Columbus >Food & Dining > Kihachi Japanese Restaurant
Tried it by chance, disappointing.. The wait staff here needs improvement. The old women need to be replaced with english speaking friendier people. The prices are incredibly high, for what is ultimately frozen fish. All the sillly people that thing these are fresh cuts off of live fish are terribly uneducated. The smug atmophere here is silly, and most definetly unexpected at this "plaza" shop. If you are impressed with fish because its name isnt tuna and salmon, and you feel better when you spend more money, then try this place. Many better options in Columbus.
Wonderful Experience!. My husband and I wanted to try something different than the "normal" Asian food so I came on here and looked around and found Kihachi. To say that I was impressed would be an understatement! The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. Took the time to answer any questions that we may have. We were seated in front of the cooking are so we were able to watch everything which was really neat. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. The restaurant is very small, seats maybe 40 - 50 people at one time, but I think that this adds the the allure of it. It was pretty pricey, with tip we ended up spending about $83, but it was well worth it!
Tasty food, poor service. Some of the appetizers were very good. They didn't seem to offer "regular" sushi -- just sashimi. The beef shashimi was excellent. The service was very slow so only go with people you can put-up with for extended periods of time.
Hands down, the best food in Columbus.
I dined at Kihachi with a large group (none of whom were Japanese). We were very well accomodated by the chef with a nine-course tasting menu. This was one of the top five meals I've had in my life after having dined in many of America's and Europe's best. It was very traditional Japanese cuisine that challenged my western palate, engaging it with wholly new flavors and textures.
The fish was of higher quality than I've seen even in plain sight of the ocean. The broths were very pure and masterfully prepared. The sashimi was devoid of the typical, cheaper filler cuts (like salmon or freshly thawed tuna) you get at most Japanese restaurants. Hamachi, toro and uni. Let's cut to the chase.
The service could be better, but I still cannot gripe. It's just that good.
If you are not belong in the high class society, they do not like to serve you nicely.
If you are not in the higher business position, like president of the company, this restaurant owner is not well come to you. If you are younger, they treat you
so badly, included with your partner. The serving time is very slow compare with such a VIP people. If you are the upper calss position in your business, they serve you faster than anybody. If you use this restaurant for not in business purpose, they serve to you different food. You can see they treat you differnt as they treat VIP.
Only for Japanese.
This is a traditional Japanese restaurant, I mean real traditional.
The menu is mostly written in Japanese with short English description.
If you don't speak Japanese, do not expect any good service.
It seems that the way the lady how serve people.
If you are Japanese and order dring/meals then it seems you will get desert and extra free food, otherwise you will wait for your food and the service.
To orde a cup of water, you should wait for the lady until she completes the job with any Japanese guys in the restaurant.
Visitors seeking an authentic Japanese dining experience will be shocked: California has nothing on Columbus..
With Honda America headquarters located in Marysville, just outside the city, the Japanese community has invested in several eateries to make them feel right at home--places where they can show visitors how it's done in Tokyo. Kihachi is one of the finest. Nothing about it is Americanized, at least not from an American point of view; instead, the almost all-Japanese clientele plays host to American guests.
Don't automatically think sushi: Only a couple of sushi items are offered nightly, but there are other interesting--if not entirely familiar--things here. The key to enjoying Kihachi is to ask polite questions but order fearlessly. Not feeling adventurous? Stick to Japanese standards like beef and chicken teriyaki, melt-in-your-mouth tender tempura or Hitokuchi Katsu, a pork cutlet dipped in rice flour breadcrumbs, deep-fried and served with a tangy dipping sauce.
WeaK sErVice. I had not expected a good services as I had heard stories about the lady owner who treated young student from asia unfairly. when I came with a few friends, there are also a group of Japanese guys in their 30s-40s in the restaurant. the lady owner treated them better than she treated us. our starters arrived Very late, while they had served lots of appetizers to the other groups. The food is no doubt amazing but very little on the amount. ONly one good thing about the restaurant, The CHEF, who is amazingly courteous.
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