365 N State Rt 17, Paramus, NJ
Certainly I’ve had my share of legitimately Japanese and Korean-style hibachi dishes (1) (2) (3) (4) but sometimes you want to go for the full blown, ersatz Japanese Rocky Aoki Benihana-style experience with all the schtick associated with it (click for Google Video).
One such Teppanyaki/Hibachi chain that I particularly like in the local area is Kiku. Kiku is a Korean-owned, small chain (they own about four restaurants in the NY/NJ metro area) and they have no pretense about being authentic — they proudly display Korean ceramics and artwork all over the restaurant (and even have a room showcasing them where they can be purchased) and have some Korean items on the menu as well. I also find that the quality of the steak and seafood is quite good considering it’s a chain, and the Teppanyaki jockeys are first rate, if not a bit too over the top schticky. But if you’re coming into one of these places in the first place (and you’re paying good money to) by all means, bring on the schtick.
Kiku storefront off Route 17 in Paramus. This is the most recently constructed location, which opened in 2005.
These ceramic vases are all made in Korea.
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The restaurant includes a full service sushi bar, which I admit I haven’t tried.
Kiku is a cavernous restaurant — I’d have to say the place can seat 250 if not more.
The dining room has a huge window which faces a Japanese garden outside.
Traditional Korean vases adorn the restaurant.
I started off with an Orion beer, which is imported from Okinawa. As far as I know Kiku is the only restaurant in the area that serves it. It’s a great beer.
The traditional green salad with ginger dressing.
Onion soup broth, which while somewhat on the salty side, I enjoyed.
Makin’ fried rice.
Hibachi fried rice
We shared a double order of filet mignon and a order of hibachi seafood.