Sizzlin’ Steak to Volcanic Onions: Japanese & Brazilian Steakhouses

By: Toni Cunningham | July 25, 2014
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Carnivores are to steakhouses as bees are to honey. They just can’t get enough! Since I’ve already imparted several articles’ worth of wisdom upon you regarding steakhouses of the Metro Detroit area, I decided it was time to switch things up a bit.

If you’re a steak fan, instead of heading to a traditional steakhouse this weekend, why not try a Japanese steakhouse or a Brazilian one? Perhaps you’re thinking something along the lines of, “Well, that sounds great, but I simply don’t know of any.” That’s where I come in! Allow me to recommend a handful of restaurants for you that fall into that category:

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 43750 Ford Rd., Canton, offers tableside cooking on a hibachi grill (a small charcoal-heated stove), like the rest found on this list. Hibachi dinners include everything from steak to shrimp to salmon to scallops to a combination of any of the above.

Here, the complete hibachi dinner includes two pieces of shrimp for a starter, soup, salad, hibachi vegetables and fried rice, along with your entrée choice. If you’re looking for something to order on a date, check out Ichiban for Two under “Emperor’s Combo,” a sharable entrée that includes lobster, steak, chicken and shrimp.

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Sagano Japanese Bistro & Steakhouse, 316 W. Main St., Brighton, was originally a bistro when it opened over ten years ago, then turned into a steakhouse complete with hibachi grills a few years later. The restaurant itself is now twice as big, with a menu offering hibachi chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops, salmon, calamari, swordfish and mixed vegetables.

If you’re indecisive due to multiple cravings, try one of the steakhouse combination dinners like filet mignon and calamari, lobster and scallops or steak and chicken. There are several Emperor’s Dinner choices including the Samurai (a 16 oz. USDA Choice New York strip) or Sagano Special (a 6 to 8 oz. lobster tail, 5 oz. of jumbo shrimp and 5 oz. of deep sea scallops).

Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, 1824 W. 14 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, claims to offer the freshest sushi in Detroit, and that’s not all this place has to brag about. The hibachi menu consists of over half a dozen dinner entrees including prime filet mignon, twin lobster tail, New York strip steak and scallops.

The dinner combination plates are where the menu really gets lengthy, with 16 different choices, such as the Hibachi Seafood Deluxe (with lobster, 3 oz. of scallops, a salmon filet and three shrimp). Combos are served with a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, white rice (or fried rice for an additional charge), mixed vegetables and Yakisoba Japanese noodles.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse, 45323 Market St., Utica, has both a hibachi lunch and dinner menu, full of great tasting dishes that have kept the restaurant’s customers coming back for a dozen years. Lunch choices include hibachi scallops, filet mignon, premium New York strip or several combinations.

If you find yourself out for dinner instead, your hibachi entrée of twin lobster, swordfish or chicken will be served with Japanese clear soup, house salad, hibachi vegetables, fried noodles and steamed rice. I’m willing to bet you won’t have much room left for dessert, but if that’s the case, try some Green Tea Mochi ice cream.

Miyako Japanese Steak & Seafood, 4382 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills, has an extensive sushi menu to get you started, but don’t fill up there! Hibachi dinner choices include New York strip, filet mignon, grilled snow tuna, lobster and several others. Each is served with hibachi shrimp for an appetizer, garden salad with house dressing, hibachi vegetables, hibachi noodles, soup and steamed or fried rice.

Combination entrees are available for pretty much every duo (or three piece) entrée you could fathom, including white tuna and chicken and lobster, shrimp and scallops.

Gaucho Steakhouse, 39550 W. 7 Mile Rd., Northville, is a Brazilian steakhouse, not Japanese, but is very much worthy of being included on this list. There are 16 different skewered meats to try, along with a huge salad bar and side items to go along with your entrée.

The meat menu is extensive and includes rib eye, Brazilian sausage, Costela de Cordeiro (lamb chops), frango (chicken), picanha (prime cut of sirloin) and more. All meats are cooked to your liking, as long as you let the gauchos (meat carvers) know your preference from rare, medium or medium well.

The salad bar is full of more salad items than you could possibly dream of, if that’s the kind of thing that invades your mind while slumbering. Spinach salad, potato salad, cheese bread, fried bananas, lobster bisque and tri-color tortellini are just a few of the foods you can add to your plate.

There you have it, meat eaters. You’ve now got several choices for unique steakhouses to try out this weekend, or the next time your anniversary or a loved one’s birthday rolls around. Enjoy, and I dare you to try to not overstuff yourself.