Price range: Appetizers $1.25 to $3.50; dinners from $7.95 for a vegetable selection to $12.95 for filet mignon; children's dinners $5.95 and $6.95.
Atmosphere: Pleasant, relaxed; family-style dining.
Hours: 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Reservations: A good idea on weekends.
Credit cards: All major.
Special facilities: Free parking in the building in the evening; half a block from the Rosslyn Metro station; accessible to the handicapped at the street-level entrance, but basement level has a step up at the elevator.
Whenever our family has a special occasion to celebrate, there's one place the children invariably want to go -- The Japanese Steak House.
The children adore its food and atmosphere. The tab might be a bit rough on the family budget, but the restaurant is worth a visit as a once-in-a-while treat.
The Japanese Steak House features hibachi and teppanyaki cooking, and there are separate dining rooms for each. If you have a preference, tell the waitress before you are seated.
At the front of the restaurant is the hibachi room where food is charcoal-broiled at the table.On the theory that once you've found a good thing, you should stick with it, we always head for the teppanyaki area.
A brazier is set into the center of the teppanyaki table, and the food is cooked here. A word of warning. The metal grill can get very hot, so if you are dining with children, you may have to watch to make sure that no tiny fingers get burned. Also, the heat from the grill, while nice on a freezing evening, can be unconfortable if you are too warmly dressed.
On the teppanyaki menu, choices of entrees are beef, chicken, seafood, various combinations of these or a vegetarian dinner. Prices for steak run the highest, at $12.95 for sirloin or filet mignon. The combination dinners, such as beef, chicken and scallops, are $10.95. All the dinners come with soup, vegetables, rice, tea and dessert. The most expensive concoction is "the Fuji experience," $17.95, basically the steak dinner with appetizers, plum wine and hot sake added.
Children have a choice of various combination dinners, $5.95, or filet mignon, $6.95.
The meal starts with egg drop soup, a nicely flavored broth that is not too salty. After the soup has been served, the chef begins to prepare the main courses on the already heated grill. First come the vegetables -- mounds of onions, green peppers, bean sprouts and mushrooms. These are placed, covered, on the brazier to steam and then are arranged in neat piles in front of each diner. Seafood and bits of boned chicken breast are cooked next, and finally the beef -- all cut into bite-sized pieces.
While the meat and vegetables are sizzling, bowls of rice, soy sauce and green tea are brought. There are no plates. The food is placed in front of each diner on the brazier where it stays hot, ready to be picked up with chopsticks.
Our family sampled beef, chicken, shrimp and scallops. The beef was wonderfully tender and cooked exactly to order. The chicken, shrimp and scallops were nicely seared outside and juicy and tender inside. We noticed that the children's portions were as generous as the adults'.
Dessert was tangerine sherbet with mandarin orange slices. Light and refreshing, it was the perfect ending to the meal.
The bill for the four of us was $48, which included a 15 percent tip added by management.