Tokyo Wako is a teppan-yaki place very similar to Benihana. They have several in Los Angeles, but this one is located in the Paseo Colorado Mall.
In case you’ve never been to one of these places, people sit around a grill where a chef prepares your food in front of everyone. Teppan in Japanese means “grill” and yaki means “broil.” The attraction is that the chef makes a big show out of the cooking, especially using some samurai like skills to cut the meat.
As far as the food, it’s acceptable and if you’ve been to any Benihana, this one is almost identical, all the way down to the way the chefs make the onion volcano and cut the food. Okay, let’s be honest. It’s a complete rip-off of Benihana. I guess there’s no way to copyright or patent food preparation techniques in business.
Don’t come here for the sushi, but they do have it available for people who want more food than just the beef or chicken.
Tokyo Wako – Pasadena
330 E. Colorado Blvd., #239
Pasadena, CA 91101