By Courtney Buell
Photography by Cody Buell
Who doesn’t love a good teppanyaki meal? There’s something wonderful about the simplicity of grilled meat and veggies served with loads of rice and a cornucopia of dipping sauces. Typically, it’s not the most affordable option, and maybe it’s not the best choice for first dates … there’s the whole table-full-of-strangers thing, not to mention the added pressure of catching shrimp in your mouth. (But what’s a little grease stain in the face of delicious food?)
So, what if we told you there was another option? A teppankaki outfit that allows you to sit where you want, afford just about anything on the menu, and eat without fear of unwanted grease stains and soaring shellfish? Friends, Lehi’s Hibachi House is answering the call. You’ll easily overlook the simple ambiance and styrofoam plates at this order-at-the-register restaurant. With no knife-throwing showmen nor waiters, you get the same food you would at the likes of Benihana, but at half the price.
Small plates and appetizers include satisfying miso or green onion soups, and at a dollar a pint(!), they’re pretty much irresistable. Tempura veggies and salad also weigh in at under five dollars each. And depending on the filling, sushi rolls come in between three and six dollars per roll. We recommend the green sushi roll with avocado and cucumber, and the Philly roll (salmon, avocado and cream cheese).
If teppanyaki is on your wishlist, you can indulge in a grilled steak and shrimp with veggies and lo mein for less than ten dollars, or a simple grilled chicken plate with veggies and fried rice for seven dollars. Hibachi’s grilled entrees are seasoned subtly to showcase one of the meal’s highlights: dipping sauces. Alongside standards like soy and sriracha hot sauce, you’ll see teriyaki, ginger and mustard concoctions.
Chinese classics like orange chicken and beef and broccoli also make the menu, but we were more interested in the Japanese options. Still, it’s good to know that the picky eater in your party can play it safe with a sweet-and-sour number, if necessary.
1438 Main Street Suite 102