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Hibachi and Sushi Buffett:
Tokyo Style
by Matthew Hayden

japanese foyerLet me start by saying I really donít prefer buffets to an ala carte menu. Itís just a personal choice, mainly due to the fact that I always end up in a food coma. However, in the world of buffets, there is definitely a sliding scale of culinary opportunities. Well, I would have to say that Tokyo Hibachi & Sushi Buffet in Deptford is the Mt. Everest of buffets. I donít even know where to begin. Itís like being in FAO Schwartz, for the first time. Itís quite overwhelming! Now, the reality is that a lot of families frequent these establishments, and for good reason. The kids have a blast! Every food group is represented, and it is truly quite impressive.

Whether you order ala carte, hibachi style, or from the buffet, you are certain to satisfy all of your epicurean expectations. For starters, they have all your favorite Asian Specialties, featuring Mango Chicken or Shrimp, sautťed in a spicy mango puree and served with Asian vegetables. Another classic is the Coconut Chicken or Shrimp, which has a crispy fried coconut glaze accompanied by a spicy mayonnaise sauce. My third choice would have to be the traditional Japanese Seafood Bird Nest, a shellfish combo sautťed in a tantalizing black pepper sauce served in a Taro Bird Nest, just to name a few.

Letís venture to the Sushi and Sashimi Station, where if your passion issushi japanese fish, your ship has just rolled in. The selection is never ending and they will customize any desire you might have. The key to this Sushi Lounge is that they put out small batches to keep the delicacies fresh and to ensure your satisfaction. The Chefís Special Rolls are a dream, and a couple you must try are the Halloween Roll, spicy Tuna, Caviar, scallions, and avocado wrapped with seaweed that is fried to a crisp, topped with spicy mayo and sweet teriyaki sauce. The Hot Roll, is a deep fried roll with Whitefish, Tuna, Salmon, and Crabmeat with a hint of cheese. But my favorite would have to be the Red Lobster Roll, spicy chunks of lobster meat with cucumber topped with tuna tartar and crunchy Tobiko served with a spicy Kabatoki sauce. It is just outstanding! Now for you purist out there, you can expect a plethora of Sashimi choices. Yellowtail and White Tuna, Salmon and Smoked Salmon, live Oyster and Clam, Grilled Eel, and the list goes on and on.

sushi4Letís try to cover some of the other stops along the way, such as the Soup Kitchen which includes Nabe Yaki  Udon Noodle Soup, Tempura Udon Noodle Soup, Seafood and Rice, and Seaweed Tofu Soup. In addition, there was also a lengthy selection of deep fried Seafood and Vegetable Tempura as well as, an entire Teriyaki Menu.

For you weight watchers, there is an entire Grill Station where you can customize your order, and choose from assorted vegetables, seafood, meat and skewers. The establishment has thought of everything! But the Holy Grail of them all would have to be the Dim Sum Cart, which was a major surprise along this culinary trail. Honestly, I could have spent the entire evening sampling all the amazing little steamed pockets of goodness. The Dumpling selection was sinful. Steam Pork and Shrimp Dumplings, Steam Chicken and Vegetable Gyoza, Beef Negimachi, and Steamed Edamame. To complement the entire line-up, was a delectable group of hot dipping sauces.

japansese ice creamRounding out the evening would be the dessert counter, where the kids can make their own Sundaes and customize them any way they want. For the adults, the fresh fruit selection is abundant and so are the pastries and ice cream. Finally, we end this tour of duty with the Hibachi Tables, which thankfully I donít have to go into too much detail. There is a big selection of entrees, which includes soup, salad, and fried rice.

The evening overall was a homerun, but donít expect any real ambience or romance, that might be the only downside. The service was great, and the staff was extremely attentive. They really never slow down. Another bonus is that this is a BYOB, which is very rare, with Hibachi Style Restaurants.

Visit their website at: http://www.tokyohibachi-sushibuffet.com/  or call to make a reservation for large parties at 856.848.8289.

hayden 2Matthew Hayden is new to the writing scene. He grew up in Pitman, attended Rutgers and has spent the last 25 years in North Jersey and New York, entertaining, networking, and hosting events.

He is on the Board of the EFSNJ at Rowan and is a committee member of the NJBA and BLSJ. He has spent most of his life in the restaurant business in one capacity or another.

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