Brett’s Big Bites: Kyoto Steakhouse


A hibachi chef smiles and laughs with guests as he prepares their meal. Photo taken by Brett Smith.

Brett Smith, Entertainment Editor

To many, especially teenagers, there’s nothing better than hanging with friends after a football game, binge your guys’ favorite show, and have food delivered right to your doorstep. It’s convenient, cheap, and for the most part, pretty tasty. But you can’t spend your entire life eating meals that are delivered to you. Well you can, but where’s the fun in that? Sometimes the past thing you can do is get exotic. And if you’re wanting an exotic and authentic dining experience, look no further than Kyoto Steakhouse of Japan.

As soon as you enter the premises, you are greeted with stunning furniture and art pieces scattered throughout. A friendly staff welcomes you inside, leading you into a room filled with heat on the grills and delicious thrills. They will sit you at a table with eight seats, and eight on the other. Most of the time, you will be paired with another group or family before your chef arrives. In the center on the table, there is a hole. In that hole on opposite sides there are grills, ensuring up to chefs cooking and up to 16 customers engorging in Asian cuisine at a time.
Before the chef does come out to prepare your meal right before your eyes, you will be introduced into the culture and spirit of the restaurant, starting with a soup and ginger salad that are provided complementary. You can also order various types of sushi, including California rolls, Dragon rolls, and many others to start your adventure.

When the time comes, the hibachi chef (pictured right) will stroll in with cart filled with the ingredients needed to provide his eight attendees with their meal for the evening. Filled with great charisma and an outgoing personality, these chefs both cook and entertain. Each will provide a satisfying and truly unforgettable eating experience.

The menu has something for everyone. There’s no need to fear if you’re not a fan of fish or a certain type of meat or veggie, because Kyoto’s vast menu allows for lots of flexibility between the chef and the customer. Everything served is fresh and cooked live. No wall between you and the cooking, so you can see the chef in action. These hibachi chefs have been specially trained and are masters in their craft, always replicating the same, stellar food no matter if you’re their first or 96th customer.

At the end of your chef’s time, he will leave with the same cart he pulled out at the beginning of your adventure, leaving you and your new friends to sit and enjoy your meal. No matter how many times you decide to visit, you will always be treated to a filling meal and smile on your face, with family and friend memories to last a lifetime.

And if you’re not a fan of having the food prepared in front of you, or just want a classic dining experience, then don’t fret my friend. On the other side of the restaurant, there are tables set up where you can order from hand menus and still enjoy fresh and authentic cuisine.

At the end of the day, one trip here will leave you and your party wanting more. You’ll be happy, full, and excited for your next visit. So whenever you’re sitting at your home and you’re sick of frozen pizza, then you most definitely have to lend yourself and your growling stomach to the great halls of flavor. You won’t regret it.

Kyoto Steakhouse of Japan, 4054 N Cloverleaf Dr, St Peters, MO 63376.