Talk about odd restaurant names. As though my earlier comment on李家Chicken as a restaurant name wasn’t odd enough. We visited I M Teppanyaki on a Saturday night to celebrate Fat Man and his brother’s birthday. That day, we were seated in a private room as we were having the chef’s selection menu. The head chef Lawrence Mok served us personally.
I have never heard of this place before, so I did not have much expectation. First up was sashimi platter. The sashimi was beautifully plated, and decorated with flowers. While the items in the platter were very fresh, one of the more interesting sashimi presented was the octopus suction cup (also known as a sucker). The texture is quite interesting, and can be described as being a little crunchy. As we had more than 10 dishes, I will just narrow down to the better ones we had that night. The pan fried amadai we had was good. Similar to the presentation at Robuchon, the fish was served together with its skin and scales in a citrusy sauce. The scales are crisp, contrasting with the delicate and flaky flesh of amadai. Delicious! The lobster with spaghetti was served with a very thick sauce made of lobster ‘butter’ (ie the good stuff in lobster head). As compared to the amadai, this dish has much stronger flavors. Fat Man loved this dish and finished it in seconds.
We also had 2 types of beef. After lightly searing the thinly sliced beef, the chef deftly added a generous sprinkle of spring onions and fried garlic before rolling them up. We tucked in, and were being treated to an explosion of flavors in our mouths. The beef was juicy and went so well with the crunchy garlic and spring onions. The beef cubes were good too, but surprisingly I was more interested in the slivers of fried garlic. These garlic were huge, probably more than twice the size of normal garlic. They were very fragrant but with a much gentler taste as compared to the usual garlic. Accordingly to the chef, the garlic was flown in directly from Hokkaido, and costs even more than the beef!
We ended dinner with some sweet Japanese peach and grapes. By then, I was already bursting the seams of my jeans after wolfing down so much food. When the bill came, I was quite shocked by the cost. While the food was pretty good, I wasn’t sure it was worth HKD 1,600 per person. Fat Man told me that there are definitely better (and cheaper) places out there. Waiting for him to bring me the next time!