Dinner @ Teppan Kaiseki Satsuki

June 16, 2016 in Japanese

I was to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and thus, I google-ed up ‘Japanese’ and ‘kaiseki’ since we were both into Japanese cuisine. And that’s how I got to learn about Teppan Kaiseki Sasuki. Since we were always game to try new places, I went ahead to make reservation for a weekday evening. During which, I informed that it was to celebrate my friend’s birthday too.

My friend and I arrived at 7pm. To which we were led to our seats. And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3), we ordered:-

1) Mochizuki course, $188 comprised of:-

(A) Dish #1 (above) – Sea urchin.

  

(B) Dish #2 (above) – Medium fatty tuna (chutoro) sashimi served with mustard and egg yolk. Also available on the a-la carte menu at $36.


(C) Dish #3 (above) – Assortment of teppan-yaki specialities that’s also available from the a-la carte menu. What stood out for me was the abalone steak (grilled in butter soy sauce) and liver with garlic butter sauce. So yum!


(D) Dish #4 (above) – Omelette with foie gras rolled within, served with dashi broth. Also available on the a-la carte menu at $22. Even though I love anything foie gras, this dish did not quite work for me. The overall texture was just too soft and mushy.

  

(E) Dish #5 (above) – For our grilled course, we were served sweet fish (ayu) that was grilled on the pan covered in huge pile of (yuzu) salt. One could also get this as an a-la carte order at $25.


  

(F) Dish #6 (above) – Skewers of deep fried pork belly and scallop (hotate).


  
  
  

(G) Dish #7 (above) – And before we started on the teppan-grilled kushiyaki skewers part of our course, the chef came up to us with a box containing many ingredients on skewers. To which, my friend asked “Are we having all of that?” But no, we were told we were not. Errr… Then why are those items shown to us? o_O Unless it’s a marketing strategy to get us to order more? Hmm… And so, we were served gingko nuts, stuffed shiitake mushroom, green asparagus rolled with pork belly, seabream (tai) marinated with saikyo-style miso and chicken (negima) with leek and onion sauce. The meat-stuffed mushroom and chicken were good!


  

(H) Dish #8 (above) – Lamb neck with pistachio and mustard and pork belly from Hungary. The former was good! Available on the a-la carte menu at $9. My skewer of lamb was actually a replaced item cause I don’t take beef.

(I) Dish #9 (above) – Assorted seafood pinchos of clam (hamaguri), oyster with balsamic sauce, mussel, shell fish (tsubu-gai) from Hokkaido and prawn in tomato sauce

(J) Dish #10 (above) – King crab leg (shiogama-yaki) grilled with salt and kelp.

(K) Dish #11 with options of:-

i) Tempura jyuwari soba noodle (above)

ii) Uni-meshi rice bowl (above) – Served with miso soup.

  

(M) Dish #12 (above) – Crepe suzette with homemade vanilla ice cream. And it was also this dessert that made me wanted to come and try. Let’s just say I am glad it did not disappoint. =) Everything was made in front of us. It was certainly fascinating watching chef make the candy.

2) Dish #13, Complimentary (above) – And because I mentioned the dinner was to celebrate my friend’s birthday, birthday boy was treated to a birthday cake. But what we didn’t expect was that the cake was specially baked for him. Yes, an entire cake. What shown in picture (above) was just a slice. So yes… Wow. I certainly did not expect that.

I am not sure if it’s because not many has heard of Teppan Kaiseki Satsuki that the restaurant was pretty quiet. We had the entire counter to ourselves for a good 1.5 hour before another couple came in. Or it could also be that teppan-yaki isn’t quite everyone’s cup of tea. Cause frankly, at $188, one could comfortably enjoy a pretty decent Japanese omakase meal.

I wasn’t exactly blown away by the food. It was a nice change though, from what I usually have for Japanese cuisine (omakase, yakitori). So I guess it’s a personal preference that I would stick to yakitori instead of teppan-yaki if I really want anything grilled.

TEPPAN KAISEKI SATSUKI
59 Duxton Road, Singapore
6221 5234, Facebook, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Tues – Sun : 17:30 – 14:30
Ambience: 7
Tues – Sun : 18:00 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
* Closed on Mon
Service: 7