Hibachi Heaven Is A Welcome Addition To The Japanese Food Truck Scene
Is 2012 the year of the Japanese Food Truck? Between Domo Taco, Okadaman and now Hibachi Heaven, we have been blessed with a plethora of good new Japanese food options that extend far beyond bentos and sushi. When I first heard about Hibachi Heaven back in June, I was excited, because flat-top cooking is very food truck friendly. Then, when I read Andrea’s first look from when they first opened, I was a little underwhelmed. Finally, I found the truck in Midtown the other day and decided to try for myself.
The team running the truck work conveyor belt-style, similar to the way I’ve seen Korilla do it. There’s a guy cooking on the flat top in the back, another dude taking orders and scooping pre-cooked food into containers and a third administering sauce and taking payment. It was very efficient. I ordered shrimp with fried rice ($9), and I requested half with yum yum sauce and half with wasabi mayo. The wasabi-infused mayo (green sauce in the picture above) was way tastier and more original than the yum yum sauce (pink sauce on the bottom), which was reminiscent of the spicy mayo you get in sushi rolls. Bland, boring.
I was happy to count 12 nice-sized shrimp on the plate, which seems very fair for $9. My shrimp may have been a tad over cooked, which is not surprising since they were sitting in a container for who knows how long waiting to be served. In fact, I would have been more surprised if they were perfectly cooked. The sauteed veggies included onion, cabbage, mushrooms, carrot, and broccoli. All the veggies were nicely caramelized.
The fried rice was pretty ho-hum … that is, until you’re able to unearth some that is burnt, and suddenly the rice becomes great. Yes, some foods are better burnt, and fried rice is definitely on the list. I wish I got more of the crispy bits — I would try requesting it if I were you, although I’m not sure if that’ll get you anywhere.