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What to Expect from Your First Teppanyaki Experience

Teppanyaki is a dining experience unlike any other. Most people who go to a Japanese restaurant for teppanyaki for the first time are unsure what to expect. The first thing you can expect is to walk away from the experience excited about making plans for your next teppanyaki meal. Here is a look at what teppanyaki first-timers need to know.

You will make new friends while you eat.

At a teppanyaki meal, diners are seated around a grill on which their meals are cooked as they watch. If you go with a big group, you might have a grill to yourselves, but if you go with just a few friends, chances are that you will be seated with other parties. Because the chef entertains the group while cooking, you’ll find yourself interacting with other diners as you have your meal. Teppanyaki is a great chance to turn dinner into a social event, so be ready to make some new friends as you dine.

You will gain a new appreciation for knife skills.

One thing that diners love about teppanyaki is that the chefs truly put on a performance while they cook. The knife skills they use to slice and dice meats and veggies are amazing to watch and are the result of years of hard work and training. In addition to their knife skills, teppanyaki chefs also use their spatulas and other tools to toss, catch, and flip foods with lightening speeds. A common teppanyaki game you might experience is the chef flipping a small veggie or piece of meat into the mouth of a diner.

You will get to customize your meal to your liking.

Because your chef is cooking your meal right in front of you, you can specify every part of it, from the meat used in your dish to the veggies and spices added. You’ll also have a selection of sauces and condiments to flavor your meal to your personal tastes.

If you’ve never experienced teppanyaki, then make House of Genji part of your plans tonight. We’re here to answer your questions about teppanyaki and the rest of our menu any time. Call our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120.

Why Teppanyaki Is Perfect for Blind Dates

Whether you’ve been set up by friends or found each other on Tinder, meeting for the first time for a date is nerve-racking. To take some of the pressure off, consider planning your date for someplace fun with lots of activity going on, to help make conversation a little easier. Teppanyaki is the perfect solution for breaking the ice on blind dates.

Meeting for dinner is common on blind dates, but sitting together and trying to come up with conversation is a lot of pressure. When you opt for Japanese dining teppanyaki-style, you still get to share a meal, but you also get to enjoy the entertainment together. The showmanship of the chefs is enough to carry any lulls in conversation, and you’ll be surrounded by conversation starters, so you’ll have plenty of things to discuss.

Add a few drinks from the cocktail lounge at House of Genji, and you have all of the right ingredients for a successful blind date. Book a table for teppanyaki in San Jose by calling (408) 453-8120.

Planning Your First Visit to Shibuya

Shibuya is one of the most thriving districts in Tokyo, and it attracts visitors from all over the world. This video gives you some insight about where to go and what to see when you visit this famed Japanese neighborhood.

Shibuya is a mecca for young people and is the capital of fashion within the city. There are endless places to shop, eat, and drink, including a coffee shop you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the world that lets you walk a goat with the purchase of a drink.

To fill your craving for Japanese food in San Jose, choose House of Genji. You’ll find an extensive teppanyaki menu as well as other Japanese favorites and tasty drinks from our cocktail lounge. Find out more about our Japanese dining experience by calling (408) 453-8210.

Trader Vic vs. Don the Beachcomber: Who Really Invented the Mai Tai?

The Mai Tai is a favorite cocktail all over the world, and it is one of the most treasured drinks served at House of Genji. Who is responsible for creating this classic cocktail? The answer depends on who you ask. There are two different restaurateurs who claim that claim that they invented the Mai Tai, and their flavors are very different from each other. For today’s cocktail lounge guests, the history is less important than the classic flavor of this potent rum-based drink. Here’s a closer look at the history of the Mai Tai.

Don the Beachcomber

Don Beach was the owner of a once-popular chain of tiki-inspired restaurants in California called Don the Beachcomber. He claims to have in invented the Mai Tai in 1933 and says that Mai Tai recipes that debuted later were ripped off from his idea. The Mai Tai served by Don the Beachcomber is different from the standard Mai Tai recipe used today, and incorporated Pernod, grapefruit juice, and falernum. Because the recipe is different from today’s standard, many people dismiss Don the Beachcomber’s story today.

Trader Vic

Trader Vic is the person who usually gets credit for the modern Mai Tai. Trader Vic—also known as Victor J. Bergeron—is the owner of a California restaurant chain named Trade Vic’s. He claims to have created the Mai Tai when he had friends visiting from Tahiti. One friend is said to have explained, “Maita’i roa ae,” upon tasting the drink, which means “out of this world,” in Tahitian—and thus the name of the cocktail was decided. Trader Vic’s Mai Tai contains Oregeat, a mixture of dark and light rums, and orange Curacao.

Visit the cocktail lounge at House of Genji to sip on one of our famous Mai Tai cocktails as you muse the history of the drink. You’ll also love our Japanese steakhouse menu and teppanyaki grill. Reserve your table by calling our Japanese restaurant in San Jose by calling (408) 453-8120.

Must-See Summer Festivals in Japan

Summertime festivals are a way of life in Japan, and there are multiple festivals to see all over the country during the summer months. Lovers of Japanese dining will be excited to taste all of the foods that are popular at festivals. Exploring a festival is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture and to have a once-in-a-lifetimes experience unlike anything else in the world. If you plan to visit Japan in the summer, here are some of the festivals that you can consider attending.

Tanabata Festival

Tanabata festival is based on a myth about the gods Orihime and Hikoboshi. Legend says that they were separated by the Milky Way but are reunited each year on the seventh day of the seventh month. Tanabata translates to “evening of seven,” and as such, it often begins on July 7. However, there are some regional variations in the start date of the festival. Tanabata festival attendees write their wishes on colorful paper and suspend them from bamboo.

Obon

Obon, which is also known as the Bon festival, is one of the biggest in Japan. It is held to honor ancestors and lost loved ones. People celebrate Obon in multiple ways, including doing a dance called Bon Odori and visiting the gravesites of lost loved ones. Obon is not a national holiday, but traditionally, most people get three days or more off of work at this time to spend time with family.

Fireworks

Fireworks displays are considered to be part of summer festival season. They are often included in Tanabata and Obon, and they are also incorporated into small, local and regional festivals. Sometimes, fireworks displays themselves are the reason for community gatherings. These happen throughout the summer, all over the country.

If you have can’t make it to Japan for festival season, you can make it to House of Genji for Japanese dining at its finest. Indulge in a Japanese cultural favorite—teppanyaki—as well as hibachi and a range of other Japanese staple dishes. Find out more about teppanyaki in San Jose and our other menu items by calling (408) 453-8120.

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