We'd left it too late to make a reservation for a lot of our favourite places. Our usual teppanyaki joint Koko couldn't fit us in. We also thought about Nobu but no can do. We live in Southbank so really wanted somewhere quite local and so I remembered this Miyako. A quick phone call later and w had a place for the four us in an hours time.
Initial service was warm enough and courteous. We were shown to our corner of the teppanyaki set up. The actual hot plate the chefs cook on was set to a slight angle whereas I'm used to them working directly in front of us.
We opted for a set banquet and an additional sashimi platter to share. The sashimi platter was generously sized and pretty decent - salmon, tuna, kingfish, fatty salmon, some roe and other things.
The chef took his time coming out to us and we found the service attentive but overall slow.
The chef cooked us a lamb cutlet each which was accompanied by a raspberry, mint and rosemary dipping sauce. The lamb was cooked slightly pink and was juicy and tender.
We also enjoyed chicken teriyaki and steak with a sesame and peanut sauce. I found the teriyaki slightly over sweet but I was still happy to eat it all. The steak was juicy just like the lamb but I wasn't overly keen on the sauce so chose to have it with raspberry sauce.
The chef also prepared some stirfried veg and fried rice. I tend to like my rice with my meat but this was served after all the meat was cooked. I was more accepting of this though as the rice was very tasty and flavoursome enough to eat as a separate course.
Of course the chef played the obligatory games with us including egg throwing, speedy omelette making, bowl catching which makes teppanyaki a fun night out with friends. The good thing about Miyako is the food is pretty decent too.
Our last course was a scoop of green tea icecream that came with a chocolate fudge like roll. The chocolate was a bit too sticky for me but the icecream was fresh and creamy.
It was a good place to take our friends as an introduction to Melbourne as we had fun and enjoyed some decent produce.