Com­pelling chefs play to the crowd @ Tony’s

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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 tep­pa­

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.

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