Many fans of Japanese cuisine love visiting Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill for the fun and delicious experience of a freshly-prepared hibachi meal. And though many appreciate the entertainment of utensils and food juggled in the air by talented chefs, few know the history behind the exciting culinary tradition. The history of hibachi is as fun and colorful as the performance art that it is known for today — read on to learn all about it!
The term “hibachi” roots back to the Japanese word “teppanyaki”, which translates to “grilling over an iron plate”. The first record of this type of heating device is from 794 AD, where they were first made up of cypress wood and clay. As metal became more available and civilization prospered, these heating devices evolved and became associated with samurais and wealthy families. However, hibachis were only used as heating devices then, such as for the use in tea ceremonies, and they were not large cooking grills yet.
There is some argument about when the hibachi grill as we know it today first came to be, but there is record that in 1945, a restaurant in Japan first made the tradition popular on a wide scale. Wowed by the knife and fire tricks, tourists to Japan were flocking to hibachi grills left and right. Eventually, the popularity of hibachi style dining made its way all across the world, including the U.S., where it has become a memorable experience for the entire family and friend group.
Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill is proud to have trained and skilled chefs to prepare your made-to-order hibachi meals. For seafood lovers, we have scallops, salmon, shrimp, and lobster for your hibachi options, fresh veggies and tofu for our vegetarian friends, as well as chicken and filet mignon. And to complete your meal, all hibachi choices are served with salad and soup.
To top things off, we also have a complete bar with an extensive sake menu that will satisfy even the pickiest of connoisseurs.
We look forward to serving you a world-class hibachi meal!