We like to party…
So if you have a birthday to celebrate or just want a fun evening out, I would recommend you try out Sapporo Teppanyaki. It’s all a bit bizarre, as Sapporo is the main city on the Northern Island of Japan and although the meal is meant to be Japanese-style, not one person in the restaurant was Japanese and in the 5 years I lived there, I never had a show-and-play with the food. What I loved though, was sitting in front of a massive hot steel plate and having a personal waiter come to the table to cook for you right in front of your nose.
There are a lot of places that have these kinds of seating arrangements in Japan – but normally the waiter brings you something and you cook it yourself. Typically this would be okonomiyaki. Here in Liverpool, you choose some tasty starters (we got gyoza meat-filled dumplings and a plate of tempura – basically a random load of deep-fried prawns and veggies).
Everything tasted very fresh and came with some lovely sauces. My favourite was definitely the white garlin sauce – om nom nom!
The fun part of the experience is the waiters. They throw around their knives and bottles, chuck food into (or near) your mouth for giggles and will set the entire table on fire. I caught a pretty smashing photo of that actually…
It was quite hard to pick what we wanted from the menu, in the end we got terriyaki chicken, duck and pork and I’m a little sad we didn’t order the salmon as it looked amazing. It is cooked in front of you and then you get a bowl of rice and noodles alongside it.
It’s a bit of fun if you don’t mind getting a potato thrown at your head (happened to me without any warning) and sharing tables is okay with you. We went with my dad (second from left) and his best friend and his wife (sadly we didn’t get a photo of all of us). It’s a good giggle for a celebration and next time I’m wearing a hat to protect my head and ordering the salmon!