PLAINVILLE — Nikki Zhu said that something was missing in Plainville, and one day, it occurred to her that there was no hibachi restaurant in the area.
Now residents have one, at 33 East St.
Zhu’s recently-opened restaurant, Shogun Hibachi, was once home to Sweet Basil, a Thai Fusion restaurant owned by the Zhu family.
“You meet new people that push you to give them the best experience that your restaurant has to offer, and I thought our team of people could really make this idea work, and we made it happen,” said Zhu, a native of Fujin, China.
Zhu runs the restaurant with her husband, who is the chef, and her sister Tina Wang.
“I started working in restaurant businesses as a young girl, and I was always passionate about paying attention to detail,” Zhu said. “It is important to grab the customer's attention immediately, and I make sure I do that with Shogun and everything it entails.”
Due to its size, Shogun is not your traditional hibachi setup where customers can watch their meals being prepared. But it appears the public doesn’t mind.
Zhu said when Shogun Hibachi opened on Oct. 12, it was very busy those first few days. Now, the restaurant already has returning customers, and business has been steady.
“I took my niece out for lunch, and we had a great lunch,” Plainville resident Mary Ouellete said. “I had a hibachi combo lunch box, which was very good.”
Hibachi entries range from $18 for vegetables to $35 for lobster. Options also include chicken, shrimp, filet mignon, and more.
For lunch, Shogun’s most popular item is the lunch Hibachi Bento Box. Entree choices include vegetables, chicken, shrimp, steak, scallops and salmon, served with salad, soup, white rice and Hibachi vegetable.
Also available on the menu are appetizers like Harumarki (deep-fried vegetable spring roll), pan-fried or steamed Gyoza (pork dumplings), to name a few.
While the restaurant is dine-in, customers can also choose take-out and order their food online.
For more information, go to shogunplainville.com.