When I was refreshing Teppei’s reservation system ( link via teppei’s facebook page / tiny.cc/teppei ), We are lucky enough to find slots to accommodate a pair of us !
Trick: Just refresh the online system everyday if you are really really hungry to try this restaurant out !
Knocked off from work timely at 6pm and here we are , for the earliest dinner timeslot at 6.30pm.
Am I having economical mixed vege rice here ? hahahs , probably , but with a little Japanese style here. This palette consists of tempura fried half-eggs, boiled spinach and broccoli , cold eggplants etc.
A) Soft Tofu Beancurd
Minced meat toppings with spring onions.
B) Pork Belly
Looking appeal with the clear transparent layers of fats.
Commonly love by many: Pork belly ! The usual way of cooking is used here , light fry. It has a slight crisp outer texture.
2. SASHIMI (刺身)
It’s a kind gesture for Teppei to serve two kinds of sashimi soy sauce to cater different tastebuds . Some prefer lighter soy sauce, some prefer the heavier and saltier soy sauce.
Every piece thickly sliced.
A) Tuna Fat Belly (Otoro “大とろ”)
My favorite of all ! Champion ! Merely looking at the fresh fine red color , got me drooling. Creamy soft and fresh .
B) Flounder (Hirame “平目”)
My second love, specially because of the drips of fresh squeezed lime on this watery piece of fish. Mint, refreshing and sooth down throat.
C) Marinated Tuna (Akami “赤身”)
That deep red with slow muscles lining may look dark and scary, but it produces a very chewy bite experience.
D) Mackerel (Saba “鯖”)
A regular served piece of sashimi. Pinky fresh & succulent.
E) Amberjack (Hiramasa “平政”)
F) Salmon (Sake “鮭”)
Commonly love by many. At teppei, their salmon is appealing shiny looking, served thick and taste firm and watery .
3. STEAM EGG CUSTARD ( CHAWANMUSHI)
From my dining experience, Chwanmushi usually contains ingredients ranging from : truffles, Japanese fish cakes, prawns, gingko nuts, seaweed etc. But at teppei, I found treasures like scallops, carrots and chicken cubes! specially wanna mention the mini sweet Chinese scallops, which is exactly what I use back home to cook porridge and pork ribs soup.
I Feel warmly homed.
4. FRESH OYSTERS
One lick, One sip , and gone in one mouth .
Fresh oysters with limey sweet drips. At least oysters is good, although later part of the course, sea urchin was bad.
A) Cooked Tuna Belly on Sweet miso
B) Sea Urchin With Fat Tuna Belly
C) Grilled Foie Gras & Scallops with Persimmon
It’s fun ,friendly and interactive when Chef fed us spoon by spoon and he went : “AHHHHHHH ( asking us to open mouth)” .
My fav among all ! Very well grilled with natural sweetness of persimmon. Too good yet not enough with just one spoon per person 😦
6. Grilled white fish
If just merely looking at the looks of this dish , I really may have mistaken it as Chinese roasted pork belly. The skin is fired beautifully into golden crisp colour ! Firm and sweet taste of the meat with sweet miso sauce.
7. Snapper On Broth
Rich fish broth , soft served meat, with mushroom slice and squeezed lime juice.
I love this fun & interesting popcorns !
When the tray of “wheat” just out from the oven , and laid in front of me, I was wondering what could this be ? edible ? interesting .
We are each served with one branch of wheat , I was told to take only the white bits tugged in between the wheat seedlings, Amazingly, it taste just like sweet popcorns !
9. Grilled Chicken w teriyaki sauce
So for non beef consumers like us, We are served teriyaki chicken. Tender, succulent and I love the oiled sweet skin.
10. Clear Soup
Well boiled rich fish soup.
11. Main course (selected)
We are given afew selections to choose for our main course. And we picked two outstanding ones that we think more worth a try.
(A) Fried Rice
This bowl is filled with goodness. Fresh sashimi includes: mined tuna, chutoro tuna, sea urchins, mackerel saba, and fish roes; whereas grilled sides include sliced pork belly. Warm & non sticky fried Japanese rice. Marvelous !
(B) 4pieces Sushi
What’s good What’s Bad, Let me tell you !
i. Sea Urchin Sushi
This is bad and I don’t like the plain taste of this urchin. Probably due to the surround heat , the urchin had probably reached room temperature, and thus no longer fresh and chill.
ii. Flounder Sushi
This is fresh and good, again with some drips of lime. But wasabi is overly added.
iii. Amberjack Sushi
iv. Chutoro sushi w caviars
12. Roll Sushi
I ALWAYS LOVE TUNA ROLL SUSHI. Here at Teppei, it’s a considerate gesture when they serve a full roll sushi for guys and a half portion roll sushi for ladies.
Digging in, beside minced tuna belly, there’s juicy salmon roe bits, crispy tempura bits and spring onions ! Who wouldn’t love this you tell me !
Yuzu ice cream is slippery and refreshing , soothe to throat. But the black sesame ice cream is hard , rough and sore to swallow. The richness of the black sesame could have been much more.
FOOD: Generally most of the food are well served, fresh and comfortable Japanese food.
Service: Probably because of the large groups of diners every night, you will not have the chance to interact much with the chefs, i.e. asking them more bout the preparation of each dish. Everyone is just fast paced in preparing and serving.
Ambience: Hawker style, quite stuffy and humid due to the steam and frying smoking heat.
Food Tasting: 3.5 /5
Decoration: 2.5 /5
Ambience: 3 /5
OVERALL RATINGS: 3 /5
1 Tras Link, #01-18 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867