Recently opened at Gouger Street in Adelaide, Pepper Lunch is a franchise founded by Kunio Ichinose who made use of the then innovative electromagnetic cookers in his restaurant, Steak Kuni, in 1990. He later proposed the idea in 1994 of using bowls based on the cookers used in his restaurant to offer premium beef steaks at affordable prices to the general population, which has since grown into a worldwide franchise. The name Pepper Lunch is a misnomer as the place is open for dinner too.
It is very popular, particularly with university age students, so it is recommended to arrive early to get a seat. Their range of Pepper Rice dishes feature rice topped with corn and pepper seasoning served with your choice of meat. The unique twist is that you cook the dish yourself by stirring the meat into the rice, taking care not to touch the bowl with your hands, and then season it to taste with the garlic or sweet sauce provided. The rice had a distinct peppery taste from the pepper seasoning which contrasted wonderfully with the tender meat cooked by the hotplate.
Pepper Lunch also offers a good range of steak and Japanese dishes. The Sukiyaki Chicken had tender chicken that was accompanied with soft udon, vegetables, mushrooms and a fried egg. It came with a sauce to pour over the dish which helped to bring out its flavour. Premium Cut Steak features steak that you can cook to the doneness you desire and the beansprouts helped to add an element of crunch. They also put a unique twist to their J Curry (Japanese Curry) with Beef Hamburger - the curry is served separately from the hamburger for you to pour over it. The hamburger was juicy and the curry complemented it perfectly.
The dishes can also be ordered as part of combo with a drink and your choice of rice, chips, salad or miso soup. We found the salad to be a bit plain, but its refreshing taste is a welcome relieve from the peppery Pepper Rice dishes. The fries however were great, fried golden brown with fluffy interiors.
Double salmon and mix the two dark sauces.... best on thelist... its the third place in my staple diet in Singapore. Prices here start from less than $5.50AUD.... with Wagu Pepper Steak at $9AUD... cheaper than cooking at home...
I'd planned to visit this restaurant since its opening. Went with kids today with a promotional voucher for a free beef pepper rice if ordered with a main dish. Voucher exp date was for today, but they refused to honour their own voucher, stating "it was company policy to change the exp date from 01/02/15 to 31/01/15. What does that mean?? Even before we had ordered anything, we were already disappointed. We went across the road and spent $80 on yummy yumcha. Poor customer service and business sense Pepper Lunch!