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Published May 9th 2014
There's no room for butterfingers at Golden Wood Teppanyaki
This modest restaurant has been open for just two months and is hidden away in a small shopping centre in Newmarket. My friend and I enjoyed a very tasty and entertaining lunch here. Chef,Terry, says they have been extremely busy since opening and their customers cover all age groups. Terry worked his magic right in front of our eyes. This chef is definitely a showman, twirling and flourishing his utensils around as If it was the most natural thing in the world to do.
Our meal started with Miso soup, Japanese green beans and a light salad. Three sauces were placed in front of us and then the show began! Scotch fillet beef cooked to medium rare perfection with garlic and then chicken cooked with garlic and teriyaki sauce were both prepared in no time at all. Next came the eggs - this was where things could have become really messy! Terry challenged us to catch our raw eggs when he threw them from his utensil towards us. My friend won the award on this occasion, catching her egg perfectly. Whilst I did catch mine, it splattered everywhere in the bowl - guess it saved Terry some beating time! Once the egg was spread thinly over the plate and then rolled, Terry's next trick also involved some audience participation. This time my friend held a bowl in front of her and the chef chopped the egg at just the right angle that the slices rocketed Into the bowl like cannon ball fire - so clever!
To keep the meal balanced, vegies came next. These were added to the hot plate with garlic and more sauce, then stir fried. Broccoli, zucchini, onion and mushrooms were added to our plates and were cooked so that they still had that lovely crispness. Finally, the chopped egg was added to fried rice which completed our main course. A small bowl of vanilla ice cream finished off our lunch and we left Terry with very contented tummies.
If you like to linger over your meal, this probably isn't the place for you as the action is fast and food is continuously added to your plate. If, however, you're looking for entertainment and a tasty selection of food, you must try the Golden Wood Teppanyaki Restaurant. We dined here at lunchtime on a week day and were the only customers which was great for us as we had Terry's full attention. I can imagine that at busier times the place would have a real buzz to it as there are two hot plates, both surrounded by chairs, giving diners a bird's eye view of the action and the opportunity to participate in the fun and games. There's no fancy decorating here and diners create the ambience but the experience is all about taste and fun!