I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by this place to get yet another $5 Little Caesers pizza just a few stores down. Let’s face it. We have all done it, especially those with families, because it’s fast, easy, and cheap. Each one of those times I’ve looked over and wondered to myself if this place was any good. This past week I was referred by two close friends to give it a try. One friend on the merits of their Chinese food, and the other friend, fresh off my inauguration into the Sushi lovers club, on the merits of their sushi. I tried a little bit of both today, and came away quite impressed.
Don’t be fooled by the location. It is less than glamorous. Banzai Teppan Yaki is located in an old strip commercial mall off 5600 West in West Valley. It is just South of the K-Mart turned Sears turned K-Mart turned Sears, and last time I checked was a K-Mart and just North of an old grocery store now empty. This maybe one of the reasons I haven’t tried it, but I would advise you not to judge a book by its cover. Banzai Teppan Yaki is definitely a diamond in the rough.
Banzai offers both Chinese and Japanese offerings. Inside you will find a modestly sized dining room and a sushi bar up against the South wall.
I’ve had some great pot stickers it seems this Spring. Banzai Teppan Yaki was no exception. There was just enough pot to go along with the sticker in these delicious dumplings. I personally like the pot stickers that have a little crisp and crunch to them, but are amply stuffed on the inside. I was very happy with these.
I brought my son along with me to try some sushi, but just in case he didn’t like it, I wanted to get something I knew he could fall back on. I ended up eating half of his salmon with him. The teriyaki sauce was awesome, but the salmon was slightly over-cooked. I didn’t try the veggie assortment it came with.
My first roll of the night was the Philadelphia Roll. One great thing about Banzai is they have a dine-in special where every roll priced under $10 is half off. That means between my Philly and California roll, I only paid $10 bucks. This roll was pretty straight forward and tasty. I actually liked it without the soy and wasabi it came with. My son ended up having 3 pieces himself.
The California Roll above was fairly close in to the Philly, but with crab salad instead of salmon. I liked the Philly Roll a bit more than the California.
This roll was the absolute champion of the meal, and actually one of the better pictures I’ve ever taken on this blog. It has shrimp tempura which gave it a slight crunch to it, along with avocado, cucumber, crab salad topped with salmon, spicy mayo, tobiko, green onion and eel sauce. There was so much flavor in this roll, it will be something I’ll definitely go with again when I go back. Even though the Volcano Roll is $13.95 and thus doesn’t qualify for the half off special, I would still recommend getting it or any of the other specialty rolls at Banzai Teppan Yaki.
I really liked this place. The service was quick and friendly, but the they backed it up with some solid food choices. All of this in my home town of West Valley City. Thanks to Mike R. and McKay G. for the recommendation!