So you are used to fine dining; how about some fun dining?
Teppanyaki is an experience in dining. You walk into the restaurant and the host seats you on a high chair facing a table that extends to be an iron griddle. So, you seat your self and are greeted with a bowl of steaming soup and another one of steamed rice.
The fun begins when the chef comes to the other side of your table, the one that is the iron griddle, and begins cooking your meal. Chop, chop, chop the veggies (green leaves and bean sprouts), sauté them and place them on a silver foil in front of you. Next, he prepares the sauce to your taste – spicy or tangy – it is up to you. Then, he will add the meat of your choice (chicken, prawns, beef, or fish) and sizzle it with the sauce. Plop, it will land on your silver foil. You pick up your chopsticks and dig in!
Burp. That is what I call Japanese satisfaction – with some pepper on top.
PS: Teppan means ‘iron griddle’ and yaki means ‘fried’ in Japanese but interestingly, teppanyaki is not very popular in Japan.
Note: Pictures taken from about.com.