What a great way to spend a long lunch with friends or co-workers. I can’t call it a lunch ‘hour’ because it definitely took longer than an hour! Four of us shared the Samurai for 4 for $27.50 per person (see menu here). Yum!
We were served miso soup, a nice looking salad, and tofu with kimchi to start. There were so many great colors and flavours and we were looking forward to more! After some fried chicken we started the Japanese BBQ. For the Japanese BBQ they cranked up the heat on a grill in the middle of our table (much like Korean BBQ if you’ve ever done that before) and you cook your own meat and veggies. It’s very interactive, so it does take a bit of time.
We ordered a plate of beef tongue off the menu (photo below, on the left) because one of us really likes it… but it turns out that we all enjoyed it. Thinly cut and grilled until crispy it was really good!
There was a lot of meat… and a few scattered veggies! It kept coming, and coming…
Some of the meat was served plain, while some was served with a sauce. You could taste the subtle differences in the sauces, but even the plain meat had a lot of flavour. On the table there were three sauces you could use to dip your food into – a sweet soy, a hot sauce and ponzu (a citrus based sauce). They were all good, but my fave was the hot sauce – I poured it all over my side of rice and gobbled it up!
The sukiyaki bibimbap was delicious. The rice dish is served in a super hot pot and it is mixed at your table and the rice is pushed up the sides of the bowl so that it can get nice and crispy.
The food seemed to come to a halt and we were all very satisfied… just a little bit of dessert and we’d be happy people… but, more meat came out… and more and more! The broccoli in the tin foil pack was super good (cooked in butter!) and I think I ate more than my share.
For dessert we were offered the choice of three different ice creams (black sesame, green tea and I can’t remember the other), or a s’more. I went for the s’more… and I got to roast the marshmallow over the BBQ grill (thankfully they changed the grill so my marshmallow wouldn’t taste of bbq’d meat). It took forever for my marshmallow to get toasty so I finally gave up and ate it semi-cold. I think next time I’d get the ice cream.