On the busy streets of Chapel Street in South Yarra lies a 30 year old Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Teppanyaki, which looks oh so calm on the outside but inside, there was a tinkering for partayyy. When you step inside Tokyo Teppanyaki, you feel a calmness sweep over you with a Japanese decor that makes you forget that you’re in Melbourne.
However, the calmness will be short lived because once dinner starts, you have to be prepared for some food action. While we waited for dinner to start, we got some drinkies in our bellies. I got the Mango Daiquiri and it was super mango-y, just the way I like it. There wasn’t a strong taste of alcohol either so if you’re looking for a little sweetness in your life without the drunkeness, this is the way to go.
Miss Pandan got the Japanese slipper and boy could you taste the alcohol. It had a very strong taste of midori and nothing else which didn’t tickle my fancy at all.
For the night, we were having the Kobe Set Menu and we could not wait. It sounded oh so DELISH. First up was the miso soup and this was magnificent. It wasn’t too salty and very light, a great way to start off the menu.
Next up was the sushi plate which includes a spring roll, sashimi, sushi and california roll. I didn’t particularly enjoy this set. The springroll itself was a touch dry but the nigri was fabulous.
Sushi, sashimi, california roll and springroll
Now, the show starts with chefs who can not only handle their spatulas but also knives and flipping food in the air. Our first taste was the grilled veggies which gave a BBQ taste.
The next meats to face the chef’s skilled cut-works were the prawns and fish. The chefs de-headed the prawns with ease cooked them together with the fish.
Prawn and Fish
When you go to teppanyaki I can guarantee that there will be a fried rice dish. Why? Because that’s the easiest to throw at people and quite hilarious when they can’t catch it.
Vegetarian fried rice
We were also served lamb and teriyaki chicken as well (weren’t we spoiled for choice). If you like your lamb with the lamb-y smelll, you’ll like this. However, I found that both the lamb and the chicken was a touch on the dry side.
Lamb and Teriyaki chicken
Up until now the food has been quite average, the wagyu steak was AMAZEBALL! I asked for mine to be cooked medium-rare and it was cooked oh so perfectly (thanks chef!). It was so juicy, so plump and oh so orgasmic. Very droolsworthy.
After all those savoury dishes, we were presented with dun dun dun…desserts! There were many ice cream flavours which were so refreshing and there’s fried ice creams and even banana tempura. There was a little bit of something for everyone.
Vanilla and Green tea ice cream
Sesame and green tea ice cream
Fried ice cream
The food was quite average but if you’re looking for a night out with laughter and great entertainment then this is the eatery for you. There’s also a fire show which is performed by the best skilled chef Hiro for diners who book the Emperors Course with a minimum of 5 people (ooooohhhhh fireeee).
Disclaimer: I was honoured to be invited to attend by Tokyo Teppanyaki and Your Social Chef and all opinions expressed are my own.