There are a few kinds of specific Japanese cuisines that people often miss: binchotan-grilled yakitori, tucked-away ramen joints and, the more performance-based type of dining experiences, teppanyaki grills.
The concept of teppanyaki is for the chef to use specialised anmako spatulas to prepare a range ingredients on a heated iron grill, putting together a set course of dishes. The beauty of the teppanyaki is the unique style each kimono-clad chef brings to the table — from dramatic fire displays to tossing ingredients in the air and spinning spatula tricks. Here are some of the best teppanyaki experiences in Hong Kong.
Island Shangri-La houses the first Nadaman outpost outside of Japan and offers fine kaiseki-ryori cuisine. Ranging from chicken, seafood, beef or vegetarian menus, the five-course sets for lunch or nine-course sets for dinner covers a range of high-quality Japanese favourites. Also available is a wide variety of sushi and plenty of premium sake. Our favourite? The sliced sirloin rolled with garlic and spring onions.
Nadaman, various locations including Island Shangri-La, Level 7, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2820 8570
I M Teppanyaki & Wine
As the only Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant in Hong Kong, I M Teppanyaki & Wine has a lot to brag about. Serving up an incredible roster of premium ingredients such as A5 Japanese beef and foie gras flown in from Miyazaki, the contemporary restaurant goes a step further and allows customers to choose their own teppan chef. Lunch sets range begin from HK$180 while dinner sets lean a little more on the pricer side.
I M Teppanyaki & Wine, 1/F, Golden Wheel Plaza, 68 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, +852 2570 7088
Crown Super Deluxe
Black Sheep’s Crown Super Deluxe offers a lavish teppanyaki affair with a prime focus on quality beef. Featuring three teppans within a nostalgic 60s Tokyo-inspired interior, this kobe teppanyaki offers premium A5 Wagyu, USDA Prime, Australian Wagyu among a fragrant garlic fried rice and teppan lobster coated in creamy coral butter. The experience is never truly over until after a visit to the dessert and whisky lounge.
Crown Super Deluxe, Mezzanine, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 8434
God of Teppanyaki
The contemporary backdrop of Mount Fuji will instantly transport you to the very streets of Japan, when stepping into the moody arena of God of Teppanyaki. An intimate space, this cosy spot imparts a personal ambience between diners and expert teppna chefs. The Tsubaki Teppanyaki set is a true haute Japanese experience; thee 10-course set begin from three types of sashimi and follows through with South African Abalone, white cod fish, A5 Wagyu sliced beet, before finishing with sugar toast as dessert.
God of Teppanyaki, various locations including 30/F, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2817 7767
Shikigiku’s range of kaiseki menus offer several Japanese delicacies such as tempura, teppanyaki, sushi and meat. With interiors adorned with Edo-style Japanese artwork set against the breathtaking backdrop of Victoria Harbour, Shikigiku’s atmosphere adds to an unforgettable experience. The Shikigiku Special Kaiseki, a seven-course set, is one to try; in particular, the creamy steamed egg custard with sakura shrimp.
Shikigiku, 4/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2805 0600
IE Sushi and Teppanyaki
The initials ‘I-E’ of IE Sushi and Teppanyaki translates to ‘Home’ in Japanese (いえ), a dining concept that’s anchored on offering an intimate, homey dining experience within modern Japanese interiors. The restaurant currently offers a special summer dinner menu topped unique dishes such as foie gras and peach confiture served in a Japanese style waffle, along with classic serves — French Blue lobster and Miyazki wagyu — seared on teppans.
IE Sushi and Teppanyaki, Shop 510, Level 5, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, +852 2633 0111
While Matsubishi is located partly at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, the unassuming joint is actually sidled next to the busy convention centre; here diners are able to enjoy delicious teppan plates served with a spectacular vantage of the infamous Victoria Harbour. Choose between a choice of two menus: the Special and Matsubishi Course which differ only in its serve of beef — US cuts for the former while prime Japanese beef for the later. Those visiting with a more refined palette, the restaurant also offers a set meal dedicated to eel.
Matsubishi, 3/F, Convention Plaza, Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2824 1298
Unkai Japanese Cuisine
As a traditional Osaka restaurant, Unkai Japanese Cuisine serves a superior sake collection and elegant kaiseki set dinners, along also offering both both private stations and open teppan dining experiences. It’s famed for its award-winning teppanyaki sets but the omakase sushi lunch at its intimate sake and sushi bar is also worth paying a visit too.
Unkai Japanese Cuisine, 3/F, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel, 20 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2369 1111
Header image courtesy of Crown Super Deluxe.