Brothers Nokky and Nicky Vasant, co-owners of Hibachi Boy in St. Peters, are not the first generation of their family to be involved in the restaurant trade.
“My dad has been our main inspiration for the restaurant business,” Nokky said. “We’ve been in this business since we were about 14 years old.”
The brothers said their father has been in the Japanese steak house trade for 30 years. Their grandmother also was an accomplished Thai cook, with many original recipes that are used by the brothers to this day.
Hibachi Boy’s menu stands as a testament to their culinary heritage, containing a sweeping range of dishes, including a sampling of Thai dishes, classic Chinese plates of fried rice and crab Rangoon and a lengthy selection of sushi – all freshly made to order.
While many of their recipes are steeped in history, projecting a modern, classy and friendly atmosphere for their customers is important to the brothers – as important as great, fresh flavors. Nokky said all of Hibachi Boy’s staff are trained in all aspects of the restaurant, from kitchen to cash register. That’s so anyone can jump in to assist a customer on a moment’s notice.
“I make sure everyone is knowledgeable about the menu so they can tell the new customers what to expect when they order, what is good to order,” Nokky said.
He said two crowd favorites at Hibachi Boy are the Volcano Fried Rice and – on the sushi side of things – the Dragon Roll.
Like the mythical creature it is named for, the Dragon Roll is a powerful concoction that uses the popular California roll as its foundation and builds a skyscraper of flavor on top of it. Creamy slices of avocado and sweet cuts of barbecued eel are gingerly stacked together in a flavorful construction that will draw delight from anyone who calls upon the dragon.
The Volcano Fried Rice also lives up to its namesake, expanding on the mass appeal of fried rice with a devilishly spicy garnish of cilantro and jalapeño peppers.
The flavors these additions pull out of an already great meal are truly astonishing. The added spice of the jalapeños and bright, colorful flavors of the cilantro draw otherworldly flavors from the dish, and the tender rice serves as a lush backdrop to the more poignant sensations of the meal. Available with almost any Hibachi Boy entrée and served with a variety of proteins including chicken, veggie and tofu, beef, salmon and shrimp, the Volcano Fried Rice can be ordered to suit anyone’s tastes.
Also worthy of mention is Hibachi Boy’s Boba Tea, a rarity in St. Charles County, but a treat that shouldn’t be missed.
Nicky said one of his favorite meals is the Pho Beef Soup, a Thai concoction of rice noodles, delicate bean sprouts, green onions and zesty garlic, all of which support the weightier flavors of meatballs and sliced beef.
“It’s really good, on any day,” Nicky said of the soup, but he could just as easily have been commenting on the entire Hibachi Boy menu.