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April 2008

Family Night at Three Samurai Japanese Restaurant

Excellent food, Teppanyaki cooking and an entertaining chef make for a fun evening!

If you're not familiar with the art of Teppanyaki, its tabletop grilling.  You sit and watch as the chef taps salt/pepper shakers and cooking utensils on the flat top grill, tossing and juggling them in the air as he prepares your food right there in front of you. 

The soups, steak, chicken, veggies and shrimp were all superb.  Not only does the Three Samurai prepare amazing food, but they provide incredible entertainment as well.  Table guests enjoyed flaming onion volcanoes, spatula tossed broccoli aimed into willing patrons mouths, and various other acrobatic acts and jokes from the chef.

Providing excellent food and family fun, the Three Samurai Japanese Restaurant is a must do.  Prices were reasonable, with the 'dinner & show' tab for a family of five coming in at about $100.00.  The only slight downer was a waitress that was not as attentive as she could have been.  It took two requests each time to get something like a water refill, we attributed it to the busy night.

The Three Samurai Japanese Restaurant scores four out of five stars.


They're located at:  1801 2nd St, #200, Coralville, IA 52241, call 319-337-3340 for reservations

Elegant Relaxation

If you're looking for a nice, quiet, fine dining experience, make a reservation at Cafe Z.

Owner and chef David Zaghloul is very talented and all his fantastic creations melt in your mouth. 

The following cuisine was sampled, and it was all outstanding:

  • Insalata Caprese - Fresh Mozzarella cheese & tomatoes, Mediterranean olives, basil, olive oil, & balsamic vinegar. Served with baguette bread.
  • Seared sea scallops with truffle scented polenta, house vegetables and blackberry glaze
  • Fillet Mignon seared to perfection served with Gold Yukon potatoes and black truffle sauce
  • Seared lamb loin & black truffle sauce
  • Creme Brulee

David also offers a very nice selection of wines.  So whether it's a romantic evening for two, or simply some relaxation, good conversation and great tastes planned with a couple of friends - check out Cafe Z, which rates 5 stars!


Cafe Z, 1705 S. 1st Ave Ste A, Iowa City, IA 52240.  Reservations can be made by calling (319) 338-1738 or email at [email protected]