Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Food is always excellent. Been here over 4 years, only once had a minor hiccup with service, and that server is no longer there. Their sushi is very good (our favorite, actually), as is the grill. Prices are more than reasonable. Even after moving away from Lawrence, wife and I still drive 1.5 hours to visit Kobe every month or so.
My wife and I were there last weekend. We got there about 5:30. They let us have our own table. Chef Keren cooked for only two of us. The soup and salad were average, but main course was really amazing. Best FIlet I ever had. The chef told me that all their steaks are freshly cut everyday. I want to give them a 5 star, definitely a good place to revisit.
I have eaten at quite a few Japanese Steakhouses in my time and I can say that this was not a great one! I am not angry nor do I want to be rude but I do want the manager/kitchen staff to know that compared to other places their food is sub-par.
The biggest complaint was the sauces, but it started with the soup. The miso was not good. I thought... uh oh... this is easy, if they messed this up...
Then the ginger salad came out. It was TERRIBLE! I didn't eat it. My friend looked at me and says... this isn't very good, is it? He didn't eat it either. The problem was the dressing...
Then the main course came. The vegetables and rice were great! I was thinking, huzzah, I can be satisfied! But the chicken was too saucy... anyways that would have potentially been the cook we had but the sauces that he gave us with the meal were, again, terrible. In fact one of them was the same unpleasant dressing that was on the salad!
I love typically sauces and usually ask for more but these tasted like they were burnt. Maybe too much mustard? Maybe it was that batch that day? I am not sure. But I was very disappointed, and I would not go here again with the many other similar establishments nearby that have similar and better food. Or at least sauces. Let me know if you fix your sauce and I will be happy to try you again! Ginger sauce should taste like... ginger... not mustard and fire. I actually described it as burning Christmas tree is what your ginger sauce tasted like.
I have attended multiple dinners here for bachelorette parties, birthdays, graduations, and just a night out with the husband. I have never had a positive experience. As stated by Edwin, in a previous review, they will not seat a party unless everyone is there. Every time we have gone, we have had a reservation, however we have never been seated on time. Usually the wait is over 30 minutes and once was an hour and a half! We've even had them seat a party without a reservation before us because we were missing one person that we knew would be late and planned to order for! In addition, all the food tastes the same whether it be salmon, chicken, steak, rice or vegetables. Definitely not worth the time or money!
The food was good. The service was strange.
We had a reservation for a group of 8, and my wife showed up with everyone but me. Despite the fact that there were several empty tables (7 pm on a Tuesday), they would not seat the group until I showed up, almost as though the dinner could not proceed without the master of the house. My wife was steamed.
But the food was good, including the sushi (always an open question at a grill). And once we were at the table, the service was OK too. We would certainly consider going back.
This restaurant has friendly servers and chefs. The sirloin steak, sauteed vegetables and fried rice were delicious. It's the best fried rice I've ever had. I would highly recommend this restaurant to family and friends. Delicious food and wonderful setting!