I ate at a authentic Japanese steakhouse in Las Vegas. Ever since I have searched for a restaurant which could match the tradition, fun, and overall experience.
On first glance of Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC, you think this restaurant is upper class, but the location tells otherwise. Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC is located at the end of a dated strip mall. Not the most appealing location for someone seeking a higher end customer or a tourist who generally spends money freely.
The inside looks similar to a small warehouse, but the décor is good. I expected Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC to have the hibachis at every table. I was wrong. It wasn’t until another group entered the restaurant did I notice they were seated at a table with a hibachi. We were never offered a table with a hibachi.
The music playing throughout Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC was a mix of current and traditional oriental music. This choice added to the atmosphere of the restaurant.
Wait Staff and Menu
Our waitress was kind and pleasant, but not attentive to our needs as guests. Once other customers entered the establishment, she gave them more attention. The other guests were in parties less than four. Our party was six. She appeared to be overwhelmed with the business on this particular day. Unfortunately, we received poor service.
The menu had combination of specialty sushi as well as tradition meals prepared in the form of combo plates. If we had not eaten sushi prior to our visit, we would have been confused. The waitress failed to explain the proper procedure in ordering sushi.
A positive note was the inclusion of a children’s menu to include an array of fried foods. The choices were not aligned with a Japanese steakhouse. The only item offered similar to the food the adults were eating was teriyaki chicken.
We decided to order two rolls of sushi, two kids plates, coconut shrimp, and grilled chicken teriyaki. All of the dishes were served with a salad and soup.
When the salad arrived at the table, it consisted of a handful of lettuce strewn in a bowl with an over abundant amount of ginger salad dressing. The lettuce was wilted and not crisp. The miso soup was extremely salty as if salt was added to the broth. This began the revelation of small portions.
The sushi was excellent. We watched the chef prepare the rolls and could taste the dedication to his craft. The coconut shrimp consisted of three jumbo shrimp which was overcooked and an ice cream scoop of rice. The chicken teriyaki was similar, one piece of chicken, maybe 2-3ozs and a scoop of rice. The portions were so small; we had to give the majority of the adult’s food to our children.
If you are going to expect an inexpensive meal, Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC is not the place to go. We spent of $60 on our meal. Based upon portions alone, the meal had a value of maybe $30-$40.
Not appropriate for larger parties
Expensive considering the portion size
Aside for the atmosphere and the sushi, dining at Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC was a truly bad experience. The service was mediocre and the food was even worse. I would not recommend dining at Tengu Japanese Steakhouse Southport, NC to anyone, unless they were looking for a good sushi restaurant.