06 Feb 2012 • 4 reviews • 0 follower
The Sho Teppan located in the basement of Raffles City Shopping Centre was indeed "sho" disappointing.
Named "Teppan (iron pan)" without "yaki (grilling)", one will thus not find the typical smokey teppanyaki restaurant with big-tummy chefs juggling their knives and making loud cling-clang noises on a wide iron griddle while impressed diners go "wowww". A personal contemporary-looking induction stove top sits in front of every diner, with seats too far apart, thus having conversations to be filled with "huh? what did you say? pardon? forget about it".
The Wagyu Beef Teppanyaki ($17++) that arrived came in a decent portion, topped with sweet chilli sauce and a sprinkle of sesame was slightly tender though some slices were annoyingly chewy. I did enjoy the veggies that were stirred into the sizzle giving an extra crunch and sweetness. For what you can get in Pepper Lunch or even the regular Kopeediams hot plates, it's definitely over valued for its price. Perhaps the $1 free flow of green tea might just be the one thing that excites.
You can DIY if you wish to be part of the food preparation, or allow one of the straight-looking staff to stir it up for you. If you ask me, it's just an expensive, over-valued, pretentious Pepper Lunch.