The brand-new Tokyo Steak & Sushi restaurant in Katy (22762 Westheimer Parkway, 281-391 8833) is really two different restaurants in one. In the front, there's a sushi bar, a conventional bar with cocktails, wine, beer and sake, and regular tables. But toward the back, there's a much larger area where every table has a hibachi grill in the center, where a chef will cook your meal to order while entertaining you and your party. (If it sounds a lot like Benihana, it's supposed to).
Owner Karen Ghen tells the Press that she "wanted to bring something very special to Katy. I did everything myself - the design of the place, the menu, picking the chef and staff, everything." When asked if she has prior experience in the biz, she replies with a firm "no." But, she says, "I hired chefs with lots of experience".
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In addition to an extensive menu with more than 60 different sushi and sashimi rolls, the chefs will prepare many off-the-menu rolls. "Just let the chefs make something for you," says Karen." A Party Box of 32 pieces of mixed rolls is more than enough for two people and an excellent representation of what the chefs can do. -- Paul Galvani