久违了，部落格！It’s been a while since I have updated, as I have been swamped with assignments and tests. Thank goodness for the little break in test schedule so that I can now satisfy my blogging itch!
Mr J and I went to Teppei Restaurant for his birthday dinner two weeks ago. I think this is a restaurant already familiar to many, as I have seen pictures of gatherings at this restaurant all over Facebook. By the time Mr J’s birthday arrived (which is 2 weeks after my birthday and 5 weeks after our anniversary), I had ran out of ideas for places to celebrate. So instead of having a normal dinner at some classy restaurant, I thought why not try something unique? Thus the idea of Omasake came to mind. In case you have no idea what Omasake is, it is the Japanese phrase for ‘I’ll leave it up to you’, which means that you have no idea what the menu is (great for boring people like me who refuses to think and almost always ends up choosing the same old stuff from menu). Despite trying to search for other restaurants besides Teppei, nowhere else appealed to me in terms of price, environment and review score. Thus, Teppei it is!
To my surprise, I was able to get a slot at 8.30pm on a Saturday night when I booked in early August (I had read reviews that booking ccould take up to months!). I will elaborate on the reservation process later in the post. We arrived early that day, and again to my surprise, I realised that I had passed by the restaurant many times in the past without knowing that that was the famous Teppei restaurant. The shop front is really humble-looking and I can barely see the signboard. The only evidence of its popularity was that by 8.15pm, there was a crowd of customers gathering outside waiting for the 8.30pm seating.
At 8.30pm sharp, the registration lady came out and started directing customers who are in groups of 3 or less to Teppei, and those with more than 3 people to the sister restaurant just beside Teppei called ‘Hana’. No worries if you are directed to Hana, because the kitchens are connected and the chefs will travel between the two restaurants. The restaurant setting is typical of an Izakaya, that is, it is really small and there are only counter seats available. Group by group, you will be directed to your seats. There will be someone to push your high seat closer to the counter once you are seated, and ta-da! You will be stuck in this position for the next 2 hrs as there is simply no space to get out. So please empty your bladder before the meal!
Warning: This post will be really picture heavy as I will be launching a whole series of food pictures with only weak attempts at describing the food since I have no idea what they were! Most of the time, you just need to open you mouth and let the chef feed you 🙂 (Yes, my Prince Charming fed me at least 2 times woohoo!)
Mr J and I really enjoyed our dinner at Teppei. True to all the reviews, the restaurant crew were friendly and actively engages the customers throughout the meal. A couple of foreigners and the aunties started to toast with the chefs, and I had a feeling that the group of aunties were trying to get Prince Charming drunk (by offering him a whole big metal bowl of Sake!). In fact, the registration lady drank together with the aunties and they started shouting ‘Anata!’ to Prince Charming *roll eyes* Really admire the chefs for their dedication to their work, even having to entertain customers while cooking and never losing their temper once. We highly recommend this place if you are looking for good food and fun!
Teppei has started using an online platform for their booking system. To access, just go to their Facebook page. You will need to pay a deposit of $50/person (which will not be charged unless the booking is cancelled less than 48 hours before your reservation). There is a whole long list of other reservation rules in their facebook page for your reference which is regularly updated. The dinner price is SGD 60 from Monday to Wednesday, and SGD 80 from Thursday to Saturday. By inference, it means that they are not open on Sunday.
1 Tras Link, #01-18 Orchid Hotel
Tel: 6222 7363