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Best Tableside Restaurant Preparations In Charlotte

August 14, 2013 8:00 AM

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Going out to eat is a major form of entertainment in our culture, and meals are even more entertaining when the chefs and servers put on a show. Several foreign cuisines maintain traditions of tableside preparation, adding a bit of cultural education to the meal. The Japanese are masters of food performance art, with sushi chefs rolling rice and fish together before your eyes and Japanese teppanyaki chefs slicing, dicing and juggling around a communal grill. Other foreign tableside cuisines include Brazilian churrasco, Korean BBQ and French gueridon service performed from a mobile cart. The extra entertainment that comes with these meals makes them especially popular for special events and family gatherings.
 Best Tableside Restaurant Preparations In Charlotte

Amor De Brazil Steakhouse (Credit, Renee Wright)

Amor De Brazil Steakhouse
2225 Matthews Township Parkway
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 841-1241

Dashing gauchos, the Brazilian version of cowboys, move from table to table at this colorful spot in the Sycamore Commons Shopping Center, slicing pieces of meat from sword-like skewers to pile on your plate. Sixteen different meats, all slow-cooked on a rotisserie grill, are featured in the traditional all-you-can-eat Rodizio tableside service, including several different preparations of lamb, pork, chicken and steak as well as house-made Brazilian-style sausage. Some of the Brazilian cuts of steak, such as maminha, a churrasco favorite, and picanha, the house specialty, may be unfamiliar, but the gaucho chefs are eager to explain and all speak English. Rodizio meals also include a generous salad bar, also available a la carte.

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Bentley’s Restaurant On 27
201 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28244
(704) 343-9201

Owner Jim Emad opened this unique spot on the 27th floor of the Charlotte Plaza building, former lair of the exclusive Tower Club, to reintroduce Charlotte to fine French dining, specifically with presentations using the gueridon, a mobile cooking cart. Bentley’s offers many traditional classics prepared tableside, including a peppercorn-encrusted steak au poivre flamed in brandy, Caesar salad tossed while you watch, Dover sole de-boned at your table, crepes Suzettes and that ultimate romantic date-night special, chateaubriand for two. A wide variety of chef-designed seasonal dishes fills out the menu. Bentley’s intimate dining, combined with its awesome view of the city, creates the setting for an evening to remember.

Cho Won Garden Korean BBQ and Cuisine
2501 Crownpoint Executive Drive
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 845-6119

Owned and operated by the Ji family, this spot just off Independence Boulevard offers an authentic Korean barbecue experience. The interior was completely renovated to include special tables containing grills where Korean BBQ specials such as bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef or pork) and galbi (beef ribs), as well as many other less familiar dishes, are prepared. Knowledgeable staff members willingly explain the menu and make suggestions, then prepare dishes at the tableside grills. Each meal comes with a multitude of little side dishes, called the banchan, filled with condiments intended to be wrapped in a lettuce leaf along with your meat. Wash it all down with a pot of soju, a vodka-like Korean spirit.

Minoda’s Japanese Steak House, Sushi Bar and Izakaya
446 Tyvola Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 529-0659

Marvin Minoda founded the popular Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse chain back in the 1990s. Recently he rebranded his original location near I-77 under his own name with the intent of offering a more authentic teppanyaki experience along with new dishes discovered on his frequent visits to Japan. The menu now includes Angus beef and lobster on the hibachi menu, and dozens of izakaya, tapas-style items such as meat skewers, tempura and the signature Panko-fried deviled egg. Dishes are accompanied by some 20 house-made sauces, including the fiery Ghastly Ghost sauce, made with the hottest pepper in the world.

 Best Tableside Restaurant Preparations In Charlotte

New Zealand Café (Credit, Renee Wright)

New Zealand Café
1717 N. Sardis Road, Suite 6A
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 708-9888

This small spot off Monroe Road in the Sardis Crossing Shopping Center is something of a hidden gem among Charlotte sushi bars. Although there is a menu of grilled and fried items, and a selection of bento boxes, the specialty here is sushi, and it’s some of the freshest and lowest priced in town. Most items on the extensive nigiri menu run $1 to $2 per piece, with rolls priced at $3 and up. Large orders are the norm, and the sushi chefs put on a show as they fill up the popular “sushi boats” with a variety of colorful – and flavorful – bites. Be aware that this is a small spot, and popular for takeout, so waits are common.

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With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at

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