Compelling chefs play to the crowd @ Tony’s
In many restaurants the action in the kitchen is well hidden out back behind swinging doors through which waiters, arms laden with plates, skilfully manoeuvre.
The opposite is true @ Tony’s Teppan Yaki Japanese restaurant.
It’s the skills of the chefs you get to witness first hand. There’s upclose-and-personal, faced with the speed of this theatrical sizzle a mere metre from your nose, or the view from further back at a table where the entire drama of the teppan yaki bar unfolds in a symphony of sizzle.
Knives chime, flames flash and chefs maintain a stoic dignity until a guest erupts with a gasp. Then you might just see the twinkle hit their eye. They know they’ve got the audience almost literally eating out of their palms. This is compelling dining. You wonder if the food you are about to be served can possibly match the excitement of the action on the piping hot grill. It does. Flavours and textures from the freshest of seafoods, the most meltin-your-mouth meats and the satisfying crunch of recently picked vegetables make for the spectacular factor.
To satisfy Kiwis’ lamb fixation, there is a rack artfully done on the grill, scampi has the seafood enthusiasts enthralled and you can even order teppan yaki apple pie.
That sweet experience might just be the clincher that sees some teppan yaki fans becoming weekly visitors.
This month, every night until December 24, the all-you-can-eat teppan yaki special is available.
This is an excellent deal and popular with companies having their end of year staff shout. However it pays to book now as although Tony’s easily seats 80 to 100 guests, it can fill up fast with locals settling in at their favourite tables.
It’s also important to note, soon the hardworking staff @ Tony’s Teppan Yaki are taking a two-week break. The restaurant reopens after Christmas and New Year on January 7.
Weekday lunches are served from noon to 2.30pm and the restaurant opens for dinner every night from 5.30pm with Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights having extended hours until 1am.
@ Tony’s Teppan Yaki is located at 2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead Central, and 85 Riccarton Rd. Phone 03 348 5644 for Ferrymead bookings and 03 341 6608 for Riccarton or discover the handy booking system online at teppanyaki.co.nz.
Flaming brilliant: Chefs offer diners an exciting experience @ Tony’s Teppan Yaki Japanese restaurant.
Sweet surprise: Fruit also gets the star treatment @ Tony’s Teppan Yaki with the chef’s twist on apple pie.