Hahn's Hibachi

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We went to Hahn's Hibachi with our friends and frequent dining companions Regina and Boris. They'd been to Hahn's many times before and they like it because it caters both to meat eaters and vegetarians. As we found out, it's also a very child-friendly place, so it was an ideal dining destination for the five of us.

Hahn's serves Korean BBQ and has quite an extensive BBQ menu. It offers chicken, pork, beef and seafood in a variety of cuts, served in different ways. They also have tofu for the vegetarian minded. Prices are very reasonable, with most entrees under $10. They all come with rice, bean sprouts, cucumber and kimchee.

That night I had the smoked sampler (smoked pork rib, pork chop, beef rib, pork kabob and chicken for $15) and Mike had the Meat Mountain (a variety of BBQ meats, all piled up for $16). We both liked the flavor of the meat, and the accompanying sauce was delicious, especially when mixed with the rice. I felt my chicken was a bit dry, however, and we all felt the ribs were not very meaty. Still, it was a ton of meat and a good value.

For dessert, Mike and I shared Bananas Foster. We both agreed that they tasted a tad too alcoholic; this was a plus for Mike and a minus for me. He loved them, I wouldn't order them again. Boris had some ice cream, which came with chocolate fudge and whipped cream, making it almost into a sundae. He liked it and so did Mika, with whom he generously shared.

Service was competent if a little distant. Still, I appreciated that they brought Mika a cool animal-shaped plate with some rice and bean sprouts (we hadn't ordered anything for her). I wish more restaurants would do the same.

Dinner came to about $70 for the four of us. In all, it was a good experience and I'd go back again.

Hahn's Hibachi is just one of the eight locations in the Bay Area.

Hahn's Hibachi
63 Jack London Square
Oakland, CA