As Japanese cuisine expands throughout the world, so does it’s change and gets revamp. Anyplace where you take a foreign dish, it is bound to change and get its local twist. Combining styles will often lead to great discoveries and the hibachi grill is a clear example of this. It’s history comes from the Land of the Rising Sun but its name was given in the US. Perfect for a date night or an anniversary celebration, the hibachi grill is a unique way to impress or to just have a good time.
The term hibachi is actually incorrectly used, since it is now commonly associated with teppanyaki griddles. The original hibachi is a traditional Japanese heating artifact. Originally devised in the form of a round container that would serve to contain the hot charcoal. Originally made out of wood and clay, the hibachi was later made from sturdier materials such as ceramic and metals. Common to Japanese households before World War II, they even accompanied their troops during the conflict. Although nowadays it is not common to see the hibachi except for traditional ceremonies as well as festivals.
The hibachi was solely used as a heating device in Japan but once it landed in the US, it was made into a grill. It can be easily seen how the hibachi was modified to serve this purposes. In Japan there is a traditional grill such as the ones we call hibachi, but they are called Shichirin. Long immersed in tradition, the shichirin is still widely used due to its size and easy transportation. A lot of places that call themselves hibachi are actually teppanyaki restaurants. This is a style of cooking done on a flat surface iron griddle. Most of the time heated by gas, the chef will basically performs in front of his customers for their viewing pleasure.
Now that you know your facts, you can give your opinion and maybe even a little insight to your fellow diners.