Official Website: http://helloasia.jp/Custom/Business/BusinessDetail.aspx?bid=5226
Address: 1 Tras Link #01-18 Orchid Hotel Singapore 078867
Tel: +65 62227363
Opening Hours: Daily: 12:00pm – 02:30pm (Lunch); 06:00 – 10:30 pm (Dinner)
Budget: ~ $20 for lunch, $40, $50, $60 for Dinner Omakase
Recommendations: Negitoro Kaisen Don, also see HGW (10% Service Charge)
When asked how to define pornography, Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court said, “I know it when I see it.” If you ask me what’s authentic Japanese cuisine, I’ll say, “I know it when I eat it.” Sometimes, you implicitly know that a dish is perfectly executed even if you’ve never travelled to its place of origin. Teppei Japanese Restaurant is one such example.
Like The Sushi Bar at Far East Plaza, Teppei Japanese Restaurant is known for its affordable and value-for-money dining options. Some bloggers call it a hidden find, but judging from the throngs of shrewd white collar workers forming outside the restaurant, Teppei definitely has its loyal following. Located at Orchid Hotel and beside the famous Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Teppei is just a stone’s throw away from Exit A of Tanjong Pagar MRT Station. Driving is also a breeze as there are roadside parking lots available.
London Girl and I queued for about 45min before entering the 18-seater table top restaurant, which bore much nostalgic resemblance to Wasabi Tei at Far East Plaza. Being considerate patrons, we tried our best to take photos speedily and ta-dah, these were what we got:
The lunch menu comprises largely tempura set meals and one daily special. Both of us opted for the daily special (higawari), which was the Negitoro Kaisen Don ($14.95). It came with generous servings of sashimi slices, minced tuna belly, fresh tempura batter and freshly ground wasabi (you can even see the moisture remaining on the ground wasabi). Just by typing this entry, my mouth is already watering.
The sushi rice was probably the best I’ve ever had. It was sufficiently moist, fragrant and melted in the mouth. Apparently, there is also a notice that stated how Chef Teppei cooked his rice and the type of rice used etc.
Apart from sashimi cubes, the rice bowl was also topped with lightly seasoned tuna belly (negitoro). The sashimi cubes were thick cuts and we could taste the firm flesh breaking down as we chewed into them. Very fresh indeed.
After tasting the tempura batter, we could totally comprehend why the entire lunch menu mainly consists of tempura set meals. Their tempura was simply superb! One of the sous chefs specialises in frying the tempura and serves them piping hot right in front of diners. It was not too oily and as a testament to its awesomeness, London Girl the health purist actually liked it!
Chef Teppei and his sous chefs are always engrossed in preparing the freshest and tastiest dishes for his clients. As a table top restaurant, there may not be much service per se compared to a sit down restaurant, but I’m sure you can feel the sincerity and efforts of the entire kitchen.
YES, I will be back. But when I was back the following Sunday, it was closed, so do make a call before you make your trip down to Teppei.
Rating: 4.13/5 tempura