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!

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Chefs hard at work preparing our appetisers. (FYI, the chef on the far left, who is native Japanese, is my Prince Charming. Apparently the aunties at the far left of the bar counter think so too, and they are very vocal about it =.=)

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It is really hard work preparing food for all 22 customers continuously. What impressed me most is that at the start, the registration lady will ask us if we have any food that we don’t take, and the chefs will note all of that on the white signboard at the right of the picture beside the stove. Imagine all the extra work to churn out new dishes for these people with special diet.

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!)

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Appetiser
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That first slice is really mouth-drooling
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Chawamushi with salmon
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Sushi roll
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Yes, this is considered an item too
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I have seen this before in Korean variety shows, the chinese translation is 龟足. Sadly despite the variety shows depicting this as a delicacy, this was the only dish I didn’t like
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Some pan-fried fish with garnish that is sour, and when eaten together, the taste is heavenly
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Prince Charming introduced this as Japanese ‘Cai Po’ (Raddish)
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This was how all of us seated at the corners were fed. (Disclaimer: I am not the person in the photo and I have no idea what the food on the spoon is)
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Couple version
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Fried fish
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Japanese melon
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Oh my this was another mouth-drooling dish. I have no idea if this is wagyu.
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The chef proudly showing off the meat used to make the dish above
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I thought this photo was funny because instead of being in the picture, poor Chef was asked to take photo of the foreign couple beside us with the beef heart (The chefs here really have to multi-task)
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The chef explained that if you see the greenish fluid in the centre, it means that the tomato is sweet
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Snow crab soup
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My main dish: Wagyu fried rice
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Birthday celebration for all the birthday babies in the room! (Prince Charming wearing heart shaped glasses and handing out sashimi bowls? Damn, should have been my birthday!)
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Mr J was very satistfied with his birthday sashimi bowl (the sea urchin tasted so good!)
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The meal finally concluded after 2hrs with ice cream (left: Calpis flavour; right: Yuzu). Both are equally fantastic, but if you prefer strongly flavour, go for the Yuzu flavour

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!

Reservations

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.

Teppei Restaurant

1 Tras Link, #01-18 Orchid Hotel
Singapore 078867
Tel: 6222 7363

 

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