For months now we have been hearing about the new Japanese Steakhouse that would take the spot on the food court side of the Beaver Valley Mall that was previously occupied by a long list of Mexican restaurants. When I heard that the completely renovated Shogun Hibachi Steakhouse opened this past weekend, I put it at the very top of my to-do list for the coming week.
I wasn’t able to find any information about hours or a menu online, so I basically took my chances yesterday afternoon and headed over around 1:00 pm for a late lunch. I was immediately seated alongside a number of other guests and the good food and fun started right away!
The Hibachi Atmosphere
While I have become pretty good at social situations in order to promote Your Beaver County, anyone who knows me outside of the website knows that I prefer to keep to myself, especially during lunch. I much prefer to sit at a table by myself quietly, so the idea of a hibachi restaurant is a bit much for me. However, it was in the best interest of Your Beaver County and this post for me to play along, so I did. And it was fun.
The hibachi table is an interesting place. You sit down right next to a bunch of strangers, not exactly sure who knows each other and who doesn’t. Yet, as the meal progresses, you form an interesting type of bond with everyone at the table. Even people who try to keep to themselves (like me) can’t help but participate in the fun when the cook starts tossing egg pieces towards your mouth.
Of course, if you are looking for a more quiet atmosphere, Shogun also has a number of booths and a separate sushi bar.
The Hibachi Experience
The main reason everyone loves to go to hibachi restaurants is that the chefs are incredibly entertaining. Between the singing, the spatula twirling, the egg juggling, and the onion volcano, there is a complete entertainment package that accompanies and compliments the food.
The chef for my lunch was Harry, and Harry was great. He was full of pop culture references and did a great job of getting everyone at the table to participate (even the quiet guy in the corner with the camera). Harry was also pretty impressive with the flaming spatula twirling and had his own fireman on hand to extinguish the flames.
The Hibachi Food
Before the hibachi part of my meal, I started with the Tuna Tartar appetizer. It was delicious and the wasabi really packed a punch. One thing that made my appetizer selection really simple was that there are a ton of great pictures on the menu to pick from.
I followed the appetizer with the Filet Mignon Hibachi Lunch, which I believe was about $13. The steak was tender and delicious, which I expected. What I didn’t expect was that I also cleaned my plate of rice and veggies, which is not typical for me. The other people at my table ordered chicken, scallops, and steak, and everything looked delicious.
While I know a little bit about sushi, I am certainly not an expert. I’m also not a hibachi regular. But for only $24, I think this was an excellent lunch that was also a lot of fun, and it all happened in just under an hour. I will definitely be putting Shogun Hibachi Steakhouse into my regular rotation.