Tonight we ate at Katsura... Teppanyaki table for 8. I have never sat at one of these tables at this restaurant, but have tried the upstairs sushi bar (excellent quality, no nonsense sushi) as well as the dining room on different occasions.
I was a bit disappointed with the lack of service we got at the table. Our waitress never checked our drinks and we had to flag her down for everything. I hate that.
The chefs that prepared our meal at the table were very nice and capable, but seemed either quite shy or green. They seemed a bit shaky... other tables had quite gregarious, theatrical chefs. Luck of the draw I suppose.
My husband ordered 'Kobe Cut' beef. Don't fall for it. It's not Kobe beef - just a sirloin. Not even a great one at that. At $36 I admit I was suspicious. But this was Katsura! The Japanese consulate eats here! They wouldn't do that to us... would they?? The lobster tails were the best part of the teppanyaki meal, but then again they are difficult to mess up.
The table shared some appetizers which were very good and prepared in the kitchen. The calamari were tender and huge, the duck breast succulent and perfectly cooked (medium) and the grilled king crab legs a hit.
The sushi that came with our combinations was wonderful. Ditto the miso soup. My suggestion would be to stick to the sushi bar and kitchen items if you are planning a visit to Katsura.
Dessert was interesting... a crepe (a crepe?!) flambe with bananas and berries with green tea ice cream. The homemade sorbet my husband had was excellent.
8 people... $500 before tip.