For close to ten years, we have had a big family outing at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. The reason is because it’s my niece’s birthday and that’s where she’s always wanted to go. We’ve gone so long that it’s become tradition and one dinner she always looks forward to.
8760 W 21st N., Wichita, KS 67205
Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9pm
Friday: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday: 4:30pm – 10pm
Sunday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Kobe is a traditional Japanese steakhouse. But for the uninitiated who have never been, your meals are prepared right in front of you at a Teppanyaki table by a chef. It’s like a mini-show with humor and deliciousness.
Most meals are accompanied by hibachi vegetables, soup, salad, steamed or fried rice, hot green tea, and sherbet dessert.
In the world of dining, I think this soup and salad combination is one of the most underrated in town. Sidenote: you can purchase the ginger dressing that comes with the salad, which is also highly recommended. That stuff is addictive.
After the salad and soup, it’s on to the hibachi food.
Part of the allure is having the food cooked in front of you. The chefs are truly talented and the kids always enjoy watching everything go down. The choo-choo train, the volcano of onions, the fake ketchup bottle, the smiley face of oil that’s lit on fire and the tossing of the shrimp is something they’ve seen time and time again, but it NEVER gets old.
Over the years, we’ve had everything from the steak, calamari, scallops, chicken, and filet. The fried rice has become a huge favorite of the family. Yes, it’s not the healthiest, but does that matter?
Usually, the kids order the chicken meals while the adults go with a mix of steak, shrimp, scallops and more. We’ve never had a problem with the food or service. Every visit has been consistent and one we even make outside of birthdays. Here’s a sampling of what we recently had.
After dinner is over, all diners are treated to complimentary hot tea and sherbet. Every now and then, we’ll splurge on cake too.
There are a few Japanese steakhouses in town and while they are good in their own right, Kobe’s has a soft spot in our hearts due to the kid’s birthday tradition. We’ll always go there at least once or twice a year.
Here’s the menu:
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