Newport >Newport Tokyo House
After having a few cocktails at the time share in Jamestown, the three of us left for Newport Tokyo House for our first visit. My experience has been Japanese steak house/entertainment cooking leaves one less than satisfied due to the somewhat miserly portions.
We arrived at our appointed hour on Friday evening and were immediately seated at the Hibachi (actually a grill) table. We were the only guests at that particular table and had an opportunity to watch the chefs at the three other tables before ordering. All were very entertaining throughout the cooking process.
We bypassed the appetizers only because generally we discover we’re never able to finish our dinner afterwards. For the first time we all ordered the same thing which was the Tokyo House Combo (Lobster tail, filet mignon, scallop) with a shrimp appetizer included. What a wonderful choice it turned out to be.
The cooking process is entertaining in itself as anyone who has been to this type of place before can attest to. Every chef went through the whole routine without shortcuts as I’ve seen in the past. It’s always fun to watch and If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself.
The meal started with a nice, simple Japanese clear soup (chicken broth and soy) followed by a perfect serving of house salad. The lobsters were spiny lobsters but were still wonderful. A couple of shrimp rounded out this “surf and turf” nicely. Squash, a bit of onion, fried egg and a Japanese noodle filled out the dish. The cooking sauces added just the right touch of flavor. All items were prepared in bites size pieces making chopsticks the way to go. Each of us had a Wasabi sauce and a soy mix for dipping. Two of us asked for extra Wasabi to kick up the sauce and make it perfect for us. As we watched the cooking of the filet we thought it cooked for a bit long since we all ordered medium rare. These chefs are pros and to our utter delight, the meat was perfectly done and literally melted in the mouth.
Green tea was the chosen drink of the evening since we had already had cocktails. It was an oddly flavored tea which seemed to have an ever so slight fishy flavor that two of us found appealing but one in our group didn’t like it at all.
Service was excellent and timely. The atmosphere is festive allowing for a truly fun experience.
For the three Tokyo House Combo dinners, green tea, and the entertainment the total came to $137 including tax and gratuity.
The menu is so extensive, a return visit might consist of ordering off the appetizer menu alone, then on to other dishes like the sushi as we return yet again. We ‘re looking forward to return visits.
Five stars across the board from all of us.
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