobtrusive staff
– Food is consistently the same, which I can appreciate
– Not a lot of parking in the immediate area, always have to park a little ways away, not a deal breaker unless it’s raining.