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best Japanese in town! The only Japanese in town!
Member Name: spacemonkee77
Date: 31/05/01, updated on 31/05/01 (1167 review reads)
Advantages: delicious food,, the chef's antics, good prices
Disadvantages: I don't live in Japan
This is my favourite Japanese restaurant in the Newcastle, and as the title suggests it is indeed the only Japanese restaurant in Newcastle. I think thats probably because there is no need for another, this one is that good. It is a teppanyaki restaurant which is a Japanese food experience, an "eatertainment" if you will, where the food is cooked right under your just singed eyebrows. Instead of individual tables for each dining group, you sit with other people round three sides of a rectangular hot cooking surface with the cook, one for each table, at the remaining side. The cook then brings the raw ingredients to the table, prepares them and cooks them on the surface, right in front of you.
The food is very simply cooked, with only rarely a sauce added. Generally the only added ingredients are soy sauce, mirin (a japanese vinegar) and ginger. Most people order one of various set meals. My personal favourite is miso soup, squid, king prawn, salmon, bean sprouts, chicken and beef teriyaki. Now this sounds a lot but the food is beautifully cooked, there are no heavy sauces etc. and the meal is just enough to leave a pleasant feeling of satisfaction.
The surroundings are really cool. The restaurant is underground, down a flight of stairs just off Chinatown. You wait in an ante-chamber before being summoned to the main area where the waitress will slot your group onto a table with a space. I don't know quite how they do it but they often match groups on the same table who have ordered similar food, making it easier for the chef to cook one large lot of the same ingredients for the entire table. Now for the eatertainment. The chef juggles the food, the knives, raw eggs, small puppies...no wait, not small puppies. The piece de resistence of which is the egg in the hat trick. Also look out for the flaming inferno, when a three foot wall of fire erupts 10 inches in front of you. Remember ladies, ditch that hairspray otherwise
your hair-do will become a hair-don't.
This place is great fun, the food is wonderful and no-one could be left uncheered by the bill either.