Riverside Teppanyaki is a beautiful Melbourne restaurant overlooking the Yarra river offers teppanyaki. It is located at 16/18-38 Siddeley St, Docklands, right across from the Melbourne Convention Centre. While Melbourne is home to numerous teppanyaki restaurants our previous experience at Riverside Teppanyaki influenced our decision to visit this establishment once again.
For the uninitiated, Teppanyaki is a kind of Japanese cuisine that uses a teppan (iron plate) to cook food. Modern teppans are generally propane-heated flat surface grills which are used to cook food right in front of guests at restaurants. The teppan is built into the table around which guests sit so they can watch a skilled chef cook food right before their eyes. A big part of teppanyaki is the exquisite showmanship demonstrated by the chef which ensures that your teppanyaki experience is second to none.
On a lovely summer evening, when we pushed open the heavy glass door of the Riverside Teppanyaki and stepped into the warm restaurant we were greeted by a smiley waitress who ushered us to our seats next to the teppan. The menu is thick and lists both ala carte and set menus. The ala carte offerings appeared expensive and the set menu prices started from $55 per head. There are also lunch and dinner specials as well as a kids menu.
After much deliberation we opted for the Deep Sea on the Yarra set menu priced at $78.90 per person. We also ordered 2 extra lobster tails for $50. The ostentatious display of flamboyant sake bottles adorning one whole wall of the restaurant inspired us to order a bottle of Umenoyado Gin Junmai Ginjo sake ($48).
Our warm sake appeared with a flourish which true to our waitress's recommendation had a fruity smell and a delicate rice flavour. The first sip filled me with an oomph which slowly spread all over my body and soul. Sake was followed by the first item on the set menu: Edamame. The steamed and salted baby soya beans in the pod were quite appetising. The freshly shucked wafu oysters were drizzled with ponzu dressing which had a somewhat tangy taste.
Our chef Mark started off with flaming the Flaming Number One Special crab salad with avocado wrapped in Hiramasa kingfish on the teppan with a secret sauce. We watched with fascination as the hot flames engulfed the crab salad rolls and melted the sauce. We eagerly took our chopsticks to sample this dish. As my tongue broke through the soft outer layer of the roll and made its way to the succulent crab meat inside the different layers of diverse flavours oozed and impressed. It was delectable to say the least.
The next dish on the menu was the spicy seafood salad. We watched hungrily as our chef skillfully cooked and chopped up calamari and scallop, drenched them with house made chilli sauce and served them with garden fresh greens and shoyu dressing. It was a delightful dish!
We absolutely loved the deep sea seafood selection king prawn, scallop, kingfish, salmon and calamari which were grilled to perfection and were served with veggies. The seafood was fresh, juicy and lip-smacking. We took our time as we slowly savoured every morsel of the seafood.
We turned our mind to the red and white miso soup which was fulsome and flavoursome. The garlic rice on the other hand was not that exciting.
It took some time for our lobster tails to appear. Three chefs were looking after all the guests which put some strain on them however, our talented chef Mark conducted himself amicably and made sure amazing flavours made up for the delay. The atmosphere was vibrant and animated conversation and loud laughters impregnated the air as everyone relished their food and enjoyed the showmanship of the chefs.
The highlight of the evening was certainly the lobster tails. Our chef expertly cooked the lobster tails on the teppan, shucked them and chopped the meat into big chunks of divine goodness. Every mouthful of the fresh and tender lobster meat was serenaded with oohs and aahs.
By this time we were full and loosened our belts to make way for the last dish on the menu. The chef's special dessert turned out to be the crème caramel. The buttery, softness of the crème caramel was moreish and was an excellent way to conclude our gastronomic journey.
If you have an Entertainment Book then you can get upto 25% off total bill. The discount certainly helps in enhancing the experience. Our bill of $250 was brought down to $200 after the discount.
We couldn't fault our sumptuous dinner at Riverside Teppanyaki. Some teppanyaki chefs tend to encourage guests to participate by tossing cooked rice and eggs which the guests are supposed to catch in small bowls. But Riverside Teppanyaki is too elegant for such messy affair and refrains from throwing food at patrons which won my tick of approval.The lively and cosy ambiance, attentive service and delicious food and drinks in conjunction with enthralling theatrics made for a night to remember. The food was expensive but it was worth it. The only regret we had is that big pillars were obstructing our view of the Yarra.
Our squeaky clean plates testament to a good meal (Image by Joy)
Teppanyaki is a culinary journey which needs to be experienced and celebrated. If you have not tried it already or looking for a good teppanyaki place, Riverside Teppanyaki is a wonderful place to start.