Ballarat has several Japanese-style restaurants, from high-end, authentic Japanese food, to more casual restaurants for group gatherings, such as the Tokyo Grill House. Tokyo Grill House has two branches (Bridge Mall and Sturt St), this review is for the branch at Bridge Mall.
Stepping in, the restaurant has a warehouse-like feel; the walls are bare brick, the pipes are exposed. There are several worn out looking Japanese posters and garments. Teppanyaki is made up of the Japanese words teppan (iron plate) and yaki, which refers to grilled foods. The dining areas for groups are arranged around the teppanyaki grill itself, where the chef will come and prepare the meal in front of you.
For groups, there are different types of teppanyaki sets, serving regular meats such as chicken and beef, to seafood, and wagyu (expensive marbled beef). A sample of a teppanyaki set - the basic set we ordered included miso soup, a small salad, beef and chicken teppanyaki. After the meat was cooked, the chef fried noodles and vegetables on the grill. And finally, we were served a scoop of green tea ice-cream and tea or coffee. Price for a set ranges from $25 to $45 per person.
The teppanyaki was a good way to get together and slowly enjoy the different courses in a meal. Just a tip - don't wear your best clothes to a teppanyaki meal because everything smells of smoke and oil by the end of your meal.
Aside from teppanyaki, there are also other mains and entrées to choose from. For example, the tempura is shown above. Food is average - tasty, but not particularly authentic Japanese food. However it is a fun dining experience, especially for larger groups.