The place was very busy and we were shown to the two seats allocated to us in front of one of the grilling stations.
We were served drinks and were invited to look at the menu for the evening.
The spicy fish tempura roll - lightly tempura battered spicy salmon sushi roll with special sauce and shredded dried chilli was also delicious. The rolls had a delicate crunch and were tasty. The tempura zucchini flower was a touch greasy but still enjoyable.
Kai kani maki - teppan seared crab salad wrapped in nori sheets and barramundi, smothered with secret aioli, flamed with tobiko and drizzled with a sweet soy reduction finally came and we ate it very quickly! Not my favourite as I found the aioli too creamy and a bit too heavy but Steve enjoyed it which I didn't expect as he usually doesn't like things heavy on the mayo.
I thought the egg would be warm but it wasn't and I'm not a fun of cold runny egg so this spoilt it for me. The burger itself was quite salty so have to say not my preferred dish of the night.
Kobe style eye fillet - grain fed local eye fillet seared on the hotplate with a splash of sake, assorted mushroom and a miso dipping sauce was our final course and I was so keen to get it I forgot to take the pictures. Cubes of beef and some mixed mushrooms. Like the seafood it was a pleasant main course.
But we were surprised, this was good. Light sponge, creaminess, sweetness and then toastiness from the black sesame.
Teppankai has a lovely decor and is a fun place to eat whether seated at the grill watching the chefs, tucked away in a corner or at an outside table in the sunshine. It's hard to be creative and a trail blazer with Japanese teppanyaki as there is only so much you can do with a hotplate, soy, sake and butter and a lot of it is down to good produce. So if in the mood for teppanyaki then I would recommend Teppankai as one of the good places to go.
I have had to talk about the delays we experienced in receiving our food but this was a banquet occasion and the whole place became busy at the same time so I'm sure it will be better when the tables are booked at more spaced out times.
Thank you for including us at your relaunch party and we hope to return soon for some teppenyaki action. As has been made obvious, we were non paying guests at this event.