Tokyo Sushi Buffet Hibachi & Bar leaves no doubt in a diner's mind as to what they have to offer. The name says it all.
While some restaurants are all buffet or sushi or hibachi grill, Tokyo manages to combine all these different things into one restaurant, with the added perk of having a full service bar available.
Edison Chen, 32, is the manager of this newly built franchise. He worked at the Tokyo in Deptford and was asked to manage this outlet, so he knows the ropes.
"Our concept is different," Chen says.
Hibachi grill is Chinese in origin and sushi is Japanese.
"We sell mostly seafood and Japanese food," Chen says.
Somehow, they all peacefully coexist under one roof.
The hibachi chef is at the center of the hibachi experience. Hibachi chefs do a lot for show.
Chen himself worked as a hibachi chef for three years, learning the art from more experienced practitioners of the art. Standard hibachi "tricks" including the volcano and the juggling of raw eggs, forks and spatulas are all intended to entertain and elicit a laugh from the "audience."
But, bottom line, the food has to taste good, too. Chen makes sure of that by using quality ingredients in everything they serve.
Three hibachi stations, with two grills each, seat approximately 16 to 18 diners comfortably around the perimeter, giving every diner a front-row seat to all the action.
The buffet at Tokyo is different, too. It all has to do with the quality and care that goes into each dish.
A stroll around the buffet line reveals an amazing array of appetizers and entrees to choose from.
Salt and pepper crab, shrimp or fish, teriyaki squid, stir-fried bok choy, chicken teriyaki, BBQ spare ribs, stir-fried string beans, mussels with sake sauce, baby clams with sake sauce, whole red snapper and tempura vegetables are on display. All dishes have a fresh look and are presented in small amounts that are replaced frequently.
Other items available include appetizers such as spring rolls, gyoza and leek dumplings. Seafood starters include steamed shrimp and clams on the half shell.
A salad bar includes lettuces, along with seaweed salad, crab salad, octopus salad, kimchi and tofu.
The very adventurous diner will head for the pot of chicken feet or salty offal.
For the picky eater in the family, Tokyo offers recognizable Chinese dishes including chicken and broccoli, Asian chicken or hibachi noodles, and American favorites such as fried chicken wings or macaroni and cheese.
The chefs at Tokyo will cook your steak to temperature. It won't be just any steak.
Japanese-style steak is made from certified Black Angus beef.
The weekend buffet includes jumbo crab legs and lobster. That is why you may pay a few dollars more at Tokyo.
The quality and selection makes the price a true bargain.
Beverages are extra and extra special.
While the kids will love a mango bubble tea or a strawberry smoothie, for more adult pleasures, Chen suggests a Mango martini ($8) made with Three Olives mango vodka, mango puree and mango schnapps, or the Tokyo Tea ($8), along the lines of a Long Island iced tea, made with vodka, rum, gin, tequila, Midori, triple sec and sour mix.
Happy hour runs 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and weekends 8 to 10 p.m. $2 imported and domestic bottled beer is available plus 25 percent off cocktails and wine.
Something for everyone is an understatement at Tokyo Sushi Buffet Hibachi & Bar.
Extra special sushi
The sushi at Tokyo is a step above the typical buffet sushi bar. Beautifully presented, Tokyo's sushi matches the quality of the best sushi bar in the area in quality and in choice.
Colorful pictures on Facebook will give you some idea of the scope and beauty of the sushi at Tokyo.
"We have every kind of special roll that you can order from a sushi restaurant - but all-you-can-eat," Chen says.
Expect the Red Dragon roll and the spicy tuna to be there every day, but according to the whim of the chef on duty, others change daily. That means 50 different items on display, made in front of you, with seven to 10 special rolls created each day.
Tokyo Sushi Buffet
Hibachi & Bar
WHERE: 2300 Wrangleboro Road, Suite 500, Consumer Square Shopping Center, Mays Landing
WHEN: Open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch Mondays to Fridays; noon to 3 p.m. lunch Saturdays and Sundays. Dinners: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
HOW MUCH: Lunch buffet Mondays to Fridays $10.99; Saturdays and Sundays $13.99. Dinner buffet Mondays to Thursdays $17.99; Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays $19.99. Children: 5 feet and under half-price; 4 feet and under $3.99 lunch, $5.99 dinner; 2.5 feet and under free. A la carte appetizers range in price from $3.95 to $8.95; soups $2.95 to $5.95; salads $3.95 to $7.95; sushi bar appetizers $6.95 to $8.95; regular rolls or hand rolls $4.95; sushi entrees $12.95 to $39.95; special rolls $8.95 to $13.95; entrees of Asia $9.95 to $22.95. Hibachi entrees: $12.95 to $27.95; hibachi combination dinners: $19.95 to $34.95. Children's hibachi dinners: $9.95 to $10.95.
SERVICES: Major credit cards accepted. Liquor license. Disabled access through front door. Eat in. Takeout. Private parties. No catering. Kid's menu. No smoking.
MORE INFO: Call 609-484-8881 or go to TokyoNJ.com or Facebook
BETWEEN YOU AND ME: If you have a party of 10 or more who make a reservation for karaoke, you can get 25 percent off bar drinks, sushi and anything ordered from the kitchen. Individual crooners pay $9.99 each, receive the same discounts and must also have a reservation. Tokyo does all the work for you. You don't even have to carry a tune.