When one thinks of a Hibachi restaurant, one thinks of those Japanese Steakhouses where a group of diners sit around a large flat top grill and watch a Chef prepare their meal. The Hibachi Chef spins an egg on a spatula and breaks it open, as the table erupts in applause. The food is in abundance and includes rice, noodles, vegetables and some type of protein be it chicken, steak or shrimp. The meal is a big spectacle, it is more about the entertainment than the meal itself.
However, sometimes one wants all the tastings of a Hibachi grill without the onion volcanoes and the shrimp toss. Sometimes you just want to go for the food. Urban Hibachi, with two locations in the Orlando, does just that. They simply just cook the food and bring it out for you without all the show. Usually lunch is time you just want to get in and eat.
The menu at Urban Hibachi consists of sushi and Hibachi grilled fare.
My companion Chad ordered the Salmon Hibachi lunch with vegetables and white rice. You don’t quite get as much as a traditional American-Japanese Hibachi house, then again we were there for lunch as well. You have a choice of rice or noodles here, soup or salad. His salmon came out as one large piece instead of chopped up like other Hibachi places.
I had the Scallop Hibachi luncheon with vegetables and noodles. The scallops were quite large but cooked well.
I was not a fan of the noodles. They were quite oily and barely edible. Either the noodles were old and had been sitting in oil a while or the Chef just used too much oil in the cooking. Thankfully, the large scallops and the vegetables were enough to fill me up.
Both our meals also came with a choice of soup or salad, of which we both choose the latter. Nothing more than a typical salad with ginger dressing.
Other than the over-oiled noodles, no complaints on the taste of the food. It was all tasty and served little bowls of Japanese white sauce and soy sauces.
There are two locations for Urban Hibachi, one on Kirkman just north of Universal Studios and the second at the corner of Sand Lake Road and John Young Parkway near the Walmart. Both are open until 10pm Sunday through Thursdays and 10:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.