7/18/2012

Mimi's Japanese Steakhouse: Simpsonville, SC

I had been to MiMi's in Simpsonville once before, but it had been about a year. I had only good memories of it on that occasion, so when it was time for a girls night out and MiMi's came up as an option for dinner, I was all about it.

The girls and I went on a Friday night around 5:15 and we were able to walk right in a get seated at the next open station. Since I have been there last, they have expanded into the area next door, only with tables and not Hibachi stations. It can get busy, so this is a good option for those who want Hibachi style food (or sushi) without waiting for a personal chef. We waited only a few minutes and had another couple join our station and then our chef for the evening arrived.

If you have never done Hibachi, it is a fun experience. The chefs play to the crowd and make different creations with the food (onion volcano, flaming angel, etc) and even cook some shrimp up ahead of time and toss it to each person and see if they can catch it in their mouth. They get folks involved in the experience and that is what makes it so fun. I mean honestly, when a chef butterflies and cooks a shrimp and then bounces it around with a spatula while singing, "I like to move it, move it"...who can help but laugh???

With your meal you get a bowl of soup (basic broth), a salad with your choice of ginger, creamy or vinaigrette dressing, hibachi style vegetables, fried rice and then whatever meat you order (choices of chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops or a combination of 2 or 3).
I ordered a combo of steak and shrimp shown below). As you can see, my plate is completely stuffed full of delicious food. This was the first time I had ordered steak (a NY strip cut) and I can say that I won't do that again. It was decent, but quite fatty in my opinion. I will stick to shrimp or perhaps add scallops as I did previously. I have not tried the chicken but would like to do that on my next trip, just to see how it is.

The veggies are amazing...broccoli, onion, squash, zucchini, carrots, peas. The rice is nice as well. They toss, turn, spin and have fun with the eggs right in front of you during the creation of this delicious fried rice.

Although the food is good, most of Hibachi is about the experience. It is fun to interact with the chef and the others at your station. The more you are involved, the more fun it will be. If you like this sort of food and like to be social, I definitely recommend MiMi's. If you aren't so social, I still recommend it as they now have tables that aren't at Hibachi stations. And they have Sushi and other Asian fare to satisfy your tastes. The service is good, the food is good...it is a fun atmosphere. What more could you want???
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