Teppei Japanese Restaurant
Posted May 5, 2013on:
This small and cosy 18-seater Japanese eatery has been steadily gaining a reputation for having one of the longest reservation lists for a place of its size.
I didn’t think much of it until I actually tried to make a reservation for dinner on the Christmas week in 2012…only to end up getting a slot for yesterday, 4 months later, which of course I took!
The other thing that draws people to Teppei is the fact that their omakase sets, which go for $40, $50, & $60, are extremely value-for-money, going by the variety and number of courses.
Chef Yamashita Teppei is quite the jovial person, and judging by all the blog posts on Teppei out there, I’d say that he probably changes at least 50% of dishes each time you go, with seasonal variations too.
On my visit, I went straight for the $60 omakase and got 19 courses, if you count every single different item as 1 course each.
Some of the interesting dishes I had was the toro hand roll with tempura crisps inside, Japanese goose barnacles, Japanese ice plant, and the stir-fried wagyu slices. But there were also others that I didn’t particularly fancy.
Overall I’d say that Teppei is indeed value-for money, with a nice enough variation in dishes so you probably won’t get bored trying this place a few times.
Definitely give Teppei a try if you want something different, and if you like the experience, be sure to make your reservation for the next visit at the end of the meal because you’ll probably have to wait another 3-4 months to return.