Any opinion on this Canadian (yep, Canadian) chain that plans to open about 600 restaurants in the US?
They just opened two in the SF Bay Area and so far the reaction hasn't been too positive from the little I see on the web ...
""My coworkers and I braved it for lunch and were not impressed. Their whole shtick is that they cook food on teppanyaki tabletop grills in front of you, and that the food is healthy (Live Right, Eat Right! tm). The veggies are great but the meat is cooked in water not oil, and tastes like you think it would taste - boiled meat with some good teriyaki sauce on top "
A few other reports elsewhere thought the teriyaki sauce was too sweet.
More about the chain (not how the food itself tastes though) from a local newspaper
"Teriyaki Experience's menu includes teriyaki rice bowls, yakisoba noodle dishes, salads, wraps and sushi. The dishes will feature protein options of chicken, beef, tofu, shrimp and fish."
Reading that article, I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. The company thinks that the US is open to food from other ethnicities. On one hand, maybe it will expose people who might not otherwise eat Japanese food to that cusine so they might consider the neighborhood mom and pops.
On the other hand, it might take business away from those small, local restaurants.
I guess it just is about whether the food tastes good or not ... does it?
In addition to Canada, they have locations in Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Italy and Costa Rica ... but not Japan.
Seems the US headquarters is in Scottsdale.
Made In Japan Teriyaki Experience
7420 E Mary Sharon Drive, Scottsdale, AZ