Teppanyaki is really popular in Taiwan now. I’ve been to 2 on my visit, one of them was a more affordable and ordinary $10 Teppanyaki with self served rice, soup and drinks. The second one was Chamonix Teppanyaki, a chained mid-upscale Teppanyaki restaurant.
There’s a set menu and price dining here. It’s a six course meal with 3 appetizers, main course protein, fried rice, dessert, and drink. All for around $35 tax and tips included. Except the first appetizer course, you get to pick the other 2 appetizers, main course meat, dessert and drink. There is also unlimited sparkling grape fruit juice served in a wine glass.
The first appetizer had 2 spoons of hors d’oeuvre, one was smoked salmon, and the other was fruit salad. The most interesting part of this appetizer was the mango soft jelly that looked like an egg yolk (I was really relieved after hearing it wasn’t a raw egg yolk). The mango jelly kind of just pops in your mouth releasing sweet and tangy mango juice. Pretty cool and tasty.
For my appetizers I had seafood soup and soft shell crab salad. The seafood soup came with thinly sliced raw fish fillets in the bowl and the hot soup was poured at my table to cook the fish. The soup tasted tomatoey, and was salty for my taste. The soft shell crab salad was very nice. The crab was nice and crispy, and was sitting on a bed of very yummy mashed sweet yams.
At this point, the chef is already cooking the meat infront of us. There were sirloin steak, seafood combo, duck and chicken to choose from, I picked duck. But before we get started on the main course, we were given a shot of lime slush to cleanse the pallets.
I didn’t realize I’d get a full duck breast. It was cooked perfectly at medium, it was juicy, the skin was crispy and very tasty. Sadly I was unable to finish it because there was just too much of it, and also we were given shrimp fried rice to go with the meats.
When we finished our main course, we were asked to leave the Teppanyaki table and move to the dessert area to have desserts. I had a white chocolate vanilla ice cream with warm raspberry syrup. It was a warm and cold dessert, very sweet, tangy and delicious. The final course was the drink where I had an americano, but there were also fresh kiwi juices available.
I certainly walked away from this dinner too full. There was a lot of food, and the best part was the Teppanyaki meat. It’s a nice restaurant to dine in. Although Teppanyaki is supposedly Japanese and the food here isn’t, it was still a good Teppanyaki experience.