1581 Webster St
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Juban Yakiniku House

Neighborhoods: Lower Pacific Heights
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Steak

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Juban is a fun, do-it-yourself joint in Japantown

This yakiniku, or “grilled meat” joint is a good place to take people for an interactive eating experience. Bigger kids especially love being able to cook their own food. There are 16 grills at the tables and 8 more built into the circular bar at the center of the large dining room. That’s a lot of cooking going on at the same time, but it never gets too smoky or hot which is a huge plus. They have a pretty extensive Asian menu with a la carte meats, veggies, seafood and accompaniments which are served family style. They also have a handful of soups, and rice and noodle dishes. If you prefer, you can opt to have the prix fixe menu for $62.25 or $82.75 which feeds two to three people each.

Juban is not a fancy place, but it’s a fun spot for casual celebrations like birthdays. I also like the little touches, like special plastic kids’ dinnerware and utensils (my daughter was thrilled to get a Winnie the Pooh set), a small bucket of ice to keep my bottle of sake chilled, and wet napkins at the end of the meal for everyone.

Two favorites are the miso salmon ($9) and sea scallops ($11). The beef tataki ($7.50) actually tastes better heated up and cooked through on the grill; it brings out the nice, strong ginger flavor and makes the meat more tender. The onmen ($7.50),hot somen noodles with egg, spinach and shittake mushrooms, is apparently a favorite among young children, but the beef broth was very subtle and proved to be too bland for my preschooler. She enjoyed the grilled items over rice much more.

They didn’t have lobster tails the night we went, so my son ordered the rib eye ($9.50) instead and was very happy with it. He also ordered the green tea mochi for dessert but they didn’t have it, so he got green tea ice cream ($3) which he enjoyed. They do carry top of the line Wagyu beef which we will have to try the next time we go.

miso salmon at Juban Yakiniku House

miso salmon

really tasty chunks of fresh salmon marinated in a miso sauce with a hint of sweetness like teriyaki. everyone in my family loved it, and we had to order a second helping just for my son.

sea scallops at Juban Yakiniku House

sea scallops

a large portion of raw sea scallops seasoned with black pepper and served with a slice of lemon. fun to cook and fun to eat.

Beef Tataki at Juban Yakiniku House

Beef Tataki

thin slices of beef are marinated and seasoned with ginger, among other spices. it was kind of tough/chewy and refrigerator cold, so we put them on the grill and cooked them through which made them much, much better.

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