Teppanyaki Chinatown, the first teppanyaki restaurant to open in the UK outside London, is now under new ownership. It’s a place we’ve known and enjoyed for many years and always thought it deserved far greater recognition for the excellence of this essentially very simple and very healthy cooking style.
Teppanyaki Chinatown is not your typical teppanyaki restaurant.
Their focus is to serve outstanding Japanese cuisine and to share with you their authentic teppanyaki cooking culture.
What is authentic teppanyaki? Teppanyaki means "grilling on an iron plate” and that is exactly what you’ll experience. No gimmicks. No tricks. Just high-quality, delicious food.
In 2018 they were named Japanese Restaurant of the Year by the Luxury Travel Guide of Europe.
The award may have come from the Luxury Travel Guide, but the menu is surprisingly affordable with no compromise on quality.
The ingredients in everything are locally sourced; there is a surplus of choice and watching the dishes being prepared definitely gives the experience a different dimension.
This place is perfect for families, parties, or couples looking to be entertained. Less of the gimmicks, but still a riot to behold.
You will be seated at a large table surrounding an iron plate cooking surface where the chef will prepare your meals using fresh ingredients such as meat, seafood, and vegetables, right before your eyes.
This also provides an opportunity for personal interaction with the chef, including a quick talk on how you would like your meal to be cooked.
For anyone who has never experienced the theatrical preparation and the delicious results, the express lunch is the ideal opportunity to try it. And it’s priced just £7.95 a head, including a soft drink, fruit juice or green teaApart from a few nods towards Japan, including a moody landscape of a snow-capped Mount Fuji, the dining area is small and functional, dominated by half a dozen or so steel-topped teppanyaki stoves inset into the seating areas. These are the stages for the cooks, armed with knives and spatulas, to perform their culinary conjuring tricks.