Sapporo Teppanyaki, Manchester

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester
All pictures by Neale Myers

WARNING: The following review contains spoilers….

WHEN I first mentioned to friends that I would be going to Sapporo Teppanyaki  in Manchester, the first thing that they would say was: “ You do know what they do there don’t you?” followed by: “ It’s right up your street.”

I didn’t know what they were talking about. And, as I hate having a surprise spoiled I asked friends not to tell me. It’s a bit like knowing there’s a twist in a movie, which you will then constantly be looking for. It can spoil things. But, in this case, it was a secret well worth keeping.

So with that in mind you have the option: If you want to know how we went from being archetypally reserved British diners to willing participants in the entertainment, catching potato scallops in our mouths like performing Sea Lions, then read on….

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester
Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

Sapporo Teppanyaki  is a short walk from the end of Deansgate in Manchester, close to the Museum of Science and industry.

We visited on a  Thursday night at 6.15pm full of excited anticipation and on entering the restaurant it was already buzzing.

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester
Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

The décor is certainly stylish and spacious and the clientele, let’s say an eclectic mix of all ages and groups ranging from business people ending their day to party groups just starting their night.

So my first question to our waiter was:  “I’ve never been here before. What do we do?” I sensed that he has had to answer this question many times before.

We were seated at our table and this is where the experience really starts. The table is set up for Teppanyaki, which is a Japanese style of cuisine, where grills are set up in front of the guests so your food can be cooked in front of you and you can watch its preparation.

The waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and he explained how the system worked. Basically that we choose menu items and any main courses that we chose would be cooked in front of us. Easy enough to understand.

We started the meal with a couple of cocktails from the extensive cocktail menu. There are so many delicious sounding cocktails to try it was hard to choose. There are also Mocktails (non alcoholic cocktails).

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester
Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester

We chose the Kohl Martini (coffee martini) a combination of saké, strong espresso and Khalua paired with sweet, smooth vanilla. It was wonderfully tasty with a nice caffeine kick. Our second cocktail was a Japanese Slipper, which contains Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice combined to create a refreshing zesty fruit cocktail.

The menu is well worth mulling over; It’s an extensive offering of Teppanyaki, Sushi, Japanese signature dishes and noodles as well as soups, salads and vegetarian dishes.

We chose a selection of starters. The Sapporo Beef Roll that was a grilled sirloin of beef with asparagus, teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and spring onions; the Chicken Gyoza served with soy dipping sauce and Unagi sushi, a seasoned grilled eel, sushi style. The detail in the dishes is quite remarkable and they tasted as good as they looked, Just beautiful and the handcrafted detail of the accompaniments added to this feast of the taste buds and of the eyes.

Sapporo Beef Roll
Sapporo Beef Roll
Unagi sushi
Unagi sushi
Chicken Gyoza
Chicken Gyoza

As we were eating our starters the chefs started setting up in front of us. This is where the entertainment really began. I won’t spoil all of the surprises (as there are many).All of the guests were given the chance to show off their food catching skills as the chef deftly flipped potato scallops into our mouths. (I missed all three attempts allowed…)

“All of the dishes include egg fried rice, stir fry vegetables and Sapporo sautéed potatoes. These are cooked separately and should be eaten once they have been prepared.”

I missed this note and sat waiting until all of my dishes and sides had been cooked.

There, was fire, there was juggling and just an incredibly entertaining time was had by all.

Juggling with eggs
Juggling with eggs
Fire!
Fire!

For our main courses we chose the Pork Fillet with ginger and sesame and as part of a set menu (called the Geisha) we had rolled chicken fillet stuff­ed with asparagus and garlic, scallops with ginger and garlic all served with grilled vegetables, egg fried rice and sautéed potatoes

Service at the Sapporo Teppanyaki
Service at the Sapporo Teppanyaki

All of the food is cooked in front of you and this is the point at which I really wished I had read the note in the menu. It says:

“All of the dishes include egg fried rice, stir fry vegetables and Sapporo sautéed potatoes. These are cooked separately and should be eaten once they have been prepared.”

I missed this note and sat waiting until all of my dishes and sides had been cooked.

My fault completely and to be honest the flair and showmanship of the evening made up for the difference in temperature of my food and side dishes.

Rolled chicken fillet stuff­ed with asparagus and garlic, scallops with ginger and garlic
Scallops with ginger and garlic

That said, the main courses were mouth-wateringly succulent, flavoursome and of course when you have your own chef preparing it to order, beautifully fresh. That made all the difference and sets this restaurant apart.

Pork Fillet with ginger and sesame
Pork Fillet with ginger and sesame
Service at the Sapporo Teppanyaki
Service at the Sapporo Teppanyaki

Like everything at Sapporo, the devil is in the detail. The desserts are no exception. We chose the coconut rice pudding with melon and the white chocolate cheesecake. The rice pudding was incredibly light and fluffy and the cheesecake was perfectly prepared, richly indulgent. Both desserts were beautifully presented in a jar.

Coconut rice pudding
Coconut rice pudding
White chocolate cheesecake
White chocolate cheesecake

To sum up. The Sapporo Teppanyaki  is incredibly entertaining. It has style and substance in spades (or should that be spoons?). The menu is large enough and interesting enough to go back again and again. Remember to eat the food as it’s prepared and as the menu says, ignore tradition and have fun!

Sapporo Teppanyaki Manchester
91-93 Liverpool Rd
Manchester M3 4JN

0161 979 0579

Opening Times:
Mon – Sat: 12.00pm – 11.00pm
Sun: 12.00pm – 10.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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