Koto Japanese Steakhouse | Kids VT | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Hayden, Regan and Charlie Charron

Matthew Thorsen

Hayden, Regan and Charlie Charron

Koto Japanese Steakhouse 

792 Shelburne Road, South Burlington

My kids love Japanese food. My son will eat his weight in sushi, and my daughter is all about udon. Seeking a Japanese food fix for the whole family, we landed at Koto Japanese Steakhouse. Not only does the South Burlington restaurant serve our favorites, it also offers teppanyaki, Japanese-style meat and veggies grilled on the table in front of you. Cooking becomes entertainment when the chefs wow the crowd with their knife and spatula skills.

At 5 p.m. — rush hour — Koto was a peaceful retreat from traffic-packed Route 7. Friendly staff greeted us in the lobby, along with a gurgling pond stocked with koi fish. For the first time in 10 years of dining out with my kids, I was kind of disappointed that we didn't have to wait for a table.

The restaurant is spacious, with a sushi bar, a number of conventional dining tables, a bar and a room where diners can sit on traditional tatami mats. The six large teppanyaki tables are popular, and diners are expected to share them with other parties. As we perused our menus, a family of four sat down with us.

Koto's menu covers the range of Japanese fare, from albacore sushi to yakitori (skewered chicken), and we took advantage of the large selection. For entrees, we ordered yellowtail and tuna sushi, udon, and steak and chicken teppanyaki. The adult hibachi meals are pricey but come with soup, salad, and fried rice or noodles, along with awesome entertainment. My husband and I shared steak teppanyaki and, after all that sushi, it was plenty of food.

The soup and salad were unmemorable, but the sushi was fresh and, to this Californian, surprisingly good. It was the kids' turn to be surprised when our chef arrived and began preparing food, just inches from their plates. They sat transfixed as he spun his knives and spatulas, sliced, diced and grilled, joking as he cooked. He launched pieces of zucchini into our open mouths, and made a steaming volcano out of a stack of onions. The kids jumped when he made flames leap high, their eyes bulged when he spun an egg on a spatula and tossed it up and down half a dozen times.

The last time I had teppanyaki I was in California. The most memorable thing about it: Kobe Bryant was sitting at the next table. At Koto, I sat with Linda and Dave from Grand Isle. I have to say, both the food and the company were far more impressive.

"Out to Eat" is a monthly family-friendly restaurant review. Where should we eat next? Email us at ideas@kidsvt.com. Cindy Morgan is a freelance writer who recently moved with her family from California to Shelburne.

Family Friendly Amenities: Eight high chairs, four boosters, a koi pond in the waiting area and a kids hibachi menu with choices of steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon or veggies for $9.50-$10.50.

Our bill for four: $142.49, including tip.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

More By This Author

About The Author

Cindy Morgan

About the Artist

Matthew Thorsen

Matthew Thorsen

Bio:
Matthew Thorsen was a photographer for Seven Days 1995-2018. Read all about his life and work here.

Comments


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation