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Four Seasons Steak House

By: David Knickerbocker

Date Posted: 2001-12-13

Dining at a teppanyaki restaurant is like going to a comedy club and being served by the performer. For those of you who have never eaten at a teppanyaki restaurant, this style of cuisine consists of a Western-style dish of cubed steak or seafood, bread or rice, some vegetables and a cup of coffee or tea. What makes these restaurants memorable is that each group of people at a table has their own chef, who puts on quite a performance while cooking the meal to desired preferences.

Whereas at a yakiniku restaurant the customer cooks the food at his or her own table, at teppanyaki restaurants the chef stands at the table and cooks while customers watch. He or she also puts on an often-humorous performance of slicing vegetables, juggling salt and peppershakers, and telling jokes. Even if you can't speak Japanese, the humor is easily understood. Teppanyaki restaurants are quite popular with both foreigners and locals alike.

Four Seasons Steak House has been in business since 1972 and is one of the most popular chains of teppanyaki restaurants on Okinawa. There are a variety of beef and seafood meals to choose from, starting in price from ¥1,650 per meal. A children’s menu is also available.

I chose the tenderloin medium-size steak set, costing ¥1,950. The meal was more than adequate, and I left the restaurant feeling just full enough but not in the least uncomfortably stuffed. If you're craving seafood, the restaurant offers lobster, prawns and shrimp, or you can get a mixed set including both steak and seafood. Drinks are affordable, with beer costing ¥500 and soft drinks ¥200 per glass. If you'd rather have red wine with your steak, the house wine costs ¥350 per glass or ¥1,000 per bottle, and there are many other wines to choose from at varying prices. The restaurant also serves tropical drink cocktails for only ¥350.

The restaurant recently opened two new party rooms at their Hamby Town location with space for 32 people, room enough for a memorable birthday party or organizational meeting. The rooms were finished two weeks ago, one being Japanese style and the other Western. A Japanese garden outside adds a nice touch to the new rooms.

As a whole, Four Seasons has a clean, dignified appearance, and the mood lighting and quiet music sets the atmosphere for fine dining and conversation. There are currently Four Seasons restaurants in Hamby Town and near Kadena Gate 2 Street. Reservations are recommended, so be sure to call in advance. You can also rent the new rooms for your own private party. Call the Hamby Town restaurant at 926-1329. Free parking is available in front of the restaurant, but if this lot is full, ask the staff and they will tell you about another free parking area nearby. Four Seasons is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Treat yourself to a delicious meal while the chef puts on a show just for you.

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