(Warning: This is the most pic-heavy post that I have on this blog so far.)
I finally had my (super-delayed) birthday dinner at Akira, a teppanyaki restaurant owned by the same people behind SumoSam, Mister Kurosawa, and Johnny Chow. I have tried many types of teppanyaki dishes before, like the ones found in affordable Japanese restaurants. But I have yet to experience dining inside an actual teppanyaki restaurant, complete with flipping cooking utensils, and my entire meal being prepared in front of me in a speedy manner.
Interior. We ate here in the middle of the afternoon, so there weren’t any customers around. The place can get pretty packed during lunch/dinner hours.
Menu: Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Noodles, Sashimi, Sushi, Sushi rolls, Teppanyaki, Teppanyaki ala carte, Ala carte, Fried rice, Executive bento, Desserts, Shakes, Drinks.
Ebi Tempura. The fried batter had a lovely crunch, but I didn’t like the shrimp very much.
Miso Soup, which came with our teppanyaki set.
Here are some of the ingredients/seasonings/tools that are going to be used for the teppanyaki dish that we will be sharing. We tried Set C, which consisted of the miso soup, Akira fried rice, fried veggies (yasai itame), grilled shrimp, chicken, and beef.
…. Those aside, let’s move on to the main event: The show itself! It all starts with our chef introducing himself, then tossing around some cooking utensils in an acrobatic fashion….
Then… He places some oil on the hot teppan, lights a match…
So now that the teppan is nicely oiled up, the chef places some slices of shrimp and chicken on the side, and starts chopping up the veggies.
Then he mixes the veggies into the rice, and adds some soy sauce and lots of oil.
He starts performing even more acrobatic tricks, once again involving his utensils, and an egg. The best part was when he tossed the egg into the air – It landed neatly on top of the griddle scraper, causing the egg to crack open.
Ta-dah! Instant fried egg, which was also mixed in into the rice.
He sets the rice aside, and starts chopping up even more veggies for our Yasai Itame.
Afterwards, it was the shrimp and chicken’s turn on the chopping block…
… And now the final item on the set, the US tenderloin beef.
Here’s the end result! Since everything was cooked right before my eyes, I made sure to eat every morsel of my dish – Yes, including the veggies. The shrimp/chicken/beef all tasted fresh (the shrimp, especially – A huge contrast to the one that they used in the tempura).
It was (very) fantastic, overall. The food was excellent, and props to our teppanyaki chef for putting on a great show! ^^ Akira is definitely a must visit if you want to have a truly enjoyable Japanese dining experience.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)
Akira is located at 5/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Shaw Blvd cor EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 654-3920. Links: Facebook.