Theatrical Show – Tokyo Teppanyaki + Groupon Giveaway *WINNER ANNOUNCED*

Coupons :) They’re every where now ~ there are so many websites that sell them. I will be the first to put my hand up and say I’m addicted to coupons hahaha I love buying and using them. Main reason because they give me the chance to try new places and new experiences for a discounted price :) But having said that, there are some things I rarely buy on coupon sites…and one of them would be restaurant deals…I have had a couple of bad experiences. That’s why to be very honest, when Groupon first approached and asked if I was interested in trying out on of their restaurant deals and wasn’t sure if I should do it.

Tokyo Teppenyaki

Tokyo Teppanyaki

But then I saw that Winston (The Hungry Excavator) reviewed Tokyo Teppanyaki through Groupon’s coupon and really enjoyed his experience :) Do check out the video his friend made it’s quite amusing and seems like a fun experience. So I agreed and decided to also try Tokyo Teppanyaki, there were other restaurant available but I knew Mr Bao would enjoy Japanese the most.

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I used the code Groupon gave me to purchase the voucher for this deal and called up to make a reservation. Unfortunately, the voucher was only available at lunch time and they are only open at lunchtimes on the weekends, so we made a booking on a Saturday at 12pm perfect for brunch. I had driven past and dined as so many restaurants around Tokyo Teppanyaki and knew exactly where it was, as it is situated in the centre of Chapel St, I suggest you going early to find parking. We were very lucky and found parking right in front of the restaurant :)

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Upon walking in, we found the little bridge quite amusing as you had to walk past it to into the restaurant. We were immediately greeted by the manager, who asked us for our Groupon voucher. She then led us to the table and placed us in between a family of four and and another couple next to us. I felt it was a little cramped and it would have been nicer if they had given us more room and not fill the whole table up.

Mixed entree - sushi, fried chicken and springroll

Mixed entree – sushi, fried chicken and springroll

Nearly instantaneously, a waitress came over and put a little plate of picked beansprouts and carrots in front of us along with a small plate of entree which consist of a piece of sushi, fried chicken and spring roll. We were impressed at how fresh and crunchy the fried chicken was and really liked the sauce that came with it, which tasted like a mixture of Kewpie mayonnaise and soy sauce.

Miso soup

Miso soup

Next it was the miso soup, thank gosh it wasn’t too salty as most Japanese restaurants serve it, having said that I would have liked a little tofu in the soup ~

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Soon our Teppanyaki Chef came over, he was a friendly man joking with us and asking if we’ve had Teppanyaki before, it created a relaxed environment. First dish was tiger prawn which was super fragrant but found it to be slightly overcooked.

TIger Prawn

TIger Prawn

The chef was able to cut the calamari into thin strips and also control how well it was cooked,  still amazes me the amazing knife skills Teppanyaki chef’s have and their ability to resist heat :)

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The calamari was immediately our favourite ~ it was super tender and not at all rubbery! Simply seasoned with some butter, you could really taste the grilled flavour :)

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

We then moved onto the teriyaki chicken which I am a fan of :) I love the sticky and sweetness from teriyaki hehe ~ you can see how glossy the chicken was coasted with the teriyaki sauce ~ Very well cooked and seasoned yum!

Sake

Sake

The food then stopped for a little while, where the waitress came and delivered the warm sake included in the offer. We don’t drink very much sake but found this to be quite strong but really liked that it was warm and left a sweetish aftertaste.

Tenderloin Steak

Tenderloin Steak

Next up it was the tenderloin steak, sorry about the messy plate, they didn’t change our plates throughout the whole meal, so by the end we got the tenderloin steak it was full of sauce :P This tenderloin steak was very nice and better quality than we expected, however, Mr Bao did comment that he wished it was taken off the heat a minute or so earlier, as it was more ‘medium-welldone’ and not ‘medium-rare’. He can be so picky *rolls eyes*

Sauce

Sauce

While I really liked dipping the steak in the red sauce in the middle which was the onion and tomato sauce ~ they two just paired up really well.

Warm sake

Warm sake

There was another short break while the chef got ready for the ‘theatrical show’ :) we continued to enjoy the warm sake, that was placed on the corner of the teppanyaki iron plate ~ very creative never thought of keeping the sake warm like this hehe

Bean shoots and carrots

Bean shoots and carrots

Finally some veggies ~ The whole course had been meat based, Mr Bao was  not complaining :P It was simple fried bean shoots and carrots with some soy sauce.

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Now the show begins, the chef cleans the iron griddle plates and starts by throwing around an egg and spinning it ~ he then threw it up and cracked it :D

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He then made a omelette with the end and cut little strips off and started throwing it to customers and asked us to eat it with our mouths open and without any utensils ~

Throwing omelette pieces ~

Throwing omelette pieces ~

LOL as you can see the gentleman sitting across was had a good time and tried so hard by opening his mouth extremely wide. He didn’t get it the first two times, but finally got it the third time ~ we had really bad lighting on our side, so I couldn’t take a decent picture of Mr Bao trying to eat it.

Rice bowl throwing ~

Rice bowl throwing ~

It was then rice bowl throwing hahaha the chef tried it out on the little girl sitting across us first, he throws an empty rice bowl first and then another and eventually the third one is full of rice! Unfortunately, Mr Bao dropped his :P but i managed to catch up! YAY!

Fried Rice

Fried Rice

The last course was the fried rice with pieces of egg, spring onion and little pieces of carrots. It was good, however, it was a little dry and overcooked because the Chef had left it on the griddle for a couple of minutes while we were playing the throwing rice bowl game. I think it would have been better if he had served the rice first before the game :)

Because we only got the voucher for two we didn’t get ice-cream :( it would have been really nice if we were able to end the meal with something sweet.

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Overall, Mr Bao and I enjoyed our teppanyaki lunch, food was good, staff was friendly and attentive and the chef was very talented and funny. We never expected such a theatrical show and thought it was a great way to get the whole table to interact with each other and the chef :)

Now to the giveaway :) Thanks to Groupon one lucky reader is going to get a $50 voucher to spend on anything Groupon deals ~

To enter this giveaway:
– Leave a comment and tell me if you have tried Japanese Teppanyaki before and do you like it? :)
– For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
– Giveaway ends on the 31st of January
– You may reenter daily, one entry a day
– Winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on this blog and notified via email
– Please ensure you enter a valid email address
– Open to all Australian residents (Sorry International Readers)

WINNER ANNOUNCED

Congratulations Benjamin you are the winner of this giveaway!

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Daisy and Mr Bao@Nevertoosweet dined at Tokyo Teppanyaki as guests of Groupon.

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137 thoughts on “Theatrical Show – Tokyo Teppanyaki + Groupon Giveaway *WINNER ANNOUNCED*

  1. Narelle Rock January 4, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    I have never tried it, but it looks amazingly yummy!

  2. Narelle Rock January 4, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

    follow on Twitter @narellerock

  3. Narelle Rock January 4, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

    Like On Facebook (Narelle Rock)

  4. Candice January 4, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply

    I have never tried Japanese Teppenyaki before. It is on my to do list for 2013!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm Reply

      It’s definitely a great experience :) I bet you will enjoy it ~

  5. hotlyspiced January 4, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    I’ve been to Teppanyaki before and it’s great theatre and like you say, it gets the whole table involved. I very much admire those chefs as I’m not sure I could cook under that sort of pressure xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm Reply

      I definitely agree :D I would never be able to cook and entertain at the same time and make it look so effortless hehe ~ I failed at catching the fried rice though :P xox

  6. milkteaxx January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am Reply

    oh very nice! i havent had teppanyaki in years, the chefs are amazing! i too love teriyaki chicken!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm Reply

      Me too I love teriyaki chicken too :) It’s always fascinated me how they are able to cook on such a flat surface hehe ~

  7. Julie January 4, 2013 at 11:39 am Reply

    not an entry: Teppanyaki freaks me out lol! shame about the sitting space :( ! the chicken looks so good *drools*

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply

      Yeah the seating arrangements was the only bad thing :( The chicken and calamari was our favourite ~

  8. Effie Bakkalis January 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply

    I have never tried Japanese Teppanyaki before, but I’d love to!
    I also already follow you on facebook and twitter :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm Reply

      Thanks for the support :) I hope you get to try Japanese Teppanyaki soon ~ it’s a great experience being able to interact with the chef :D

  9. libishski January 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm Reply

    I got an email from a Groupon representative but never got around to replying haha. Oops.

    I’ve only ever had teppanyaki once and that was at Benihana on the Gold Coast. Not something I’d be going to every week but definitely worth trying. Plus, it’s heaps of fun! :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet January 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm Reply

      HAHAHA I do that too :) See emails and mean to reply but then never get the chance to or i forget :P

      I agree that it’s not an every day or week thing but definitely fun and I love being able to see the chefs do it in front of us ~

  10. anastasiastarz January 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried Japanese Teppanyaki but it does look interested. Like & Followed. ;)

  11. cquek January 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm Reply

    What lovely dishes indeed, TRUE!

  12. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm Reply

    Hehe you guys are so funny! I’m so clumsy that I never even try to catch the rice, because I know that I won’t get it! :P

  13. Norma Chang January 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm Reply

    That is a great dining experience, such fun.

  14. threehanns78 January 5, 2013 at 5:33 am Reply

    I took my family and we all enjoyed the fire, cling , clang, chopping and tasting. Kobe riverside claim to have the largest teppanki table in melbourne and it shows but the chefs are not as entertaining as other places. Groupon, scoupon and living social are very addictive!!

  15. Amber Boyce January 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Yes I’ve tried it and it’s delicious and really fun to watch. There is a real skill to what those chefs do!

  16. Amber Boyce January 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Like on Facebook

  17. Amber Boyce January 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm Reply

    Following on Twitter

  18. ChopinandMysaucepan January 6, 2013 at 3:58 am Reply

    Dear Daisy,

    Teppanyaki is one of my favourite styles of Japanese food because it is so tasty especially the beef and king prawns. Theatrics are quite entertaining too and I always crack up when they write “thank you” on the grill with some salt at the end of the meal. :) :)

  19. Iron Chef Shellie (@IronChefShellie) January 6, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply

    I haven’t been but I’ve walked past it a billion times :P

  20. Ross January 6, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply

    Finally a restaurant where my kids would not be obsessed with their phones the whole time.

  21. Amber Boyce January 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Love Teppanyaki!!

  22. suzanne January 7, 2013 at 11:00 am Reply

    I have never try this but it would be interesting to try and enjoy some good food and it looks awesome

  23. Effie Bakkalis January 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Entering again today; thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Monika Livingston January 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I have never tried Teppanyaki……. but looks like yummy food and a fun experience…

  25. karina w January 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm Reply

    I love having my food thrown at me..and straight into my mouth!

  26. Melissa Jones January 8, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply

    Japanese food is my favourite, but I haven’t tried Teppanyaki. It looks so yummy and fun. New fan & new follower. Thanks for the chance :)

  27. Effie Bakkalis January 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Entering again today; would love to treat hubby to a special lunch!

  28. Soni January 8, 2013 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Have tried and loved!

  29. Amber Boyce January 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Yum!!!

  30. Benjamin T January 9, 2013 at 1:01 am Reply

    I’ve never tried it, but maybe next time I’m in Melbournia. Looks tasty.

  31. Benjamin Travia January 9, 2013 at 1:03 am Reply

    Never tried, but maybe next time I’m in Melbournia.

  32. Benjamin Travia January 9, 2013 at 1:03 am Reply

    I also liked on facebook

  33. Benjamin Travia January 9, 2013 at 1:04 am Reply

    …and followed on twitter (@travodo88)

  34. Melissa Jones January 9, 2013 at 9:58 am Reply

    Today’s entry. Thanks again :)

  35. Effie Bakkalis January 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Entering again today; gotta be in it to win it!

  36. Melissa Jones January 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Back today for another chance. Thanks :)

  37. Benjamin Travia January 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm Reply

    Back for today’s entry…I also accidentally entered twice above (as a tree and as me…)

  38. Amber Boyce January 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm Reply

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed :)

  39. Effie Bakkalis January 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm Reply

    Entering again today; thanks for your great giveaways!

  40. Melissa Jones January 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Hooray, Friday is here! Enjoy your coming weekend.x

  41. Benjamin Travia January 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Back for another entry.

  42. Amber Boyce January 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply

    So yummy!

  43. Benjamin Travia January 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Melbournia has endless wonders like this…Perth not so much.

  44. Amber Boyce January 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Teppanyaki is delicious :)

  45. Effie Bakkalis January 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Back for another entry :)

  46. Amber Boyce January 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply

    These photos are mouth-watering :)

  47. Ross January 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm Reply

    Dinner and a show… at one place.

  48. Effie Bakkalis January 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm Reply

    Entering again today; thanks for your giveaways!

  49. Melissa Jones January 13, 2013 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Back today for another entry, thanks :)

  50. Benjamin Travia January 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm Reply

    Today’s entry. Thanks!

  51. Melissa Jones January 14, 2013 at 10:02 am Reply

    Another week, another entry for today, thanks :)

  52. Effie Bakkalis January 14, 2013 at 11:12 am Reply

    Back for another entry today :)

  53. Benjamin Travia January 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Is this another entry? Yes, yes it is.

  54. Amber Boyce January 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Another day, another entry :)

  55. Effie Bakkalis January 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Back for another entry.

  56. Benjamin Travia January 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Another entry? Don’t mind if I do.

  57. Melissa Jones January 15, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Back another :)

  58. Amber Boyce January 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Another entry :)

  59. Melissa Jones January 16, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

    Happy Hump Day :)

  60. Effie Bakkalis January 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Entering again today!

  61. Benjamin Travia January 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm Reply

    erm what was I here for…that’s right. Another entry.

  62. Amber Boyce January 16, 2013 at 8:24 pm Reply

    An entry for today

  63. Benjamin Travia January 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Another entry, thanks.

  64. Effie Bakkalis January 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Another entry for me too – hope you’re having a nice day!

  65. Melissa Jones January 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Another entry for today :)

  66. Amber Boyce January 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Another entry for today :)

  67. Benjamin Travia January 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Another entry, Thanks

  68. Effie Bakkalis January 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Another entry for me – Friday might be my lucky day!

  69. Melissa Jones January 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Quite hot in Sydney, back for another entry

  70. Benjamin Travia January 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Another entry, thaks.

  71. Effie Bakkalis January 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Another entry for me – hope you’re having a nice weekend!

  72. Amber Boyce January 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm Reply

    New entry for today :)

  73. Effie Bakkalis January 20, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

    Another entry, thank you :)

  74. Benjamin Travia January 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

    You may enter! Thanks.

  75. Amber Boyce January 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm Reply

    An entry for today – thanks

  76. Melissa Jones January 20, 2013 at 11:13 pm Reply

    Today’s entry :)

  77. Effie Bakkalis January 21, 2013 at 11:17 am Reply

    Another entry for me!

  78. Benjamin Travia January 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Entry for today. Cheers.

  79. Melissa Jones January 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm Reply

    Back for today’s entry, thanks :)

  80. Amber Boyce January 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm Reply

    A new entry for today

  81. Effie Bakkalis January 22, 2013 at 11:10 am Reply

    A new entry for today – fingers crossed!

  82. Benjamin Travia January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Today’s entry. Thanks.

  83. Amber Boyce January 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Another Entry :)

  84. Effie Bakkalis January 23, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    Another entry for today – fingers crossed!

  85. FY January 23, 2013 at 11:44 am Reply

    Hi, was about to purchase the groupon voucher for this. Can you tell me if the springrolls were meat based or veg?

  86. fahmi.365 January 23, 2013 at 11:47 am Reply

    Was about to purchase the groupon offer for this. Would love to win the giveaway :)

  87. Melissa Jones January 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Today’s entry, thank you :)

  88. Benjamin Travia January 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Today’s entry. Thanks

  89. Amber Boyce January 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm Reply

    An entry for today :)

  90. Melissa Jones January 24, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    Another entry :)

  91. Effie Bakkalis January 24, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    Another entry, thanks.

  92. Benjamin Travia January 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm Reply

    Today’s entry, thanks

  93. Amber Boyce January 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply

    My entry for today

  94. Clair January 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm Reply

    I’d love to try Teppanyaki. It seems like such a fun way to dine! (girlsaveshouse@gmail.com)

  95. Clair January 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I’ve also liked and followed you on twitter (clair,amber7 – fb and girlsaveshouse on twitter!)

  96. Benjamin Travia January 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Entry for today, thanks

  97. Effie Bakkalis January 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Another entry for me – happy Friday!

  98. Amber Boyce January 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Yummy!

  99. Melissa Jones January 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm Reply

    Today’s entry :) Enjoy your long weekend

  100. Effie Bakkalis January 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

    Another entry for me – happy Australia Day!

  101. Benjamin Travia January 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply

    And another entry.

  102. Amber Boyce January 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

    an entry for me today

  103. Effie Bakkalis January 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Back for another entry today

  104. Benjamin Travia January 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm Reply

    another entry, thankyou.

  105. Amber Boyce January 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Today’s entry

  106. Melissa Jones January 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Entry for today :)

  107. Effie Bakkalis January 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Back for another entry, thanks again :)

  108. Amber Boyce January 28, 2013 at 7:44 pm Reply

    Back for today’s entry

  109. Melissa Jones January 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

    Another day, another entry :)

  110. Melissa Jones January 29, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    Rain finally stops, today’s entry.

  111. Melissa Jones January 29, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply

    Rain finally stops :)

  112. Benjamin Travia January 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Today’s entry.

  113. Renee Ballantyne January 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply

    No never tried but would like to

  114. Effie Bakkalis January 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply

    New entry for today – fingers crossed!

  115. Amber Boyce January 30, 2013 at 1:02 am Reply

    Todays entry

  116. Melissa Jones January 30, 2013 at 11:57 am Reply

    Back for today’s entry, thanks

  117. Benjamin Travia January 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Thanks, today’s entry.

  118. Alllison.R January 30, 2013 at 6:57 pm Reply

    i am yet to try it but would love too, trying to get my daughter out a bit more to try new dinning experiences

  119. Effie Bakkalis January 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm Reply

    New entry for today – thank you

  120. Amber Boyce January 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Todays Entry :)

  121. cher haining January 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm Reply

    Liked and following, I love it its a wonderful, theatrical experience, best to go with a group, more fun than just 2

  122. Charlotte January 31, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    No, I haven’t tried it… It looks fun but I’m a strict vegetarian and most places wouldn’t suit me!
    I like you on FB and follow you on Twitter :)

  123. Effie Bakkalis January 31, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

    Back for another entry – last one!

  124. Benjamin Travia January 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Final entry, phew.

  125. Melissa Jones January 31, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Last entry, thank you :)

  126. Amber Boyce January 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm Reply

    and my last entry :) Thank you

  127. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 2, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply

    Congratulations to the winner! And hehe fun shot of the “catch”! Something that I’ve never quite mastered :P

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm Reply

      Hahhaha I don’t think I’ll ever master the ‘catching’ thing :P

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