Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Seafood Restaurant has been a staple Japanese Teppan Yaki restaurant in Tucson for as long as Jim and I have lived here. When we arrived in Tucson we stayed at a corporate apartment off Rudasill and Oracle, and spent dinners between a restaurant in the hotel at La Posada and what was then Sakura, part of Benihana fame. Mr. An had opened Sakura Restaurant in the same place in 2000, sold it to Benihana in 2005 and bought it back in 2010 and it became Mr. An’s, according to the website.
Yesterday, Friend Rosemary decided she hankered for Teppanyaki, and the first place I thought of was Mr. An’s. I looked at others, but I despise Sushi, and did not have a clear idea of what else they offered, so off we went to Mr. An’s.
Mr. An’s is “dinner only” except on the weekends when they open at 2pm. When we arrived around 2:30 there were several people there already, and we were immediately seated with another group at one of the Benihana-style cooking (Teppan) tables. You know, the ones where they put on a show, throwing knives around setting fire to food, and generally making a lot of noise. Initially jarring, I eventually settled down and joined in on the fun as best I could. Don’t ask for one of these tables if you don’t want to be entertained.
We were “celebrating” Rosemary’s birthday, however, she declined to be sung to and generally made a spectacle of. Jeremiah was our entertainer and chef. Don’t forget to reward your chef for a job well done.
The menu is large, however the teppanyaki entrees were limited. “Teppan” is the metal plate cooking grill and “Yaki” means grill. All the food is cooked on the grill in spectacular style. Fried rice, veggies, noodles and your choice of meat, or not. Jeremiah was our entertainer and cook. I suspect that each cook has his favorite schtick, much like the flight attendants on Southwest Airlines before the pandemic and the original owner, Herb, sold out to a bottom-line guy.
I did manage to get a small portion of the entertainment on video. This is not my forté. It was your Southern Arizona Guide Jim’s job to video and photograph. Forgive me if it is amateurish. You get the idea. This is a flaming onion train. Pretty cute.
I ordered shrimp and scallops with fried rice. It came with a large portion of rice, noodles and veggies. The scallops were cooked to perfection. I was not so fond of the shrimp, it was a bit dry. Rosemary ordered the steak, medium rare, shrimp and white rice. We both took home leftovers.
Do we recommend Mr. An’s? Absolutely we do. It has survived in a difficult industry and through the pandemic. I give it a 4 and a half, only due to my mood and the cost for the entertainment. The menu on the website does not include pricing. However, this is a great venue for dinner and entertainment.
Mr. An’s TeppanYaki Steak + Seafood
6091 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ