A Review by Hippy Go Lucky Hoops
Going out to Hibachi has been a thing in my family almost all my life. There was this one place in New Hampshire that we loved and went to almost every year for my sister's birthday. They remembered us every time we went in and were always so friendly. Oh, and the food was the best.
This past weekend my Mom came for a visit and we celebrated her birthday in style at Kobe Ninja House Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar in Bangor, Maine. I can honestly say that this was one of the best hibachi experiences we've ever had. We had a complete blast.
This place just opened October 1st. I was actually a little skeptical to begin with because sometimes new places need some time to get on their feet a bit. But Kobe had it down.
Our waitress came and brought drinks, took our order (pretty pricey menu, the experience was worth it...but I can only go if someone else is paying basically.) She brought a clear soup (consisting of a few green onions, mushrooms and broth) and a salad with ginger dressing.
The chef then rolls out a cart with all the ingredients that he needs to make your meal - right in front of you at the table.
The chef was the best part of the show. He was so funny and joked with us the whole time. He tossed pieces of shrimp into our mouths, and had a squirt bottle of sake. It's the perfect place to let loose and celebrate. He asked if it was anyone's birthday. My mom happens to be celebrating her birthday tomorrow so I made sure he knew it.
The chef was teasing her the whole time and getting her to drink Sake. He even ordered sake bombs for the whole table from the waitress, on the house! It was a glass, filled with a ounce or two of beer and a shot of sake.
You really need to be open to the experience to have a good time. You will find yourself at a table with strangers most likely, because of the way it is set up. Just relax, have a good time and see where the experience takes you.
Oh, and to top it off, they sang happy birthday to my mom, brought out a big gong and some ice cream. And more sake bombs. Seeing my mom do that many shots .... life is complete.