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I decided to buy a Teppanyaki grill during a particularly rainy summer a couple of years ago. I'd been really hoping to have a barbecue, but the weather just hadn't allowed for this, so I decided, following a practice my parents had had for years, to have an 'indoor barbecue'.
Teppanyaki is a Japanese phrase that means to fry or grill on a steel plate. At least, that is the literal meaning, but culturally it is more likely to mean a system of cooking at the table, with the grill forming a central focal point where everyone can become involved in their own meals. It's a way of eating that is fun, sociable, and very interactive. As well as being a barbecue fan, I'm also something of a Japanophile, so I was definitely going to use this to cook Japanese meals with friends, as well as just for burgers with mates.
This 2000w grill really is incredibly cheap for what it is. It costs just 22.99 for a cooking area of 46 cm long and 24.5cm wide. Pretty much all of that cast iron surface can, with the twist of a simple dial at the side, be turned into a fab cooking surface, and is excellent for grilling and frying (though the very edges to tend to be a little cooler).
The cooking surface has feet at each corner, and a drainage hole on one of the long sides to take off any fat.There are handles at either side of the cook plate, to enable easy movement from above the fat drainage pan to a table for serving. The mains cable itself is , of course, detachable for washing, and includes an adjustable thermostat that enables the temperature to be controlled to make cooking not only easy, but tasty!
This is incredibly easy to use - the manual does recommend pre-heating for five minutes before cooking, and also points out that once food is cooked, you can keep everything warm by turning to the minimum setting. Other than that, it is incredibly easy to set the cooking temp through the online controls. I have had this out on multiple occasions with friends, all of us cooking on this on my coffee table, and it has been so much fun!
This is very easy to cook on. Food doesn't stick easily, and it does come with utensils for cooking. It is easy to wipe clean, and not terribly heavy to lift to wipe down, although naturally you do have to make sure not to wet the sockets. With that said, you should treat this grill as you would a non stick pan, and avoid unnecessary scratching and scrubbing.
Overall, I think this is fantastic considering the low cost, and can be an incredibly social way of eating. My only criticism would be perhaps that when washing there is one side you naturally need to be cautious of as it houses the plug connector, but otherwise I am very happy.
I was looking for an electric griddle that could be used outside in the summer months and indoors the rest of the year .I looked on Amazon and went through what seemed like hundreds of them until the Andrew James Electric Teppanyaki Table Grill caught my eye .All of the reviews on this item were positive , so I decided to hedge my bets and purchase one .The total cost including P&P was £37.90 , delivery was extremely fast with it arriving just two days after I ordered it .
Inside the box you get the grill plate which has a cooking area of 46 x 26 cms . The grill itself has a non stick coating , there is an 1800 watt adjustable temperature control which has five settings and it also has six wooden spatulas and a plastic drip tray to catch all those unwanted fatty juices .
That weekend it was sunny so we decided to christen our new grill and have a garden breakfast , taking it out and setting it up is , as the meerkat say simples .Just place it on a level surface plug in the temperature control on the left hand side of the griddle adjust it to the correct temperature and away you go . The five temperature settings are easy to use basically you just turn it much like an old radio dial although we didn't have to turn it any higher than the third setting for its first use, less than a minute and you reach optimum heat to begin cooking . ( It heats up almost as fast as pair of good quality hair straighteners .)
The grill was large enough to feed two comfortably ,to put this into perspective , for me , thats enough cooking area to cook two fried eggs ,two portions of mushrooms , two portions of tomatoes and six rashers of bacon and at a squeeze you can have a slice of fried bread on there too . Greedy me !!Best of all it's the healthier option . I dislike using oils or fat to cook , so on its first outing I didn't use any oils at all , and it still cooked a perfect breakfast .
The non stick claim actually lives up to expectations , if not exceeds them , although there was plenty of residue left from the cooking this all cleaned up with the wipe of a cloth .
Needless to say that this summer ...if that's what you can call it ! it hasn't had as much use as I had intended but it has the great benefit of being portable . So will be brought out every time the sun makes an appearance .
I prefer the convenience of cooking outside , it has more benefits than negatives , the main one being that the house doesn't smell of fried foods .As much as I like to eat the food , the aromas that linger after cooking put me off eating it more often .In my opinion this grill is the best of both worlds because it can be used outside my kitchen stays smelling fresh and because I have no need to add fats it makes an otherwise fatty food healthier to eat .
Summary .This is a quality piece of kit ,healthier fried foods , portable and best of all affordable. I give this 5 stars and highly recommend it .