Teppanyaki is undoubtedly an all-time favourite of many as diners can choose their own ingredients, watch their food prepared a la minute and literally enjoy their food right after it is freshly cooked on the griddle.
If you are unfamiliar with the concept, teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine where fresh ingredients are cooked on an iron griddle by teppanyaki chefs before you. And perhaps one benefit of teppanyaki is that you do not have to dirty your hands as you would in a barbecue setting. Clean, quick and delicious; food at its best, surely.
Located on Level 5 of 313@Somerset, Heniu Teppanyaki is a humble, family-style teppanyaki restaurant located in front of the escalator and right beside Food Republic. With affordable teppanyaki sets up for grabs, would a trip to Heniu Teppanyaki be worth your time?
During our visit, we were, unfortunately, seated between both grills so this deprived us of a face-to-face experience of watching the teppanyaki chefs grill our meats.
There are two teppanyaki grills at Heniu Teppanyaki. One specialises in grilling meat and the other, a vegetable mix of cabbage and bean sprouts.
For obvious reasons, our vegetable mix was served to us before our grilled meats but we are happy to report that it was tasty and delicious. Seasoned simply with soya sauce and black pepper, we were also glad that Heniu Teppanyaki was not stingy with the portion of vegetables served, too.
Heniu Teppanyaki offers an attractive value set (S$9) where you can choose to enjoy either chicken, pork, beef or lamb meat. The first value set of our choice was the sliced chicken value set (S$9) and this came with a plate of the aforementioned vegetable mix, a bowl of miso soup, a bowl of fluffy rice and a decent portion of chicken meat.
Although the chicken meat was tasty, do be warned that the black pepper gravy drenching the meat is not for everyone. We had differing views over the sauce, with some opining that it was too peppery to swallow down whilst others claiming that it had just the right amount of pepper.
In addition to the gravy, the teppanyaki chef added in some chilli padi and onions to the mix, which gave the meat yet another kick of flavour.
Another value set meal that we had was the sliced lamb value set (S$9). This value set is of the same composition as the sliced chicken value set and the same gravy is also used for the meat’s gravy.
Interestingly, we were only charged GST and not service charge at Heniu Teppanyaki despite the teppanyaki chefs cooking up our meals before us. But if you are looking for a more affordable teppanyaki option in the CBD, Heniu Teppanyaki may do the trick for you.
313 Orchard Road, #05-01/02/03 313@Somerset Food Republic,
Tel: +65 9238 3350
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset