Last week I celebrated my 26th birthday so you might think that for somebody in the prime of their youth, living out their wonder years, this meant a night on the tiles culminated in puking up Prosecco into a sick back in the Uber home. However, being the perma-hungry little rascal I haven’t always been, I chose to bid farewell to 25 by stuffing myself to the point of unapologetic nausea at one of my all time favourite eateries: Sapporo Teppanyaki.
I’ve been here a handful of times now – okay, maybe two handfuls… yeah, I’ll probably be on the Christmas card list soon – and never loved it any less. Finding a unique UK niche in teppanyaki-style dining, the Sapporo restaurants definitely aren’t your cosy little table for two in a candlelit corner someplace secretive. They’re all about drama, socialising (the dreaded S word) and one hell of an eating-out experience.
As you know, I’m a bit of a habitual menu browser. If I like something, I bloody love it and you better know I’m gonna eat that until the cows come home. The cows might be safe this time but the chickens better run because my standard Sapporo order goes something like this: Smoked Chicken Spring Rolls for starters (dipped in soy sauce duh), Teriyaki Chicken and a dessert cocktail or some Chocolate Spring Rolls (keep scrolling to cop a load of those bad boys) if I’m not already bursting at the belly button.
The thing about Sapporo is once you step over that threshold, your mouth ain’t going to stop moving. Along with whatever you order off the menu, from sizzling steaks to fresh sashimi, your chef for the night serves up sauteed potato slices, egg fried rice and stir fried vegetables as accompaniments. You certainly aren’t going to be leaving his house hungry. Do beware of the pranks and tricks though – I won’t spoil them now but it’s a Sapporo Teppanyaki tradition to combine the culinary with a bit of light comedy…
With all the soft pyrotechnics and the traditional teppanyaki showcase, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that this place is going to tug on your purse strings a little harder than your average eatery but hey, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow. Get into the ‘YOLO’ spirit of things that all the kids are championing these days because Sapporo Teppanyaki most definitely justifies the reckless abandon.
We are talking around £40-£50 a head here to really enjoy yourself but for a lavish date night, a slap up birthday meal or a graduation celebration with a difference, it’s gotta be done. I mean, Sapporo is home to the chocolate spring roll (yes a chocolate, spring, roll) complete with the most outrageously milky ice cream so do you really want to miss out on that absolute mouth party?
Nope, didn’t think so.