Tokyo Teppanyaki plus a Gourmet Giveaway

Tokyo Teppanyaki is a Chapel street stalwart to the extent that MTV can even remember going there for his 18th birthday.  It was a blast from the past to return last week and see the waiting staff racing between tables clad in kimonos and chefs firing up vast teppanyaki grills at each table.  This is a restaurant where the extractor fans really get a work out.  
Our chef in action at Tokyo Teppanyaki
I used a voucher I was given by Groupon to book the dinner at Tokyo Teppanyaki and I have to admit I was a little wary about using the voucher.  I had a bad experience previously with the site where a discount voucher was only available for limited times which made it almost impossible to use.   Things must have improved as the deal for Tokyo Teppanyaki was really flexible and could be used any time of the week.  It also offered a significant saving of $100 for a Kobe set for two and a flask of sake rather than the standard cost of $210 for the lot.  
Sushi and sashimi
Unfortunately while the Groupon voucher delivered the food at Tokyo Teppanyaki didn’t.  Things didn’t start off to badly with a cloudy, salty miso soup complete with chunks of seafood and some not bad quality sushi and sashimi.  
Lamb cutlet
However once the teppanyaki chef came out and started cooking it was clear that the quality of the produce used was not great.  The chicken used for the teriyaki was rubbery while wagyu steak was more gristly than marbled.   There was also a monotony in the sauces used by the chef which made many of the courses taste the same whether it was prawns or chicken.  
Fried rice and wagyu steak
The $100 price tag does include a lot of food and the theatre of watching a chef grill and dice in front of you is undeniable.  What’s more Tokyo Teppanyaki is a great restaurant for a big group out for a boozy night as there is lots of amusement to be had from the chefs’ throwing omelettes, rice and even bowls at customers.  However if you are actually interested in eating quality Japanese food it’s best to go elsewhere.  
Creme brulée for dessert 
The good news is that the nice people at Groupon have given me a $50 voucher to give away to a Gourmet Chick reader.  Hopefully whoever wins it chooses somewhere better to use their voucher than I did.  Here are the rules: 
  • To enter the competition to win the $50 Groupon Voucher leave a comment below. If you don’t have a blog please make sure you leave an email address or Twitter name in the comment so I can contact you if you win, or email me directly on missgourmetchick[at]gmail[dot]com if you don’t want to leave details on your comment.
  • Sorry, competition only open to Australian residents.  
  • Competition to win the $50 voucher closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on Monday 1 July  2012.
  • A winner of the tickets will be selected using and the winner will be announced on Gourmet Chick on Wednesday 3 July 2012. 
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Details: Tokyo Teppanyaki, 536 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141 (Ph: 03 9826 2375)
Damage: Pricey. $100 for two with Groupon voucher. 

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  1. … comment
    keep up the great reviewing

  2. How disappointing re. the food – at least the overall experience sounds like it was relatively enjoyable. I’ve never used Groupon but it sounds like they were also a good buy for this experience

  3. Hilarious – I was a regular here in the early 90s, it was the “cool place” to go for our work social events (back in the days when I was an accountant!) At the time I thought it was the height of sophistication and exoticism.

  4. Back home in Asia, some of my fondest childhood memories being my dad bringing us to one of these restaurants, and I remember going ooh and aahh as the chefs cooked up these plates of food right before our eyes with their odd metal scrapers. Sorry this didn’t turn out too well, but at least you had a voucher (:

  5. Lol, shame about the food, but love a good show 😛

  6. Ah! I’ve gone past that place a million times but never eaten there. From your review, probably a good thing that I haven’t! I’ve always loved Teppanyaki Inn on Collins street, although it’s been over 10 years since I’ve visited so not sure if it’s still as good as I remember.

    It’s good to hear that you had a good experience with the Groupon voucher – I tend to avoid those because of bad things I’ve heard from friends about them, and bad experiences I’ve had with them (particularly for salon treatments).

  7. Zannen (‘too bad’ or ‘what a shame’ in Japanese) – although now settled in Richmond, I lived in Japan for a few years and have been eyeing off that place for a while. Ah well, at least you didn’t pay retail!


  8. All amazing dishes. lovely feast !

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