There are a number of restaurants serving Japanese hibachi-style food in NYC, but only one food truck does. Hibachi Heaven opened in the summer of 2012, and quickly expanded to two, then three trucks. Guess there was a demand in NYC for this type of food for lunch.
The menu offers 4 options for main courses and three different sauces. We went for the hibachi shrimp with ginger sauce this time, which at $10, was the most expensive choice.
If you want, it’s easy to eat healthy at Hibachi Heaven. The meats and tofu are mainly grilled, you can get brown rice, and you don’t really need a sauce…but we always get one of the three offered.
The trick with food trucks like Hibachi Heaven is keeping everything fresh. If left too long in the containers after cooking, the meats can get tough or dry, the shrimp can get grainy, and the veggies can get too soft.
Luckily, we hit it just right this time. The grilled shrimp were all fresh and juicy, with no overcooked or mealy shrimp in the bunch.
Speaking of the bunch, there were about 10 shrimp in the order, making for a nice lunch portion that easily sustained us until dinner.
The ginger sauce was the right one to get on shrimp. There was a lot of shredded ginger with a little soy sauce, making it a very gingery sauce. Right up our alley.
The veggies were also cooked right. You couldn’t call them al dente, but they were not too soft either. The variety of veggies was nice too, with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, mushrooms and onions.
While we usually go for fried rice, we’re trying to watch our girlish figure so this time we had brown rice. It was a good choice, and we’ll probably get brown rice more often in the future.
We’re glad Hibachi Heaven came out last year. They’re the only hibachi-style food truck around, which is a nice change of pace every now and then for lunch.