The monthly munch: Quickway Japanese Hibachi


Photo by Chris Castelli

Quickway is located next to Trader Joe’s in Travilah Square Shopping Center.

Quickway Japanese Hibachi has recently opened another location at Travilah Square, bringing familiar Asian cuisine to the scene.

This will be Quickway’s seventh Montgomery County location and they have locations in 10 counties in the D.C.-metro area since opening in 2012. Their signature menu item is the hibachi bowl with your choice of protein, but they also offer sushi, poke bowls and bento boxes. According to their website, they bring “the Teppanyaki (teppan, Japanese for griddle: yaki, grill, broiled) cooking technique to a quick service restaurant setting.”

The most popular menu item is the hibachi bowl, which is made with a protein of your choice (chicken, beef, tofu, shrimp, salmon), served with mixed vegetables and either rice or noodles. There is also the option for a combo hibachi that allows you to combine two proteins for a higher price. The least expensive Hibachi option is the chicken ($7.95), which is one of the reasons Quickway has grown in popularity. “My favorite menu item has to be the chicken and beef combo hibachi bowl with noodles because of how cheap it is for the good amount of food it comes with,” junior Zo Singh said.

The portion of food is certainly more than enough and the food is tasty. They do give you the option for yum yum sauce, but the food is complete without it. Although it doesn’t taste overly healthy, the food is made with reduced salt and no trans fat. “The food is good to say the least, but it’s no light snack. The hibachi in particular will leave you feeling full for hours,” senior Ethan Kuan said.

At first glance, the inside of Quickway is comparable to Chipotle with a sleek and modern look. There is ample seating and a concise menu that is easy to read. “I definitely like how the food is cooked right in front of you and the whole process of getting your food is simple,” senior Tyler Cosgrove said.

Quickway also has a loyalty program where you can sign up at a store and participate in a point system where one point is equal to one dollar. Every 100 points gives back $7 to the next purchase. There is no app however and at the Travilah Square location, there is no online ordering currently. “Seems to me that their loyalty program is much weaker than other fast food chains, which is disappointing because the food is good and they have a lot of stores in the DMV. I also hope online ordering comes to the Travilah Square location because that makes the ordering process much more convenient,” Kuan said.

All in all, Quickway is a great inexpensive option if you are looking for Asian cuisine with good portions and quick service. Their menu is expansive and will allow you to order something new every time. The food can be greasy, but is all round flavorful.