Nothing like a bit of sizzling seafood or beef to set the mouth-watering!
Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that typically uses a propane-heated, flat-surfaced iron skillet to cook the food in front of guests at restaurants. The word teppanyaki is an aggregate of the Japanese words “teppan,” the very thick iron or stainless-steel plate on which the ingredients cook, and “yaki”, which means to grill, broil, or pan-fry. The cuisine includes beef, seafood, vegetables in various styles and also okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.
The restaurant chain Misono claims to be the first to introduce the concept of cooking Western-influenced food on a teppan in Japan, in 1945. They found the cuisine wasn’t particularly popular with the Japanese, but it was with foreigners, who enjoyed both watching the showy skills of the chefs preparing the food right before their eyes, and the dishes themselves, which seemed more familiar than traditional Japanese dishes.
Teppan is commonly confused with the hibachi barbecue grill, actually which is called “shichirin” in Japanese and has a charcoal or gas flame and made with an open grate design. With a solid griddle-type cook surface, the teppan is capable of cooking small or semisolid ingredients such as rice, egg, and finely chopped vegetables.
With its contemporary Japanese interior design, lighting and elegant wrought-iron features, Miyabi-tei is a stylish space which features an intimate teppan-yaki corner, a sushi bar, individual tables and private rooms. Located on the 7th Floor of the Sheraton Hotel next to Hiroshima Station’s shinkansen exit. Miyabitei provides an excellent dining experience.
I spent several months working part-time as a concierge at the Sheraton and without any bias, I can assure you the quality of food served is high and staff pride themselves on being able to meet the particular needs of their guests.
Address: 7F Sheraton Hotel 12-1 Wakakusacho, Higashi Ward, Hiroshima, 732-0053
open 7 days: 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5–10PM
Teppanyaki Dontoko Hatchobori is located in Hatchobori in the Naka-Ku district of Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture. This restaurant is famous for its teppanyaki, dishes grilled on sizzling iron plates. Aside from the high standard of daily selected meats, (Japanese Black Wagyu Beef of rank A5 only from Hiroshima and Miyazaki Prefectures), seafood and vegetables, on the menu, Dontoko has there is also a selection of spirits, including wines and sakes, on offer.
Address: 1F Dai-2 City Building, 12-5 Hatchobori, Naka-Ku, Hiroshima
18:00～24:00 (last order 11:30 pm)
Located in the Rhiga Royal Hotel, a stone’s throw from Hiroshima Castle, Teppanyaki Naniwa was a high-quality restaurant, serving supreme quality teppan grilled Japanese black beef and fresh seafood.
Address: 6th Floor, Rhiga Royal Hotel, 6-78 Motomachi, Naka-Ku, Hiroshima
11:30 to 14:30 (Last order 14:00)
17:30 to 21:30 (Last order 21:00)
Located in the ANA Crowne Plaza also serves high-quality Seto Inland Sea seafood and Japanese black beef, vegetable dishes sizzled before your very eyes.
Address: ANA Crowne Plaza, 1F Annex, 7-20 Nakamachi, Naka-Ku, Hiroshima
On the basement first floor of the hotel annex, next to Shirakami shrine along Heiwa-odori Avenue
Lunch 11:30 am – 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) / Dinner 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
The only one in my list not located in one of Hiroshima’s fine hotels, nonetheless is a very good teppan dining experience. Also serving very high-quality Hiroshima black beef and seafood sourced from Ise in the east.
Address: 2-24 Nagarekawa-Cho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima
open 7 days 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5–10:30 PM
www.teppansakon.com (Japanese language only)
Photo By the Author, Hugh Cann