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Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003 - File 018. 2003-12-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. February 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2489/show/2477.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date December 12, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com DECEMBER 12, 2003 17 dine JA CHAPMAN Utensils clanging and shrimp flying through the air equals dinner with a hibachi chef Royal Japan Steak House sizzles LIKE A TRAINED SEAL AT MEALTIME. I dutifully sat with my mouth agape waiting to catch a shrimp tossed by our hibachi chef. Just like everyone else, 1 missed. We were sitting around a granite hibachi table at Royal Japan Steak House and Sushi Bar watching our hibachi chef cook and entertain us at the same time. Our skillful and wisecracking chef had arrived with a clang of utensils. He'd tossed an egg for the fried rice back and forth, claiming it was a "Japanese ping pong". He'd barbecued shrimp over an onion ring "volcano." He'd somersaulted bowls of rice and caught them behind his back. And now he was doing the shrimp toss. At his urging, we'd backed our chairs all the way to the wall and gamely tried to catch the shrimp. After two rounds, signs of our failure lay about us on shirts, chins, chairs and carpet. We'd never make it as seals. THE ROYAL JAPAN STEAK HOUSE AND Sushi Bar gives a good first impression. A long granite sushi bar snakes down the front dining room and bar area. Intimately lit booths line the bamboo shaded windows. It strikes a nice balance between casual and classy. Unlike the sleek front dining rooms, the hibachi rooms are well lit, with unadorned neutral walls. The ambiance is much like a bland hotel conference room. Despite the unexciting decor, we opted to try the hibachi experience. Our group of four was seated at a table for seven, with the warning that if another party arrived within ten minutes, they'd be seated with us. Our helpful waiter did his best to answer questions about the menu, but we struggled to hear each other across the hibachi table, as the room seems to have an acoustics problem. TWO OF US OPTED FOR THE STEAK and shrimp hibachi dinner ($19.95). The waiter and chef asked how we wanted our steaks prepared, but it made little difference as they were both served medium. Even so, the steak was tender and juicy. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and full of flavor, making the hibachi shrimp dinner ($16.95) an especially good deal. Two dipping sauces accompanied the hibachi dinners and sauteed vegetables rounded out the meal. The sashimi platter ($13.95) wowed us with its presentation. Nine pieces of sashimi - three salmon, three tuna and three red snapper - were artfully arranged next to a mound of grated daikon radish adorned with three skewers. Unfortunately the sashimi did not live up to appearances. A hibachi chef entertains diners with a fire show. The salmon and snapper were passably fresh, but the tuna was a gray and flabby disappointment. If these three low-end selections are the only options on the sashimi platter, then they should be the freshest of fresh. Royal Japan offers an eclectic selection of desserts. Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory sits aside sherbet, ice cream and ice cream truffles or pie. We sampled the ice cream Mississippi mud pie ($4.95), which was little more than average mocha ice cream in pie form. Service glitches were a problem. Water glasses were never refilled. A bowl was not provided for the Sashimi's soy sauce and wasabi. And the waiter knew little about the desserts, even mistakenly telling us several weren't available. While each complaint was minor, together they left a poor impression. Royal Japan shines at the entertaining hibachi tables and a reasonably priced lunch menu makes the hibachi experience more affordable. However, the quality and freshness of the sushi and sashimi is questionable at best and the service is needs work. Still, it's not every day that you get to catch your dinner in mid air. For that alone, Royal Japan Steak House and Sushi Bar is worth a try O Royal Japan Steak House & Sushi Bar 2946 S. Shepherd Houston, TX 77098 713-526-6888 www.royaljapan.com rood ■•» ft Service: WWW Value: mmm Scene: mmm r= Stay home and eat cereal mm= Well, if you really must m m m = Fine for all but the finnicky m m m m=Worth more than a 20-minute drive m m m m m =As good as you'll find in this city BEST NEW MUSICAL 2002 TONY AWARD NEW YORK. THE ROARING '20s. A SMALL TOWN GIRL IS ABOUT TO TURN THIS BIG-TIME TOWN UPSIDE DOWN! Dec. 16 FOR TICKET*: Call 7H358.TUT5 or www.tutj.com Group discount) of 15 or more (<ill 715.558.8888 Hobby Center for the Performing Arts •jgtgklrMY rteHooatooChnrtd. sterling Bank-- § Con-*!fic»I8 Sterling Bank- 3701 S. Macgregror, Medical Center Glamorous Tudor 1.2 acres on the Ravine, 4 bedrooms, {4.5 baths over 5000 square feet, custom updates, thigh ceilings, faux finishes, designer kitcher ^stainless steel appliances, mastersuite w/loftj* [Open Sunday 1-4pm. Jt/yj^s&>7-)!J3
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