Report Card: Genji Japanese Steakhouse

Genji's -- home of the Yum Yum sauce

Genji’s — home of the Yum Yum sauce

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Overall GrubGrade A-

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade A:  If you walk into Genji Japanese Steakhouse and are confused by the décor, then there is something seriously wrong with you.  Everything on the inside of Genji’s practically screams “I’m Japanese.”  From the dark wood to the prints on the wall, Genji’s definitely is up front with its heritage.  Table spacing is moot due to the cooking style, but since we were doing a lunch thing the place was fairly empty.  We’ve been to Genji Japanese Steakhouse a dozen times, and there is always an upscale vibe associated with the place.  It was quiet and clean, and that’s about all you can ask for with this type of restaurant.

High marks:  Appropriate décor, clean, quiet

Low marks:   Cooking style requires you to dine with strangers (not very romantic)

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Service:  Grade B:  The service at our lunch at Genji’s was good.  It is a little unfair to grade Genji’s on service because the Japanese steakhouse theme means limited interaction with the server and a lot of interaction with the chef/cook.  We got our drinks and courses in a timely fashion, and the meal progressed with the appropriate pace for this style of dining.  Overall, this was good, but not spectacular, service.

High marks:  Accurate, good service

Low marks:   Nothing spectacular about service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A:  While the food grade is always important, it is especially so when rating a Japanese steakhouse.  That’s because no matter which one you go to, the show is almost always the same – lots of flame and at least one volcano made from an onion.  In that regard, Genji Japanese Steakhouse is similar to the rest of the Japanese steakhouses, but where it whips everyone else is on food.  Katina ordered shrimp and chicken and I ordered steak and chicken, with both of us opting for extra rice.  Everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection, and with a seemingly unlimited supply of yum-yum sauce (it is so good you have to say it twice) you will not find a better Japanese steakhouse in Columbus.  Onions, mushrooms, salad, and fried rice were all prepared to perfection.  I really don’t care much for mushrooms, but these were so good I ate them all.  Since we were doing a lunch thing and Katina had to go to work after, we abstained from any alcoholic beverages and stuck with raspberry iced tea.  But we can tell you from experience that the mixed drinks at Genji’s are quite excellent.

High marks:  All of the food        

Low marks:   Same basic show during meal preparation

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Value:  Grade A+:  We left stuffed, and didn’t break the bank doing so.  Enormous portion size (we both left with doggie bags) and excellent quality and a completely reasonable price is why Genji Japanese Steakhouse scored this high.  But remember, this was lunch.  Dropping by for dinner and adding a couple of grown up drinks to the mix can drive the price up, so be careful.  The bottom line is that if you are a fan of the Japanese steakhouse style of cooking/dining, then Genji’s should be the standard by which you measure all other establishments.  We anxiously await the Genji to Go spin off to open soon nearby so we can enjoy their excellent food all the time.

High marks:   Generous portion size and superior quality

Low marks:  Dinner service with drinks can get pricey

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