Teriyaki House takes teriyaki to new level

April 21, 2009

By Jim Feehan

When my wife and lived in Eugene, Ore., I asked a colleague where the best place was for teriyaki. She replied, “Portland.”I love good teriyaki as much as the next person, but I’m not driving 200 miles to get my fix.

After moving to the Seattle area three years ago, we found we were blessed with an abundance of teriyaki restaurants. In fact, they may be the most popular type of restaurant found in the area, often in strip malls.

While teriyaki restaurants may be bountiful, a few rise above run-of-the-mill. One such establishment is Teriyaki House, on the western side of Cougar Mountain in the Lakemont Community Shopping Center.

If you’re looking to indulge your senses, Teriyaki House fits the bill. The restaurant offers the same menu and prices for both lunch and dinner and the most expensive entrée is $10.99. There are many entrées to choose from, including teriyaki, yakisoba and tempura.

The chicken teriyaki ($6.99) was moist and flavorful, adorned with teriyaki sauce that was neither too sweet nor too thick. A slice of chicken that escaped the sauce proved how beautifully it was grilled. Rice and a green salad are included with the teriyaki entrées. The chicken bento ($10.49) was a divided box with different items in each compartment. At Teriyaki House, the box comes with rice, salad, gyoza and California roll.

The components present an overview of Japanese dining, and it was all delicious, especially the vegetables coated with tempura batter and deep fried.

The teriyaki entrées — from $6.99 to $9.99 — choices are beef, pork, salmon, shrimp, short rib and tofu.

Another favorite is yakisoba ($7.99 to $9.49), pan-fried noodles with cabbage, onions, green peppers and carrots with either chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu or vegetables. The restaurant also offers combination platters with a choice of two entrées with rice and salad, from $8.99 to $9.99.

Teriyaki House also offers the obligatory fried rice entrées ($7.99 to $9.99) and rice rolls served with miso soup ($6.99 for the California roll and $7.99 for the tempura prawn rolls).

The restaurant is elegantly understated and spotless. Japanese prints and murals adorn the walls. A low wall separates sections of the dining area. The wait staff is prompt and friendly.

With so many teriyaki restaurants to choose from, Teriyaki House truly stands out.

If you go

Teriyaki House

4957 Lakemont Blvd. S.E.

562-7000

Lunch/dinner 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday

Entrées from $6.99 to $10.99

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext 239, or newcas@isspress.com.

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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