Thursday, April 12, 2012

Teppei Japanese Restaurant

Perhaps I shall let you into my little secret - this little hole in the wall in Orchid Hotel, next to the famous ramen place i.e. Keisuke Tonkotsu King, serves the most awesome Japanese food, especially their tempura and deep fried items, as well as other lovely dishes such as their bara-chirashi. It is all counter-seating, where you can watch the chefs expertly fry their tempura, prepare the chirashi, etc. Teppei himself (the head chef) runs the show, and hails from Fukouka and used to work in Tokyo before setting up shop here. As per the best fastidious Japanese chefs, the quality of the food here is fantastic. He uses top grade quality Japanese rice (he proudly puts it on the wall) and also all sorts of good ingredients.

I would usually come here alone after my gym sessions (They open until 11pm) to eat alone, revelling in some alone time. Love the bara chirashi, which is what I usually order. It's a kaleidoscope of prized cuts of fish already marinated in soy sauce (which means it's good to be eaten), garnishes, that famous Japanese rice, and lovely bursting-with-flavour Ikura for the final touch. Yummy. It may not be the biggest but it's certainly one of the most satisfying. (8.5/10)

A shot of Chef Teppei looking all charming:

As you can see from this photo on the right, the place is relatively small and everyone sits around the chef. 

Big prawn kushige
What this place is famous for, however, is its tempura and deep fried items. The big prawn kuishige is breaded and then deep fried to a crisp, while retaining the prawn flavours and succulent meat inside. One of the best. (8/10)

And you shouldn't miss out on the tempura - it's just yummy. Very light batter and very delicious, each piece is deep fried to order. The sweet potato, especially, is an item of beauty - so crisp on the outside and sweet on the inside, as it comes from Japan. Lovely, lovely stuff. (8/10). 

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