Advantages Great, theatrical experience and incredibly delicious food
Disadvantages A bit on the pricey side, probably not suitable for young children
Honestly, I’m an incredibly fussy eater, so eating out with me can be a bit of a nightmare. I try to avoid causing a fuss as much as possible, by ordering something simple and picking out anything I don’t like, so a lot of people don’t really notice, but my lovely closest friends know eating out can be tricky for me and always (despite my protestations) go out of their way to make sure I’m happy with a restaurant choice. When one of my besties suggested a group outing to Teppanyaki, I wasn’t sure as I had never tried this type of food, but she assured me it would be right up my street.All I had heard about the place in advance was that it was quite pricey, and that the chefs cooked the food in front of you on a hotplate. This sparse information was nowhere near enough to prepare me for the experience I had that evening!
~~~Getting there~~~We went on a Saturday night, and as there were six of us we had booked in advance. The restaurant is right on the edge of Leeds city centre, about a fifteen minute walk from the train station and ten from the bus station. There’s no dedicated parking but plenty of street parking and private car parks nearby. It’s just round the corner from Leeds Grand Theatre, down an unassuming flight of stairs underneath a bar called Sandinista. When you go in, you cross a little bridge over a fish pond which is nice to look at, and you reach the bar/waiting area. When we got there we took a seat to wait for the rest of the party, have a drink and peruse the menu. The waitress was really attentive, coming over as soon as a new party member arrived to take a drinks order, and the drink came promptly. Even though the last member of our party didn’t arrive until twenty minutes after the time our table was booked for (which we felt terrible about) we weren’t pressured to get started without them.
The waiting area is screened off from the dining area, so that we couldn’t see what was going on. This really heightened the anticipation for me, as through the screen we could hear flames rushing up, chefs shouting and the guests roaring with laughter. Suddenly I started to feel a lot more excited about the visit! The waitresses in kimono, the Japanese style furnishings and the trickle of the fish pond all added to the atmosphere, making it all more of an experience than the usual meal out.~~~The menu~~~
When it comes to the menu, there’s a choice between picking out appetisers and mains separately, or going for a set menu. To get the best value I’d really recommend going for a set menu, as you do get a lot of bang for your buck when you do. It’s a huge menu and there’s absolutely tons of choice, though. Appetisers include dishes such as filleted chicken wings, deep fried breaded pork (sounds healthy), soups, king prawns and meat skewers and range from £4-£8 per dish. There’s a tempura section featuring seafood and vegetables (£8-£11), and a sushi/sashimi section featuring various unsavoury sounding dishes (including ‘poached spa eel’ which will set you back £17.
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