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Tokyo Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

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by Anthea Lau (subscribe)
A sensual bon vivant who apparently has a flair for art and style. Originally from Hong Kong, studying and enjoying life in Sydney. More posts and photos at
Published January 2nd 2012
"Be prepared to catch your own food" - at Tokyo Teppanyaki, you can very well expect an American style of teppanyaki above the traditional Japanese grill. The restaurant offers delicious food with a fun twist, offering you a pleasurable dining and entertaining experience.

Both a la carte and sets were offered on the lunch menu. The $25 special lunch set has been on promotion recently; we decided to have the teppanyaki chicken and a few extras.

Tokyo Teppanyaki

Sushi and sashimi were served ahead. The California rolls carried an exceptionally good balance of flavours. As usual, wrapped in rice and seaweed sheets are avocado, crab meat and cucumber. Nonetheless, the layer of fresh salmon on top of each roll was tender and melts in the mouth, which was a real delight.

After the California rolls came the flavoursome assortment of sashimi including salmon, tuna and king fish. The quality seafood was fresh and plump, and did not fail to impress either.

California Roll

The teppanyaki set had taken over the spotlight as soon as our chef of the day arrived to the table. He carried a tray of food and sauces, as well as the utensils needed from the preparation room. Having set out all the ingredients, he began to flip his knife skilfully and heat up the oil on the iron plate. Being curious, we inquired into his background; to our surprise and amazement, he claimed to have first picked up his skills from Youtube - it appears there are many inspiring teppanyaki masters throughout the web.

As our table was located near the iron plate, I could clearly view the entire cooking process at ease. The chef served us stir fry bean sprouts at first, followed by the marination of the sizeable chicken.

While the chicken was still being cooked on aside, he quickly fried up some eggs, spread the mixture into a sheet, and rolled the eggs into a long roll. The roll of eggs was then chopped into smaller individual pieces. "Are you ready for some game time?", he suggested. Excited, we certainly accepted his proposition. In fact, it was a very simple 'game' - catching pieces of fried egg. The chef would cast the pieces of eggs into the air, whereas we had to attempt to catch them solely by our mouths.

Unfortunately I was not able to catch my eggs, which was somewhat a waste. "Let's play one more round", said the chef as he had finished with the fried rice. Five bowls were prepared for each of us, where only one of them was filled with rice. I initially panicked a bit, but once again reassured myself by choosing to trust him.

We captured the empty bowls before the actual one with fried rice. I was successful with the first few, and aimed to concentrate closely on the last one and - "pop", the rice landed beautifully in my hands. Forget those times when your mother told you not to mess around with your food, at Tokyo Teppanyaki, all these rules are non-existent. Undoubtedly there were hits and misses in those sessions, nevertheless we truly had an enjoyable time.

Cooking teppanyaki chicken

Game time

Fried rice

Situated in Chapel Street, the heart of South Yarra, Tokyo Teppanyaki has a wonderful selection of Japanese cuisine. With its friendly and professional services, the restaurant is a nice place to relish great food and fun with friends.
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Why? Great Japanese teppanyaki food and fun with friends
When: Anytime
Where: 536 Chapel Street, South Yarra 3141
Cost: Approximately $11 - $25
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