"Interactive dining," which Korean restaurants pretty much have cornered in suburban Sacramento, is debuting at Stonegrill in midtown Sacramento. There are differences, however. Instead of cooking their dinner over a grill as at the Korean cafes, guests at Stonegrill spread ingredients across a volcanic rock heated to some 700 degrees Fahrenheit. The selling point is that the technique is healthier than frying in a pan with butter or oil.
Stonegrill also is more upscale than the usual Korean barbecue restaurant, with its cool staff snazzily attired and a spiffy upstairs lounge with a wrap-around mural of the High Sierra. Despite the sleek setting - at 21st and L, in a corner of a new retail/residential complex - it will be interesting to see how Sacramentans respond to the opportunity to cook their own dinner, especially with the lamb chops at $27, a sirloin steak at $23, ahi at $25, and scallops at $27.
The menu also lists, however, several plates prepared traditionally in the kitchen, like gnocchi in a Gorgonzola cream sauce ($12), a Cobb salad featuring lobster ($16) and a burger ($10). According to a banner in the front window, Stonegrill is a joint venture of Nishiki Sushi along 16th Street and Cornerstone Restaurant along J Street. The place is bigger than it looks from the outside, with tables running deep along the 21st Street side of the building and more accommodations upstairs.