Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar

By Brad Meyer

It’s no secret Asian cuisine is an increasingly popular choice for dining out with friends, family or business associates; it’s healthy, delicious and affordable.

Add in the option of a fiery floorshow as your meal is prepared by specially trained hibachi chefs and you have the recipe for a memorable dining experience. It’s one of the many reasons area residents choose Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar. And not just locals ? the restaurant was the only eatery honored by the Chinese Food Culture Research Association for overall quality in the greater Houston area.

“We are especially honored to receive such recognition,” said owner Steven Xu. “It’s nice to be recognized by those who know and appreciate quality Asian cuisine.”

Indeed, Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar is a unique restaurant, offering a variety of dining experiences. Enjoy a fascinating display of tableside cooking and showmanship by a master hibachi grill chef. Or take a seat at the sushi bar and watch a master chef create beautiful and delicious sushi selections. Or relax with family or someone special in the dining area for quiet conversation.

Whatever your preference, you’re in for a unique, entertaining and enjoyable dining experience.

“We use only top quality meats, vegetables and seafood,” said Xu. “Everything is prepped, trimmed and chopped so it is at its peak of freshness for final preparation.”

And unlike most restaurants where food preparation takes place behind the scenes, Shogun offers open hibachi grills where talented chefs put on a show preparing meals for patrons sitting around the grill. The shows are fun, flashy and fiery.

“Most people enjoy the showmanship of a skilled hibachi chef working his magic on the grill,” said Xu. “It’s a unique opportunity to actually see the raw ingredients and cooking of your meal from such a close perspective.”

The grills are particularly popular for families dining with kids, as the master chefs can hold the attention of even small children with their lightning fast moves with knives, forks and spatulas. The occasional touch of fire, too, in the preparation of the meal can be mesmerizing.

“We like to bring the whole family here for birthday celebrations,” said Angela Roberts of Spring. “The kids enjoy it as much as the adults. It’s a great night out.”

For those who prefer a quieter, more intimate dining experience, Shogun offers traditional table and booth seating away from the excitement of hibachi cooking.

Whatever one’s preference, the keys to Shogun’s success are quality foods and personable service in a relaxed, friendly environment. It’s something on which Xu is focused.

“We are very committed to providing an excellent dining experience for our customers,” said Xu. “The customer is always Number One with us.”

Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar has earned a favorable reputation among diners in Conroe for more than a decade. The comfortable 6,000-square-foot restaurant offers a diverse menu of traditional and Asian specialties for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a special room for private parties and special events and can accommodate private parties of up to 200 people.

For sushi and sashimi lovers, there is a special bar where patrons can watch specially trained sushi chefs prepare a wide range of popular rolls. It’s particularly fascinating to watch a sushi chef carefully sculpt and craft seafood items and vegetables into artistic creations ? edible dragons and other exotic and innovative designs. It really is food as art.

For those who aren’t sure if they like Asian style cooking, Shogun offers familiar favorites like grilled steak and chicken.

“Some people are reluctant to try sushi because the idea of raw fish concerns them,” acknowledged Xu. “But our Shaggy Dog roll, featuring cooked shrimp tempura topped with crab, is very popular. Everybody loves our Shaggy Dog.”

For those wanting to sample more exotic fare, Shogun offers special dishes based on eel and calamari. Being daring has never been more delicious.

In addition to a daily special, Shogun offers the popular Bento Box option, featuring segmented trays with salad, fried rice, vegetable tempura, Japanese spring roll and crab puff as well as a featured entrée.

Diners can also enjoy a wide range of appetizers, specialty rolls, soups and salads, as well as traditional Asian styles of preparation like teriyaki, tempura and noodle bowls.

“Asian cooking is very versatile,” said Xu. “You can enjoy it very spicy or make it very mild ? it’s up to you.”

And to complement a great Asian style meal, Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar offers an expansive selection of domestic and imported beers and wines, including traditional sake from Japan.

“A lot of people like to enjoy a Japanese beer, like Kirin, Ichiban or Asahi Black, with their meal,” said Xu. “If you have never tried sake before, you should definitely try it with Japanese food ? it’s delicious.”

“A lot of people come for the hibachi show,” said Xu. “But they come back because of the food. That’s a great honor for us.”

Shogun Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar is located at 2107 W. Davis in Conroe, near Home Depot. For more information, visit www.ishogun.com or call 936-756-6866.