Dining out in my hometown is one of my favourite things to do of a weekend.
With so many new restaurants popping up each week, it can be hard to keep up.
Sapporo Tappanyaki is based on Duke Street, and has been a restaurant our city has loved for over 15 years.
I actually had my 21st Birthday meal with family and friends there, which seems like a lifetime ago.
Sapporo Teppanyaki’s is a Japanese restaurant that offers deliciously authentic Japanese cuisine with a Western twist.
They have resident chefs providing a truly thrilling teppanyaki performance, as they prepare renowned dishes before your very eyes.
We visited last Sunday and as it was Chinese New Year, the whole City Centre and restaurants in the China Town vicinity were bustling.
We was escorted to our table quickly and as your main meal is cooked by their resident chefs, the chances are you will be sitting with people you may not know.
You would presume this could be a little uncomfortable, but the table is spacious and it feels natural sharing the experience with a large group of people.
We was handed the Family day Menu, this consists of two courses and a glass of wine for £15.95.
The menu has a variety of starters from smoked chicken rolls to vegetable spring rolls, and BBQ spare ribs.
There is also the option to order from the main menu, and as my little rascal didn’t fancy anything from the Children’s Menu, the staff happily accommodated.
He opted to have Prawn Tempura, Egg Fried Rice and sauté potatoes.
A strange combination, but one he devoured.
The starters all arrived quickly, and were truly delicious, the vegetarian spring rolls were the best I have ever tried. They was jam packed with an array of mixed vegetables, and filled full of flavour.
Our chef then set up his cooking stations and alternated from one grill to another.
There was 4 children at our table and each was jumping, squealing and laughing with delight.
The chef was very bubbly and quirky and proudly showed off his cooking skills from cutting the food really quickly to flambéing the meat.
He threw potatoes at each person so they could catch them in their mouth, and everyone around our table had such a giggle and great time interacting with the chef and each-other.
The experience is so much fun, and super family friendly.
There are an array of main meals to choose from: Sirloin steak, Salmon, Tofu Steak and noodles.
Each main is served with sauté potatoes, egg fried rice and stir-fry vegetables.
I opted for the salmon and was pleasantly surprised to receive two generous fillets. It was lightly marinated in teriyaki, and it tasted absolutely delicious. So tender, flaky and full of flavour.
Gabriel announced that this egg fried rice was the best he had ever tried, and I agree it was sensational.
So fluffy, light and packed full of flavour.
The main thing that stood out for me apart from the quality of the food, and the overall experience was how family friendly Sapporo Teppanyaki is.
It isn’t always easy dining out with the little people.
They easily get bored, and want to start moving about. There was a magician visiting tables, the staff were handing out t-shirts for the children to wear, and there was also a face painter.
I don’t know if this was a one off as it was Chinese New Year, but it sure took some pressure off the adults as it was apparent to see that each child was engaged, stimulated and most of all having so much fun.
There was plenty of staff on had who were friendly, helpful, chatty and informative. Nothing seemed to much bother at all, and you could see they was totally at ease with the business and fast pace of the restaurant.
We finished the meal off with some chocolate spring rolls, and all agreed we had, had a wonderful afternoon.
I have added a video below, as I don’t feel pictures capture the fun and energy that a visit to Sapporo Teppanyaki brings.
I am already planning our return visit, it was truly a wonderful dining experience.
* This dining experience was complimentary, but as always all views are my own and honest.
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