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Published June 14th 2014
Experience authentic Japanese cuisine
Image courtesy of Tomiko Japanese Steak House
If it wasn't at the recommendation of a friend knowledgeable in Japanese cuisine and culture, it is likely I would never have tried the authentic Japanese dining experience that Tomiko Japanese Steak House offers.
On entering Tomiko, one of the first impressive sights to greet guests (apart from genuinely friendly and polite staff) is the sushi train – another unique part of Japanese culture and cuisine.
With an expansive menu on offer, including a degustation menu, my friend recommended we try Tomiko's teppanyaki cuisine, explaining when it's done right it's truly worth the experience, time and money and he wasn't wrong!
For starters, we dined on gyoza – pan fried pork and vegetable dumplings (absolutely heavenly). Sapporo premium beer seemed to be the beverage of choice. There's a great range of Japanese alcoholic beverages – namely the notorious sake and the delicate umeshu (a Japanese plum wine best served cold, on ice – reminiscent of plum schnapps but more pure and delicate).
Tomiko Japanese Steak House specialise in teppanyaki and other authentic Japanese cuisine such as these delectable gyoza dumplings. Image courtesy of Tomiko Japanese Steak House.
With so much choice on offer from the teppanyaki menu alone, as seafood lovers, we selected a dozen Coffin Bay oysters, followed by the seafood combination (lobster tail, scallops and calamari) – all cooked to perfection by Tomiko's expert chef on the massive (and impressive) teppanyaki hotplate.
The word teppanyaki is derived from two Japanese words: 'teppan' (meaning: iron plate) and 'yaki' (meaning: grilled).
All of Tomiko's teppanyaki meals are accompanied with miso soup (a miso paste broth with fresh bean curd, mushroom and seaweed), sea salad (fresh seasoned seaweed on baby leaf) and chahan (Japanese fried rice). Our meal was also accompanied by barbequed whole soybeans which served as an appetiser between dishes.
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At Tomiko Japanese Steak House, one of the highlights of dining teppanyaki style is the communal setting. The two of us were seated with another couple and a lively group of 5 'well travelled' guests which further enhanced the sociable atmosphere.
We all selected different menu options and it was inspiring to watch our teppanyaki chef prepare our dishes to order with ease and perfection. Dishes were accompanied with sauces but to be honest, the dishes alone did not need them, being marinated in their natural gravy (the teppanyaki oysters were a perfect example – absolutely sublime).
If you can limit your alcohol intake, expect to invest $150 for a teppanyaki dinner for two. We lashed out with the Sapporo and umeshu and our bill came to $180 – all in all, not bad for an authentic Japanese experience within the beautiful setting of Glenelg's Marina Pier.