10/21/2001We checked out Tokyo Steak House down in Federal Way on a recommendation. Maybe you've heard of "Benihana"... the Japanese restaurant where they cook the food at your table? This style of cooking is called "Teppanyaki", and it's what Tokyo Steak House offers. I've never been to Benihana, but I hope it's better than this place.
Maybe our experience was atypical - or more likely the people who recommeneded it to us just have different tastes. We found the food kind of bland and uninteresting, aside from their special "A2" sauce, a creamy spicy blend somewhere between thousand island dressing and a hot chili sauce. You order the whole meal together, and the only variations are what meats you would like. For example, if you wanted steak and shrimp, it was $16.95. The meal comes with rice, meat, salad, and grilled vegetables.
Aside from the bland food, I thought the worst part was our particular cook. He was skilled enough with a spatula, but he kept trying to be funny and entertaining. Our friends thought he succeeded, but I found his humor forced, and crossing the line to being rude and annoying! That's not good, considering he's there the WHOLE MEAL, butting into your conversations, making obnoxious comments, etc. The other cooks I saw around the restaurant seemed better.
The final blow is that when dinner was over, I was still hungry! The food was okay, but
when I pay about $20 for an average meal, the LEAST I expect is enough food. But I had to go
home and scarf a sandwich just to feel satisfied. Granted, Federal Way is innundated with
chain restaurants so this might be the best you can do for original cuisine, but I recommend