Disclosure: I was invited by Chinesebites.com to attend a media tasting at Teppan Kitchen. Opinions are my own.
If you’re a fan of Teppan Kitchen at the Aberdeen Centre Food Court, you’ll be happy to know that a new location is now open in Downtown Vancouver. Located at 555 West Hastings inside the Harbour Centre, Teppan Kitchen’s newest location is open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm. On the menu are Japanese-style, sizzling-plate-teppanyaki meals (food cooked on a hot iron griddle). I attended a media event at Teppan Kitchen recently and tried out several of their menu items.
Teppan Kitchen Menu
Teppan Kitchen’s entrees are primarily noodle and rice-based with different toppings. The entrees range from $9 – $13 and you can combo it up with a large drink and miso soup for $1.50. Some items offered are the A’ Grade Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice, Smoked Salmon Pasta with Citrus Cream Sauce, and Seafood Pasta with Tomato Sauce. A few Malaysian-inspired options are the Curry Beef Brisket with Rice, Curry Chicken with Rice, and Seafood Laksa Noodle Soup.
In terms of refreshments, they offered a variety of iced beverages like iced lemon tea, iced matcha honey green tea and more.
The food on the griddle is partially uncooked when it arrives at your table. You just need to stir in all the ingredients and wait for it to cook for a few minutes. In this sense, it’s fast food where you get to do a bit of cooking yourself!
What I Tried
The tasting menu for the event included the following:
- ‘A’ Grade Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice (added cheese + egg)
- Smoked Salmon Pasta with Citrus Cream Sauce
- Seafood Pasta with Tomato Sauce
- Wok Fried Udon with Chicken & Spicy Sausage
- Beef Bolognese Rice with Corn & Egg
- Citrus Grilled Pork Cheek Teppan Rice (added cheese + egg)
- Curry Beef Brisket with Rice
- Hainanese Chicken with Rice
- Seafood Laksa Noodle Soup
- Iced beverages (iced matcha honey green tea and iced lemon ribena)
The dishes I enjoyed the most were the the A’ Grade Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice, Beef Bolognese Rice with Corn & Egg and Seafood Laksa Noodle Soup. I had tried the first two previously and found to be comforting dishes. I really love dishes that have a lot of sauce to them so these fit my tastes. In particular, the A’ Grade Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice had a nice smokey flavour to it. The Beef Bolognese Rice with Corn & Egg is essentially meat sauce on rice which somehow appealed to me. The corn added a sweet flavour and fun texture to the dishes. Also enjoyable was the Curry Beef Brisket with Rice as the beef was well done and tender.
The Smoked Salmon Pasta with Citrus Cream Sauce had a lot of potential starting off with the al-dente noodles. However, the sauce was just too sweet which I would imagine make it difficult to finish the entree on its own.
Overall Impression of Teppan Kitchen
Teppan Kitchen offers some reasonably priced and comforting sizzling-plate-teppanyaki meals. The A’ Grade Rib Eye Beef Teppan Rice and Beef Bolognese Rice with Corn & Egg are my recommended choices for first-timers. Rating: 4/5