This just in: a Starbucks has just opened a block away from another Starbucks, right across the street from a Wawa! I’m so excited I can barely stay awake! [yawn] Sure, I’m being facetious, but that’s really how it seems to go around here. Every time I see a new building going up I get excited, only to discover I now have one more place to fill my prescription and buy chewing gum.
I, more than most people, hate duplication. I crave variety. And so when a sign went up announcing a new Japanese restaurant was opening in Smallwood Village Shopping Center, I got excited. This was different. This wasn’t mozzarella sticks and potato skins. This was bento boxes, tempura, and sushi. I wasn’t even sure what two of those things were! I could hardly wait.
So, when Kobe Bar and Grill finally opened its doors, I took a friend for dinner. They placed chopsticks in front of me. Beads of sweat formed on my brow. I was going to go hungry. I’ve mastered many skills in my life, but the simple technique of using chopsticks has eluded me. The waitress was patient in instructing me on how to use them. In fact, she was very patient through the entire meal, explaining dishes we were unfamiliar with, offering advice on drinks, providing me silverware when it looked like I might poke my own eye out with the chopsticks.
Now, I’m not a food critic, so I’m not going to do a review of the food, except to say the spicy maki combo I had was good enough to bring me back a second time. My friend seemed very happy with the Hibachi Chicken, so I think they’re two for two on return customers. The service throughout was courteous and prompt without being overbearing. The restaurant is nicely decorated, with a subdued atmosphere, offering a quiet oasis among the glut of bright, loud cookie-cutter restaurants. Kobe is open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers carry-out. So, if you’re like me and a little tired of the duplication, Kobe Bar and Grill offers a refreshing divergence from the same old thing done the same old way.
by guest blogger, Mike Billard