Monday, 11 March 2019

*Sapporo Teppanyaki - Liverpool

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review



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Liverpools Sapporo Teppanyaki restaurant, located up on Duke Street, it’s not only a feast for the foodies amongst us but a dinner with a show! Perfect for group bookings, and family celebrations, I wondered how it would work as a date night venue with the Mr. Can you really get date night vibes whilst supping your noodles alongside strangers? Of course, we had to find out!

Sapporo is a gorgeous venue, with a large bar area, and even larger dining area. The dining area is made up of several large tabels surrounding hot plates. We dined early on a Sunday afternoon so it’s wasn’t too busy, but I’ve been past on Friday and Saturday evenings and it’s always booming with birthday celebrations and large groups. I’d say making a reservation is a must. Large groups are seated together, smaller groups are seated with each other. We were sat with another duo and a family of 4. 

Dining with strangers is a funny thing. I always imagined it will be awkward, that you’ll talk quietly or not at all. Or maybe you’ll end up making new friends? If it’s something you’re worried about don’t be! I’ve dined like this a few times now and just know that everyone sitting at the table is happy to go about their own business! Some people are happy to strike up a conversation with others, some are happy to just chat amongst themselves - so it won’t be as awkward or uncomfortable as you might imagine! We ended up having a laugh with our fellow diners thanks to the chef getting everyone involved in the show every now and then!

Sapporo has a pretty extensive menu, and not everything is cooked on the hot plate teppanyaki style. If you want to see your food being cooked, go for the teppenyaki option. Food will be served up as it’s cooked and the idea is you eat it as soon as its popped on your plate.

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review


For starters, we went with the vegetarian spring rolls (£5.50) and asked for some chilli sauce on the side. The spring rolls were delicious, the vegetables had been cooked in a peanut oil or sauce, so had a lovely, strong, satay style flavour to them. The chilli sauce was thick and not spicy at all but full of flavour. I could have devoured the whole lot to myself!

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review


Then, the mains. We both went with a teppanyaki dish. All teppanyaki dishes come with potatoes, noodles and egg fried rice. I went for the seafood combination (£23), salmon fillet, seabass, king prawns and scallops. The Mr went for the land and sea (£40), beef fillet with half a lobster. Remember how I said you eat as the food is served up? The potatoes came first, but we waited as I didn’t just want to eat plain potatoes - then the chef said we should be eating them whilst he continued to cook. So we did. The noodles came next with mixed veg, and just as I finished those, the eggs fried rice was served up. I’d pretty much finished all of the accompaniments before the mains were served up. This to me was a strange way of eating, but everything tasted really good and as soon as you finished one, the next was served.

When it comes to the mains, my seafood combination was really good. The scallops were cooked well, king prawns have never been my favourite but these tasted good and fresh. The salmon was delicious, I could have just eaten a plate of that alone! The seabass was really nice but it was missing a real crisp on the skin. The Mr’s lobster was really good. I’m not a huge lobster fan but that I could have gone to town on! It was cooked in so so much garlic which is never a bad thing in my opinion! Though I didn’t try it, the beef fillet was cooked perfectly, just the right level of medium rare that it just seemed to melt! He cleaned the plate before I could even grab a picture!

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review


I couldn’t leave without having dessert so went for the chocolate spring rolls (£7). One was filled with milk chocolate, the other with white chocolate, with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side! I thought I’d be disappointed, it all looked so small but honestly, I couldn’t eat another bite! The chocolate filled spring rolls were very sweet but oh so moorish! It was just the right amount.

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review


Throughout the whole experience, I was sipping on the most mouth watering cocktail, the sapporo delight (£8.50), sake, rose liqueur and chocolate bitters - guys, GUYS!!! It was like drinking turkish delight!! I couldn’t have been happier! 

Our chef was a good laugh, he put on a brilliant show that had everyone laughing, trying to catch potatoes, dodging flying fried egg and checking our eyebrows were still attached after some impressive flame throwing! It was a fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon and we both came out smiling and with very full stomachs! 

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review



Whether its a family celebration or a date night for two. Catching up with friends or a works do, Sapporo is one worth putting on your to-dine-at list! From flames to flavours, you don’t be disappointed!

Dining in Liverpool - Sapporo Teppanyaki fine dining Japanese cuisine dinner show review


Have you ever had a teppanyaki dining experience?

Until next time, 





Our meal at Sapporo Teppanyaki restaurant was gifted by Sapporo. All thoughts, views, opinions and love of that cocktail are my own. For more information please see my disclaimer policy.

1 comment:

  1. The chocolate spring rolls look amazing! I'd love to try those. Your starter looks very appealing too. x

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