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Published August 11th 2013
Catch your next meal
Teppan-Yaki restaurants give new meaning to the phrase "dinner and a show", offering tasty dishes and plenty of entertainment to create a fun night out. Kyoto Teppan-Yaki, tucked away in Carlingford Village Shopping Centre, offers diners an enjoyable meal with family and friends.
If you've never been to a teppan-yaki restaurant before, you're in for a bit of a surprise. Not only do you get to watch the chefs prepare your meal in front of you, but dinner also involves an interactive element as you're challenged to catch portions of your meal while the chef flings them in your direction.
Kyoto Teppan-Yaki features a decent range of menu options, but your best bet is to go for one of the set menus and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. On our last visit we went for Set Menu B, which for $30 per person gives you fresh salad, miso soup and mixed entrees (think sashimi and tempura crab) to start, then a prawn, fish, teriyaki chicken, misoyaki steak, fried rice and fried vegetables cooked on the teppan-yaki grill. Then you can wash it all down with a scoop of ice cream.
Once you've polished off your entrees, the real fun starts when the chef appears to start cooking your mains. The layout means you're all seated around the grill and you can just sit and watch the impressively fast slicing and dicing going on in front of you.
The fish was the pick of the mains during our last visit, while the teriyaki chicken was also pretty popular. It's when the fried rice comes out that things start getting messy.
The chef then takes it upon himself to test out the hand-eye co-ordination skills of his diners, challenging them to catch eggs in their bowls, defend yourself against flying pieces of omelette, and grasp tossed bowls of fried rice. It can get pretty hectic at times - especially if it happens to be your birthday and the chef decides to target you - so make sure you're not wearing your best clothes.
It's a great way to have a fun night out with the family, and young kids in particular will love the excitement of what could almost be called a food fight.
Staff at Kyoto Teppan-Yaki are friendly, and while the restaurant is not licensed there's a bottle shop a short walk away.
For more information, including opening hours and location, log on to Kyoto Teppan-Yaki's website.