Kobé Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
Kobé is a teppanyaki-hibachi and wasabi-sushi style restaurant. I’ve eaten a number of Kobé Orlando locations, but the location in East Orlando near the corner of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial (Highway 50) is my latest Kobé experience. As one would expect, the architecture and the restaurant decor replicates both traditional and modern Japanese style.
When we entered the restaurant lobby, a friendly geisha greeted us, but the giant fish pond is what caught my attention. It’s also the main attraction for kids, who are given fish food by the staff. In addition to its sushi bar, Kobé has a full service bar, and modern dining area. We chose to eat teppanyaki-style—food cooked by a teppan chef on a heated, flat-surface grill that also doubles as a table for ten.
In addition to Sushi, Kobé offers a full range of appetizers: chicken fried rice, garlic noodles, large shrimp, sea scallops, crab cakes, shrimp tempura, krab rangoon, goyza dumplings, vegetable egg rolls, and terriyaki chicken wings. Entrées include steak, shrimp, chicken, scallops, lobster, and combination dishes. Kobé also offers low sodium and low-fat options; and, early bird, children, and senior menus.
We started with the Shrimp Tempura appetizer, which turned out to be wonderful but too much food. The shrimp was fresh and delicious; I could have made a meal just of this dish. We ordered the Steak and Lobster combination plate too. Like all dinner entrées, our dinner started with a tasty Japanese Clear Onion Soup, followed by a lick-the-bowl-clean Crisp Ginger Salad. The teppan chef arrived while we were eating the salad (and lapping up every drop of ginger dressing), and prepared the grill. While grilling the Fresh Oriental Vegetables, Grilled Noodles, and Sizzling Fried Rice that accompanies all entrées, the chef entertained us by showing off his knife skills while telling corny jokes.
The steak was tender and cooked perfectly; the lobster was succulent. The grilled vegetables, noodles, rice, lobster, and steak was more than enough for the two of us to share (yet we didn’t). I took most of mine dinner home and heated it up for lunch the next day. There was no room for dessert although they do offer chocolate lava cake, fried ice cream, pineapple upside down cake, fried cheesecake, and Mochi (Japanese ice cream). You receive a free cupcake on your birthday, too.
Kobé has its menu online, but it doesn’t include prices. If memory serves me correctly, appetizers range from $5.95-$9.99, excluding sushi. Dinner entrées range from $17.99-$30.00, or more if you upgrade your steak from sirloin to filet. Kobé offers specials and reduced prices on both its happy hour and early bird menu.
The quality and amount of food, the service, and the showmanship of the teppan chef is for me definitely worth many return visits. I highly recommend you visit Kobé at least once. You won’t be disappointed, and I bet you return. Sign up for the Kobé rewards program if you may visit often.