I was actually unsure about whether to make this post. Why, you may ask?
Just look at the picture above, for starters, and you’ll know.
I heard about this omakase place in Tras Street last June and wanted to check it out. And when I tried to make reservations I discovered to my horror the place was booked out till the end of the year. And that they would only take bookings for the period of Jan – Mar 2014 on Oct 1.
Come Oct 1, I thought I had reverted to the days of my youth (long, long time ago) as I found myself trying my darnest to get through the restaurant’s reservation number, which was hopelessly engaged; it was like me dialing into the radio station’s hotline circa 1994 trying to win some insipid contest.
Finger cramped. Must. Go. On.
Anyway, once I got through I discovered there were only three seatings left. And so I took them all. Pig, that I am. Yes.
The first two visits were really, really awesome. So I decided that this wasn’t all just hype, and made the third and final trip for this quarter (haha yes, there will be another in June – and I had booked out the entire restaurant for a whisky pairing session and all seats have already been filled) and accompanied by a friend, descended into Nippon land as Chef Teppei weaved his magic yet again.
As with other dinners I have had here – the meal was insane; course after course (some, thankfully just bite-sized) came in nonstop. I always wear loose clothing when I visit. And the pictures are a testimony of the feast we had.
The night ended with us staggering home, bellies distended, hair and clothes smelling of food. But it’s all good.
I know there are other places out there that probably serve better omakase, but I just love this place (that, and that prices are relatively easy on the pocket – our meal for two came up to $273, including 360ml of sake and two beers as we ordered the $80 set. There is a $50 and $60 option as well.) This boils down to a simple thing – unlike other establishments I have been to there is a convivial spirit, where everyone was there for a good time and food.
I love it. And am really looking forward to the next session there.
Anyway, if you are interested (and lucky), here’s some information on the restaurant. Good luck with getting a reservation, and if you need someone to go with you, CONTACT ME!
Teppei Japanese Restaurant
Address: #01-18, Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link
11.45 am to 2. 30 pm (no reservations)
Dinner: Two seatings
1. 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
2. 8.40 pm to 11.30 pm
Corkage at $50 per litre.
Dress code: Definitely not anything tight-fitting. Bring Eno or something to help you digest.