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Published June 27th 2016
Hibachi Japanese Grill - steamed miso cod #BED
An unsuspecting treasure on King Street!
Ignore the nearby men's clubs and street and noise pollution, Hibachi Japanese Grill is a true gem in the rough part of the neighbourhood.
Be whisked away into a pleasantly relaxed and serene atmosphere, perfect for a quiet date, intimate gathering. Hibachi Japanese Grill has a main dining area with simple wooden chairs and tables seating two or four people, and four cosy Tatami rooms seating up to ten, that are perfect for functions or business meetings.
The word hibachi is a combination of the Japanese words Hi (fire) and bachi (bowl). Using charcoal as a burning source, the hibachi was generally found in the homes of nobility.
We chose Hibachi Japanese Grill to sample the Patagonian Toothfish marinated in the world famous Kensanji Miso; to our disappointment, we learnt they do not serve it in the winter months, and perhaps not anytime soon. Nevertheless, we decided to stay and try something else from the tempting a la carte menu.
We started with the special cod tempura; cod delicately coated in a thin and crisp tempura batter and served with a light mirin soy dipping sauce. For mains, we shared Unaju, Kabayaki Eel served on rice with Japanese pickles, my staple choice when dining Japanese. It lived up to expectation with tender succulent pieces of eel coated in a subtle sweet sauce, pickled cucumber and radish to freshen the palate. We ordered the Moro-Misoyaki, Patagonian Toothfish replaced with cod - which was steamed to perfection where the fish melted in our mouths, and was accompanied with a strong salty miso glaze, perhaps a little too overpowering. Generous serves, and beautifully presented dishes.
Hibachi Japanese Grill - tempura cod #BED
Hibachi Japanese Grill - unaju on rice #BED
Hibachi is most known for it's sushi and sashimi as well as an interesting A' la Carte menu, there is also table cooking featuring Sukiyaki, Shabu-shabu and Yosenabe. Gluten free and FODMAP friendly options available, limited choice for vegans.
Enjoy a relaxed meal in a peaceful venue, being waited on by staff with attention to detail and the welcoming disposition associated with Japanese culture, and delicious food at reasonable prices. We will be returning soon!