📍 4810 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, Toronto
Last weekend was the Lunar New Year, as per yearly traditions, huge food fests are a must. This year, I went to Ten-Ichi 天一 Japanese Cuisine. They have two sections – one for the all you can eat (AYCE) sushi, and another section for their Teppanyaki guests. I went for the Teppanyaki section.
Since space is limited within the Teppanyaki area, you should definitely call ahead and book a spot to ensure you get a seat. I’m not sure if you could walk in and ask for a spot, perhaps if you’re lucky and don’t have a crowd with you. But I would recommend reserving spots to be sure 🙂 .
Our booking was for 8 or 830pm, but the Chefs got ready by around 830 or 9pm. While sitting at the Teppanyaki section, you can also order food from the AYCE sushi menu while you wait! Which is super awesome – but remember to save your tummies for the upcoming food from the Teppanyaki 😛
Definitely had my phone out a lot to Insta-Story the Chef’s cooking! I haven’t had teppanyaki for a long while so I was pretty excited when I found out for Chinese New Year 🙂 ! The Chef on the other side of the table was more entertaining than ours – perhaps the crowd there was more engaging compared to ours. But either way, seeing the Chefs cook is still entertaining and creates a different vibe than the regular AYCE meal.
(From left to right: Salmon, Mussel, Chicken, Mushrooms and Beef Ribs.)
The food was great overall and I enjoyed most of the dishes they had served during the meal. I personally really enjoyed the Salmon, Mussel, Steak and Beef Ribs. They offered another type of fish which I didn’t like at all (edit: turns out it was Cod Fish), and the rest of the dishes were okay. The Salmon was a huge surprise for me, I didn’t expect it to be that good!
If I recall correctly, the entire meal consisted of: Salmon, Cod Fish, Mussels, Chicken, Shrimp, Steak, Mushrooms and Beef Ribs.
Our Chef was really nice and pretty much offered the extra bits of food to us compared to the other family that he was tending to, heh heh 😛!
While eating, the Manager (I’m assuming) came by to chat with us, making sure we’re okay and all that… but while doing so, also slipped us a discount card. This discount card offers to take 10% off your meal if you pay in cash.
How the Teppanyaki meal works:
- On the first round, the Chef will serve you the full course meal, so all the dishes will be served
- After he is done that, he will ask every one on the table if they would like to have seconds of any particular item. Eg: “I would like to have 4 pieces of shrimp, 2 Salmon and 3 pieces of Mussel”. You can list the amount and of what food item you like, and he tries his best to remember… since there’s multiple orders per person.
- They also offer vegetables and eggs, if you like. The vegetables consist (mostly) of fried beansprouts.
- After the second round, he will then ask again, if you would like anything for the 3rd round of food
- If no one would like a 3rd round, the Chef then exits the area for good. But you’re welcome to sit and order food from the AYCE menu 🙂
We also ordered Fruit Punch, which also tasted better than what I had expected! :3 . The other table also ordered the Fruit Punch, so I guess that says something about it, haha.
Lastly, what is an AYCE without dessert right? 😉 .
I love their Chocolate Mousse! Tiramisu, Jello and Mango Pudding were also pictured. We also had Red Bean, Vanilla and Mango ice cream 🙂 !
We tipped the Chef when he came out with the food for the “2nd round”, since we might not see him after. I’m not sure if people do this on the regular, or if it was because of the Chinese New Year occasion. I would like believe that people should do this on the regular though… since Teppanyaki is sort of an eatertainment. Yes, eating + entertainment = eatertainment.
I definitely left super stuffed and went into a food coma after! I had a good experience eating Teppanyaki at Ten-Ichi 🙂 . Would definitely recommend it for a special occasion since the price point is more slightly expensive than the AYCE sushi.
Special occasion, like oh I don’t know… Valentine’s Day, perhaps? :p
On another note, (a little late but…) Happy Lunar New Year! 🐔
Till next time, ♥