ON THE MENU
• Grilled beef sandwich — Beef, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, pickled cabbage and special house sauce, $4
• Teriyaki chicken — Served with broccoli, fried rice, sweet carrots and shrimp sauce, $5.39
• California roll — Crab, avocado and carrots rolled in rice. Eight pieces, $3.49
• Yakisoba shrimp — Lo mein noodles served with grilled shrimp, assorted vegetables, sauce and sesame seeds, $7
2346-A Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville
Open since: March
Owner: Mark Dinh
Location: Samurai Chicken is located at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Oakland Road connected to the Citgo gas station.
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays
Atmosphere: The restaurant may be connected to a gas station, but it is higher than gas station quality. The inside of the place is clean, bright and comfortable.
Manager Lien Dinh decided to decorate the room after her brother Mark found the location.
"It looked so plain when my brother first got the place," she said. "We didn't need to do anything fancy and now it looks comfortable."
There are pieces of art on the walls with abstract paintings of tan, beige, brown and gold color schemes. There are two ceramic fish dangling from the ceiling and boats tucked away on shelves near the front door.
To add to the Japanese accents, Dinh brought in plants, bamboo teapots and small figurines of Buddha.
There are a total of nine tables for guests to dine at if they plan to stay in the restaurant. Diners also have the option of take out food or ordering from the drive-through window.
"We did the drive-through window for those parents who have all their kids with them and can't get out of the car to order some food," Dinh said.
Menu: Samurai Chicken offers all Japanese cuisine, hibachi and chicken wings.
"We serve a lot of traditional Japanese dishes," Dinh said. "We have wings because we are Samurai Chicken. The wings are so good, everyone loves them."
They also serve noodle dishes like pho and lo mein, fried rice, sandwiches, salads, sushi (cooked) and hibachi entrees. It's not the hibachi people would traditionally thing of because the chef doesn't cook in front of the guests and put on a show with fire and chopping.
"I hope to introduce this type of food to this area because I noticed that there isn't much like it here," Dinh said. "A lot of our clients have never had Japanese food before, so we're here to change that."
The restaurant doesn't sell alcohol, but it does have fresh fruit smoothies. Customers can buy from a variety of flavors, including strawberry, mango, peach, banana, avocado, orange, watermelon and pineapple.
Things you might not know: The Dinhs are originally from Vietnam.