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Fuji Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

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by Nina Mills (subscribe)
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Published June 4th 2011
Remember when you were told as a child not to play with your food? Well get ready to throw that rule out of the window when you eat at Fuji Teppanyaki whose motto is "Be prepared to catch your own food!"

Teppanyaki is a Japanese method of cooking with 'teppan,' translating to 'iron plate' and 'yaki' translating to 'grilled'. The food is a bit more Western than traditional Japanese, but the novelty of Fuji Teppanyaki is that your food is cooked right in front of you. So you can see exactly what goes into your food and you know exactly what you are going to be eating.

Which is:
Fresh ingredients.
Very little oil. The oil is mainly used to season the hot plate rather than cook the food.
Lean cuts of meat.
The food is cooked really quickly to lock in flavour and nutrients.
Simple seasoning just a little salt, pepper and garlic.
Small portions means you get to try a little bit of everything without overeating.

Minced chicken amuse bouche
Minced chicken amuse bouche
There are a number of banquets to select from the teppanyaki menu. You will start with an amuse bouche which might be minced chicken or some Japanese coleslaw to whet the appetite. Next is a little bowl of chicken and sweet corn or miso soup. It is only then that the banquet begins. Depending on what set banquet you have ordered, your chef will proceed to slice, dice and grill their way through a selection of prawns, scallops, lamb cutlets, chicken cooked in teriyaki sauce, beef, stir-fried vegetables, rice, potatoes and the list goes on.

Sprinkled throughout the cooking process are the food games. Your chef will set things on fire, juggle knives and entice you to participate in catching bowls of rice that are tossed through the air and catching pieces of egg omelette in your mouth. Rest assured though; if you are not too keen about getting "caught with egg on your face," there is no pressure to play.

For dessert, make sure you do leave room for a pancake cooked on the teppanyaki grill that is served with strawberries or banana, maple syrup and ice cream.

Fuji Teppanyaki also offer an a la carte menu if you are not in the mood for all that fun at the grill. There is a great drinks menu with a selection of cocktails. The staff are friendly and very attentive and are happy to accommodate changes to the set banquets for those with dietary restrictions.

Teriyaki chicken, potato and dipping sauces
Teriyaki chicken, potato and dipping sauces
It is recommended that you make a booking as Fuji Teppanyaki is quite popular, especially over the weekend.
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Why? Sometimes there is more to food than just eating!
When: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday & Sunday
 12pm - 3pm, Dinner: Monday - Sunday
 5.30pm till late
Where: 545-547 Mt. Alexander Rd Moonee Ponds
Cost: Moderate
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