February 9, 2004
It's not that the food is messy, is the games that you play with the food that could be the problem!
Teppanyaki is the Japanese style of cooking food on a flat grill. At Ginza Teppanyaki, the table is arranged around two grills, one for each side, with the chefs in the centre.
If you have ordered from the Teppanyaki set menu (they range in price from AUD$35-$95), you will normally get a few starters, such as miso soup and sushi. Then the chef cooks for you, usually with a lot of style - depending on the chef, you can get one who juggles the cooking implements (a la the movie Cocktail)! The dishes come one after another, and they are all cooked to perfection - beef, prawns, chicken, egg and fried rice!
Now they give you a bib for a reason when you first sit down. It's for the games. Some chefs play more games than others, but there are usually two games.
The first involves the omelet. He rolls up the omelet, and then gets you to open your mouth while he cuts it, aiming the egg at you! Your job is to catch as many omelet pieces as you can without dropping it everywhere! The better you are, the faster he cuts! (There is another version where he gets a piece of omelet on a metal spatula, and gets you to catch it when he tosses it in the air towards you, too!)
The other game involves the fried rice. You're asked to hold an empty bowl, and walk off a number of paces. The chef then gets a bowl full of rice, and tells you to hold out your empty bowl. He then throws the rice-filled bowl at you, for you to catch in the empty bowl!
I can tell you, the floor gets food on it a lot, but it's quickly cleaned up and it's all part of the fun. It's great to watch, and makes for good laughs.
Besides the games, the food is fantastic. I like to eat at Ginza Teppanyaki at least once a year. The service is very good, and it's fully licensed.
I would recommend Ginza Teppanyaki for a special occasion - they often have a Valentine's Day set, which is different from their usual sets, and good value for money.
From journal Melbourne - A City of All Seasons (At Once!)