Teppanyaki "A dish to delight all five senses" >>Find Teppanyaki RestaurantsCombining the highest quality, carefully selected ingredients with the sight and sound of your dinner sizzling right in front of your eyes makes for a recipe to really whet your appetite! For a dish to dazzle all five senses: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hands (ok, well, chopsticks), then go for teppanyaki. You won't be disappointed. With teppanyaki shops (like Benihana), you can enjoy dinner as entertainment as well as just the food, as they chefs perform and prepare your order right in front of you. You've come to Tokyo, the heart of Japanese cooking. So, since you're here, might as well enjoy one of Japan's delicacies: teppanyaki.
Teppanyaki Menu For teppanyaki, menus are usually course-based rather than a la carte. A typical course consists of Japanese-reared beef steak (Kobe beef, Matsuzaka beef, among others), spiny lobster, abalone, and some kind of vegetables. One of the best things about a course-menu is that even if you speak or read absolutely no Japanese at all, you can still order easily without having to worry about what you're yourself getting into. Usually a given course's price varies based on the quality of ingredients (i.e. more expensive lobster versus a less expensive lobster; what breed of cow or what cut of beef) rather on the kind of ingredient, so even if you pick a less expensive meal, you'll still get all the same things. In other words, you don't have to worry about missing out on the best courses no matter which meal you select; so just pick a meal that matches with what you're willing to spend for dinner and enjoy.
Teppanyaki-ya: the teppanyaki restaurant >>Find Teppanyaki RestaurantsAs most restaurants, on diligent quest for the best tasting and freshest ingredients, which vary (and vary in price) by season, teppanyaki tends towards one of the more expensive meals you can enjoy during your stay in Japan. An average dinner costs between 10,000 and 30,000 yen. This tendency towards high prices also influences where one is most likely to find teppanyaki restaurants: top-floor restaurants in first class hotels and other such places.
Incidentally, the term ‘wagyu' can often be overheard at teppanyaki restaurants. Wagyu, or translated, “Japanese beef” is not simply a cow raised in Japan, it's actually terminology denoting specially reared Japanese beef, carefully fed and raised in special conditions to enhance their natural flavor. Wagyu are, due to these conditions, are hard to raise in large numbers, so not surprisingly, this drives wagyu prices up. Wagyu is juicier than the average cow and are rich in high-grade fat throughout the meat (not simply in unsavory veins), ensuring that the meat is tender and melts in your mouth even after grilling.
As it is all over the world where a country's best foods collect in its cities, Japan's most delicious dishes can be found in her metropolitan areas. Well, since you're in Tokyo, why not savor Japan's highest quality beef: wagyu. It'll be the experience of a lifetime.
A less expensive teppanyaki?Actually, technically speaking, ‘teppanyaki' refers to any dish that is cooked on an iron plate, because the word ‘teppanyaki' is derived from the words ‘teppan,' meaning ‘iron plate' and ‘yaki,' meaning ‘grilled.' So, the term teppanyaki does not only refer to first class, expensive teppanyaki course meals available at five star hotels. Strictly speaking, okonomiyaki and monjayaki are also types of ‘teppanyaki' dishes. So for those of you who are thinking “I want to eat less expensive teppanyaki!' or "I've had Benihana at home. I want to eat a teppanyaki dish that's only available in Japan!" how about trying an okonomiyaki shop or a monjayaki shop?
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