Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tokyo Teppanyaki


536 Chapel St 
South Yarra, 3141

"Food & Egg catching are part of the fun of dining at Tokyo Teppanyaki Restaurant. However, the management will not take any responsibility in case of personal injury or accident"

Not every restaurant has a disclaimer against personal injury due to flying food, however, Tokyo Teppanyaki is not your normal understated Japanese dining experience. Loud, busy and on a Saturday night borderline chaotic, Tokyo Teppanyaki is equal parts food and theatre.

Tokyo Teppanyaki has been operating now for quite some time, It would be over 10 years since my first visit there and I believe it has been running now for close to 20 years which is a lifetime in the restaurant game.

The group I was with all opted for the Osaka set menu that for $65 consisted of, Miso Soup, Spring Roll, California Roll & Deep Fried Chicken, King Prawn, Calamari, Teriyaki Chicken, Tenderloin Steak, Seasonal Grilled Vegetables, Vegetarian Fried Rice and Coffee. Not bad considering mains in some restaurants are nudging these prices.

Teppanyaki Fried Rice

Once we settled in with a warm sake, the Teppanyaki show commenced. The appetisers of Miso soup and spring roll/california roll and deep fried chicken were all reasonable, not too greasy but not out of this world. They did give us something to enjoy while watching our chef's knife skills on our prawns.

Teppanyaki prawns I think are probably the highlight of teppanyaki and tonight's were as good as I have had, sweet, fresh and with a touch of garlic butter a smash. This set the tone for what would be some good eating.

Without going in to detail about each course, the quality of the produce was never in question, the tenderloin in particular though stood out for it's quality and flavour.

The theatrics component of the night was also good, our chef was engaging but not overbearing and our group emerged with our clothing and dignity intact.

So after all this time, Tokyo Teppanyaki continues to mix theatre with food in fine style. For a group, it is a great experience and hard not to have a great time with quality food.

Tokyo Teppanyaki - 13/20
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