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Teppanyaki, Lexington

peregrine | Mar 24, 200809:02 AM

Three of us went to Teppanyaki Saturday night. We won't go back.

Their big deal is grill tables and flashy chefs who prepare your meal before your very eyes.
When we got there at 6:00 the place was practically empty, but it filled up fast. The noise level became very uncomfortable and the air got thicker and thicker as more chefs began to clang their knives and spatulas. Each grill table is three sided, with a place for two chefs and two grills in the center. Exhaust fans are along side of the grill, drawing down, rather than overhead hoods. Total seating is about 16-18 per table. Our side wound up with three parties, 3+3+5.

A waitress brought the soup and salad; then the chef cooked everyone's meals at the same time, first the veggies, then the fish & seafood, then the meat.

I might have been able to put up with the "atmosphere," both literal and figurative, if the food had been better. It was totally boring. It was all showmanship, so fine if you like that sort of thing. The chef flipped bits of broccoli off his spatula into the mouths of people opposite us. Then he pretended to throw a bottle of something-or-other at our daughter, who does not take well to practical jokes. That rather put the kibosh on the whole experience. The more the chef apologized, the worse it got. Our daughter, who suggested the place, said if she'd known what was in store she would've chosen differently.

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