Based on CH Becky's rec, this Saturday we had a Sweet 16 birthday party for my daughter at Osaka. Since there were a bunch of teens involved, I figured Hibachi tables (we needed 2) would be preferable to the sushi bar or traditional room. Good choice for us.
The "teen table" had a chef who was very animated, flamed an onion (I think with vodka), played with his knives, flpped them broccoli, and sang "Who Let The Dogs Out." Our chef (at the "grown up table") was more subdued and silently prepared filet mignon, chicken, shrimp, lobster tail and swordfish like a whirling dervish.
The hibachi dinners came with a clear soup, salad, rice and veggies, which were fine. The meats and fish are prepared on the grill with a little bit of soy and a lot of butter. And while not authentically Japanese, everything was of a good quality and enjoyed by all. No one sampled the sushi, but the bar looked very good and tables near us were happily indulging. Ginger ice cream was creamy and had nice flavor.
In advance, I asked if the restaurant would let us bring in a cake, and they agreed (we also brought in balloons). They put candles in the cake, brought it out, sang Happy Birthday and gave us plates and a knife--at no extra charge.
The price, including tax and tip ran about $28.00 per person including soft drinks and some specialty house drinks.
Although Hibachi style Japanese is not haute cuisine...it can really be fun, especially at a quality spot like Osaka.