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Tokyo Express: Not your typical Japanese eatery


WINDCREST — Workers at Tokyo Express say they’re doing things differently than at typical Japanese eateries by quickly cooking dishes with a flavorful twist.

“We’re faster than the traditional Japanese (sit-downs) with the show,” said general manager Darren Hou. “Everything would take about an hour. … For us, it typically takes 15 to 20 minutes.”

The restaurant debuted in March at 5203 Walzem Road, where Whataburger once stood.

Hou, originally from Houston, moved to the San Antonio area two years ago. His family has owned several restaurants.

“San Antonio for us seems like an untapped market. It’s not as culinarily diverse as Houston,” Hou said. “We want to bring something different to San Antonio.”

Tokyo Express offers wide-ranging meals including sushi (many with Texas flavors), plus items from the hibachi grill, usually prepared by a chef in front of diners.

A popular item is the Texas Roll, made with cream cheese, avocado, beef and topped with eel sauce plus the eatery’s signature sauce.

Other dishes include hibachi steak.

“We make everything in-house. We also make everything fresh. Our orders aren’t cooked until you order,” Hou said.

The restaurant also serves specialty sauces derived from family recipes, a fusion of Chinese and Japanese styles, according to Hou.

Customer service is the top priority, the general manager added.

“If you like Japanese food, but don’t have the time or leisure, this would be your best bet to get Japanese food while on the go,” he said.

Military and seniors receive discounts.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


5203 Walzem Road in Windcrest

For more, call 210-396-7307 or visit facebook.com/tokyoexpresstx


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