The term “hibachi restaurant” is used referring to Japanese cuisine when a chef performs the cooking in front of the diners, typically with theatrical flair—such as lighting a volcano-shaped stack of raw onion hoops on fire. Hibachi-style restaurants are a rare thing in Moscow. But if you have a penchant for that particular dining, look no feather then Haute Living guide to the top hibachi restaurants in Russian capital.
1 Benihana Restaurant
When the first Benihana opened in 1964, the idea of having a chef prepare a meal at your table was completely unheard of. Blending exotic Japanese dishes with a dazzling chef’s performance was recipe for success for Benihana. Today it is a very famous chain of restaurants that has over 70 outlets worldwide. With chefs cooking your food on a teppan right at your table, Moscow’s Benihana also offers a wide selection of sushi, salads and soups. They make a good show of preparing drinks too.
2 Sumosan Restaurant
Sumosan is a highly acclaimed Japanese restaurant in Moscow, revered by true connoisseurs of Japanese cuisine. Dishes are made with fresh ingredients and served in accordance with national Japanese traditions, and guests have the option to select dishes which are then cooked at their table, providing a spectacular and interactive culinary show. The Modern Japanese interiors provide a sophisticated yet relaxed environment and the high level of service and attentive management coupled with the sensational cuisine ensure guests the ultimate in dining experiences.
3 Yoko Restaurant
Yoko is a modern Japanese restaurant with a traditional Japanese interior, with views of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. What makes Yoko special is its fish dishes, for which it flies in fresh product twice a week straight from a Tokyo market. The restaurant is designed in a traditional Japanese minimalist style with the teppan as a centrepiece.
4 Nedalny Vostok Restaurant
The interior of this restaurant was done by Japanese designers and everything here is astonishing from ceiling to large glass scaffolding. The restaurant’s open kitchen was specially built a step down from the dining room so that guests stand on the same level as the cooks and can observe them at work. The kitchen serves pan-Asian food. Kamchatka crab, caught in the waters around Sakhalin, plays a key role on the menu. It is prepared in a wok and served with various sauces, included in salads, cold and hot appetizers, rolls, and soups.
5 Nobu Restaurant
This place hardly needs introduction. Nobu is one of the hottest dining destinations in Moscow. Whether you have carvings for hibachi-style cooked dishes or traditional Japanese sushi, the restaurant deserves a visit in any case.
Bolshaya Dmitrovka street, 20, +7 495 645 3191, www.noburestaurants.ru