I had a serious “treat yo self” moment the other day and went for lunch at the Table of Teppanyaki in Suwon. Teppanyaki, also known was ‘hibachi’ is a Japanese style of cooking that involves an iron griddle, or “teppan.” “Yaki” can mean grilled, broiled or pan-fried, so if you go a teppanyaki restaurant, you never quite know what you’re going to get!
Nestled on the 2nd floor of a corner building in Yeongtong-gu, the Table of Teppanyaki is undoubtedly a hidden gem. Once you enter the restaurant, you’ll notice the elegant, luxury atmosphere — perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
At the Table of Teppanyaki, you get a calm, relaxing dining experience along with a fascinating show. What’s more, this is where teppanyaki meets casual luxury: everything special without the snobbery. As for the menu, they offer a variety of signature dishes and set meals, but the most impressive is the live lobster course. That’s right, live lobster. You might be feeling a little squeamish now, but let me tell you, cooking live lobster produced the most mouth-watering flavour.
We started off with potato soup and salad. In other words, Western-style appetisers. The soup was delicious and warmed my tummy, as any good soup should do… I’ll be craving it in the winter. The salad was crisp and a refreshing contrast to the hot soup, an ideal combination on a hot Korean summer’s day. What’s more, it was evocative of the tradition of eating samgyetang (a Korean chicken broth) to cool off in the summer… sounds strange but it really works!
The place settings were so pretty. Furthermore, eating on bright blue plates with minimalist white dishes will make eating feel like a work of art! Of course, a place like this needs beautiful dishware to match the amazing flavours of the food.
Live Lobster and Teppanyaki Art
The chef then brought out a live lobster to say “hi” before it was cooked up into a tasty entree. Nothing says showmanship than introducing your food to you! Again, if you’re squeamish, don’t worry, the lobster is prepared away from the table.
While the lobster was cooking, the teppanyaki show began. The chef started with grilling some simply veggies like eggplant and zucchini. It was so cool watching him cook on the ‘teppan’ grill, and he plated them up so beautifully, even cutting some veg in the shape of a heart!
Soon after, the lobster returned, hot, fresh and topped with garlic butter and cheese. Honestly, I am still thinking about how amazing that was. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our lobster as we watched the chef cook up tender beef, mushrooms and asparagus on the grill.
Our 2nd entree? More lobster…hey, I’m not complaining! This time, the lobster was served up with abalone (sea snail.) So decadent, right? What’s more, every time the chef added something new to the grill, he explained to the customers what it was and the techniques he would use. He cooked and interacted with the customers in such a fun way that our meal became a multi-sensory experience.
Food is the Way To The Heart
As we were happily devouring our second lobster course, the final part of the meal was served up: heart shaped fried rice. Fried rice is considered a basic dish in Korea and Japan, and it was testimony to the Table of Teppanyaki’s signature casual-luxurious style that they served us fried rice in the shape of a heart. As you can see, it made the perfect instagrammable photo.
As you can imagine, we were pretty full by the end of the meal. However, I was sure to save room for dessert! Much like the adorable fried rice, the desserts were simple but delicious and had the Table of Teppanyaki’s flare and charm. We drank miso soup as a palette cleanser and I finished off with some ice cream…I am a sucker for ice cream.
Next time I go, I plan on skipping breakfast in preparation… you will be absolutely stuffed after eating here. I think it would be even more delicious after a long week of work, or for a fancy date night. However, if you prefer something even more casual, they offer takeaway and delivery so you can eat lobster in the comfort of your own home!
Location and Getting There
Address: 2nd Floor, 26 150beon-gil, World Cup-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating Hours: 11:30am - 10:00pm everyday Reservation: via Naver