34 Bray St, South Yarra
I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest to Teppankai’s new menu launch event in South Yarra. This is one of the few times I have been invited to a Bloggers’ event and hubby and I had no idea what to expect!
We were greeted warmly by the owner and got seated quickly next to The Food Society and later on Melbourne Hot or Not (nice meeting you guys!). Then the food came thick and fast.
We have several entrees to share, including salmon carpaccio, spicy fish tempura roll, crab roll and Japanese hamburger. All the great intention of a modern Japanese fusion restaurant, but sadly lacked execution, or at least on this night.
Onto the mains: we were given three dipping sauce but with no explanation of what they are. Two of them were sweet and one was salty. I think one of the sweet one was miso, but it was simply too sweet.
As our Teppanyaki chef expertly prepare our dishes for us, I recalled that time when I was one of the Southgate Teppanyaki grill where they throw bowls of rice at you. One hot bowl of fried rice landed on my colleague’s crotch and I was forever scarred by that imagine. Thankfully there is no rice throwing at Teppankai.
To end, we got the sesame “tiramisu”. It was OK. The sesame seeds scattered on top of the tiramisu were toasted and fragrant. The cake in the bottom was slightly dry (as compared to normal tiramisu where the ladyfingers were soaked with coffee and liqueur), but nothing drastically bad about this dessert I suppose.
Thank you Teppankai for inviting us to this blogger event and please see The Food Society’s post of Teppankai here