New and better things are coming to Tokyo Samurai in Colleyville. That is the goal of the new owner Kwang Jin Kim, according to restaurant manager Attasit “First” Phattarapreechakul. Kim bought the Japanese restaurant in January from the previous owner, who opened it nearly 10 years ago.
Tokyo Samurai serves sushi, Asian-fusion dishes and hibachi, which refers to a way of grilling meat, Phattarapreechakul said. It generally uses less oil and butter. Meats are seasoned with salt, pepper, soy sauce and sometimes teriyaki sauce, which adds an element of sweetness, he said.
The restaurant includes tables with hibachi grills. Patrons can request to have their meals cooked in front of them. One of the most popular dishes on the menu is the filet mignon and lobster, which is served with vegetables and rice, he said.
Kim has changed a lot of things since he took ownership, Phattarapreechakul said. He expanded hours on weekends, changed the seating arrangements and the decor, added televisions and upgraded to fresher ingredients.
The changes have garnered appreciation from diners who have noticed and tasted the difference, Phattarapreechakul said.
“Customers, they want to be entertained, they want to feel comfortable, and they want good food,” he said.
More changes are also coming to the menu. While Kim is keeping some popular items, such as the Colleyville Sushi Roll, the restaurant plans to roll out new sushi made with mango, crabmeat, avocados, rice paper and three kinds of fish: tuna, salmon and yellowtail.
“It is very light and tropical,” Phattarapreechakul said.
Part of the drive for a menu review is to add more variety, so there are more options available for everyone, he said. And the food is not the only component that has changed. Customers can now enjoy the Samurai Pina Colada offered at the full bar. The cocktail is served in a hollow pineapple and made for two people.
“We’re going to have a lot more surprises for the customers to enjoy,” he said.
5645 Colleyville Blvd., Ste. 100, Colleyville
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat. noon-10:30 p.m.; Sun. noon-9:30 p.m.