When Shogun Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi opened last year, it became the latest in a long tradition of Asian restaurants at Park City Center.
And more recently, it seemed like the perfect place for my spouse and I to relax over dinner after a Thanksgiving weekend shopping session.
When walking into Shogun from either the mall entrance (at the end of the Boscov’s mall) or the outside entrance, you’re faced with several seating options.
To the left is the spacious hibachi room, with seating around an array of flat-top grills.
To the right is the bar, with a table-service dining room adjacent to it. At the back is the sushi bar, under a tall stone wall with attractive blue lighting.
Colored lights provide a decorative flourish throughout Shogun, complementing the mix of traditional Asian and modern decor.
When we arrived at 5:30 on a Saturday afternoon, the hibachi room was already completely full – and raucous, with the sounds of clanging knives, customers laughing, and the occasional ringing of a gong – while the dining room was about one-third full.
If you opt for the hibachi room, you’ll see the expected knife-juggling, maybe an onion volcano or spinning eggs and lots of high-speed slicing and dicing. You’ll also see some airborne shrimp, and you may have the option to take a shot of sake from a little plastic squirt bottle that looks like a baby peeing.
We had dined in the hibachi room at Shogun previously, and had a great experience there. This time, though, we wanted to see what the dinner was like without the show. We opted to skip the wait and try the dining room.
We were seated immediately, and soon after were greeted by our server, who was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive throughout our meal.
The dinner menu at Shogun includes the entire hibachi menu (prepared in the kitchen rather than tableside) as well as a mix of Chinese, Japanese and Thai entrees. The large menu of sushi options ranges from traditional rolls and nigiri to unusual choices like a “pizza” of sashimi, avocado and seaweed salad atop a scallion pancake crust.
Shogun’s full bar features a menu of tropical-style cocktails and a handful of domestic, Asian and craft beers.
For appetizers, we opted for an order of the pan-fried pork gyoza ($4.95) and one of the “Shogun Signature” sushi rolls, the Mighty Zeus ($14.95).
The gyoza were delicious and delicate – a savory pork filling in paper-thin wrapping fried to just the right mix of crispy and chewy. The six gyoza were served with a tangy dipping sauce of soy, vinegar and basil.
The Mighty Zeus roll was outstanding as well. It featured seared pepper-crusted tuna inside, along with asparagus and cucumber, and was topped with a trio of raw fish (tuna, salmon and yellowtail), sliced avocado, roe and scallions. The whole thing was drizzled with a light wasabi mayo. Like the best sushi rolls, this one was an exercise in balancing flavors and textures – the richness of the peppered tuna against the light spice of the wasabi mayo; the crunch of fresh asparagus and cucumber against the buttery softness of the raw yellowtail.
We also ordered the Flaming Volcano, a two-person tropical cocktail served in a large ceramic bowl adorned with island imagery. Priced at $15, this drink features vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, amaretto, sour mix, pineapple juice, orange juice, chunks of fresh fruit and grenadine. It also includes a shot of Bacardi 151, burning away in a little ceramic volcano built into the center of the bowl.
The Flaming Volcano is Shogun’s version of the classic Scorpion Bowl, and we ordered it as a laugh, but it turned out to be quite tasty and complemented our dinners surprisingly well.
For our entrees, we chose the chicken teriyaki ($12.95) and the hibachi filet mignon and shrimp ($26.95). Both entrees came with a simple salad (lettuce, shredded carrot and creamy ginger dressing) and soup (either clear soup with mushroom and onion or miso soup with seaweed and tofu). They also included stir-fried vegetables and, with the hibachi entrée, fried rice.
Both entrees were excellent.
The filet was cooked to a perfect medium-rare, as ordered – it was clear that the steak had been grilled whole before being chopped into cubes, as the center remained red.
The shrimp were large and numerous, and the sauce for the hibachi dish was rich and savory.
The teriyaki sauce on the chicken entrée was wonderfully light – almost delicate – in contrast to the heavy versions of teriyaki served at some restaurants.
The vegetables for both entrees were cooked just right – neither raw nor soggy.
The portions at Shogun are large enough that we really didn’t need dessert – but after I saw tempura fried ice cream ($4.95) on the menu, I decided to order some anyway. My spouse joined in, ordering the adorable gelato bear ($5.50) – a scoop of chocolate gelato adorned with white and dark chocolate eyes and ears.
The fried ice cream was great – the tempura batter was crispy on the outside and nicely doughy on the inside, with just the right amount of hot fudge drizzled on top. The gelato was good, too – tasty without being overwhelmingly sweet.
By the end of the meal, we were thoroughly relaxed, thoroughly full and ready for another round of shopping.
And we had learned that Shogun is a great spot for dinner – even if you’re not up for the full-on hibachi show.