A communications student living in Melbourne with a passion for food and the written word.
Published August 20th 2012
If you are curious like me about how your food is being prepared and what goes into it exactly, then you will love Teppansan - an inconspicuous Japanese Cafe in the city, tucked away among a row of diverse restaurants on Russell Street.
Modestly decorated with red paper lanterns and a large wall mural, the first thing you will notice when you step in is the open kitchen that takes up almost half of the ground floor. A row of piping hot grills, where meat and vegetables sizzle alike, dominate the kitchen. The highlight, however, is the sushi and sashimi counter where the resident sushi chef, Dong, works his magic. Watch him twist slices of salmon, tuna and kingfish into intricate roses for the Assorted Sashimi ($14.50), or attempt to pick up the slippery Salmon Crown Rolls (2 for $7) with your chopsticks without dropping them on the table.
If you are simply looking for a tasty meal that would not leave a hole in your pocket, the $7 lunch specials are a must try. With a selection of rice, noodle and okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake) dishes, you will be spoilt for choice. Be warned, though, that the massive lunch crowds every day will mean a longer waiting time for your food. So ask the waitress to serve up some hot roasted rice tea in your own personal teapot for just $1.60 while you enjoy the complimentary Miso Soup, and you will be set till your order arrives.