Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being invited to Sapporo Teppanyaki in Liverpool with a friend to try out their menu and write about my experience overall. So let’s get to it.
Disclaimer: Although my visit to Sapporo Teppanyaki was complimentary, all opinions are completely my own and 100% honest.
Let’s start with when we walked in.
A member of staff was at the desk waiting to check us in, and showed us to our table immediately. A waitress checked up on us after a few minutes to ask us what drinks we would like, and they were promptly delivered, as were the straws we asked for.
Paper straws = big plus
We ordered two lemonades, basic, I know. But, there were no mocktails that sparked our interest on the menu , so lemonade it was.
Our first time
Yes, you read that correctly. It was our first time at Sapporo Teppanyaki, so naturally we weren’t familiar with the menu and how to order, but the staff were super friendly and explained this with ease.
I ordered Samurai from the Tasting menu, which consisted of a little bit of everything, whereas my friend ordered individual dishes.
What I wasn’t aware of at the time of ordering was that the tasting menu had a small portion of everything listed on the menu, which was both good and bad.
The tasting menu was also discounted at the time we went, due to the Chinese new year celebrations. The Samurai tasting menu was £39, discounted to £25.
The chicken and lamb at Sapporo Teppanyaki is halal, as confirmed by the staff. Some of the dishes contained alcohol but the staff warned me of this and whilst cooking the food, did double check with me to ensure whether I could have it in my meals. The waiter also switched out the sirloin steak for chicken in the tasting menu, because the steak was not halal.
As part of the Samurai tasting menu, my pre-starter was;
miso wakame soup served with namasu salad
This is basically miso paste and wakame seaweed soup with mixed leaf salad.
Honestly, I was not a fan, and this is not something I would personally order. I found the soup to be very salty (most likely due to the seaweed) and a mixed leaf salad isn’t my cup of tea.
The soup was garnished with spring onions, and the salad dressing had a pleasant tang to it. The pre-starters were also brought to the table from the kitchen, not made in front of us, but arrived very quickly.
With the samurai tasting menu, the starters that are included were;
- Vegetable Spring Roll
- Prawn Tempura
- Maki Sushi
There was one spring roll and one prawn tempura, and I really really did like these. I normally do not like vegetable spring rolls, but these were actually good, and for me that’s quite a high bar to hit. The prawn tempura, again, only one, was arguably my favourite item from the entire menu. Prawn Tempuras are basically battered fried prawns, but this was so good! As for the sushi, this was my first time trying it, and I do not think it’s for me.
Starters ordered from the individual menu, which was what we also did, were a larger portion than those in the tasting menu.
The starters were also made in the kitchen and not in front of us.
I also did a VLOG on my experience at Sapporo Teppanyaki, which is available to watch on my Youtube Channel here!
Mains and Experience
My main with the Samurai tasting menu consisted of;
- Chicken Fillet (swapped with sirloin steak)
- Sea Bass
- King Prawns
Served with egg fried rice, stir fried vegetables and sapporo potatoes.
All items above were made in front of us, with the chef performing skills and engaging with the customers. He also played tricks on us, trying to get us to catch the sapporo potatoes in our mouths and pranking us with fake tomato ketchup. All of this comes with the experience of dining at sapporo teppanyaki, which at first I did find a little odd but quickly warmed up to. Personally I do not understand the need for the chef to demonstrate his skills with the equipment, but I understand why they do, some found it very entertaining.
As for the food, it was salty. My three mains were relatively decent sized portions, and unfortunately could not be finished. There was just too much for me personally. The egg fried rice, vegetables and potatoes however were not salty, and were a good contrast with the mains. Regardless of my food being high in salt, I would order some of them again, depending on my mood. They were cooked well, tasted really good and the experience overall definitely makes it worth it.
As for my friend, she ordered Mixed Vegetable Yaki Soba Noodles, which are “japanese style egg noodle fried on the teppan grill with mix vegetables and sapporo special yakisoba sauce”. These were nice but needed more flavour, and after going a little cold had a strange sweet but bitter teriyaki aftertaste. What I did think was incredibly thoughtful of the chef was that he cooked the vegetarian dish that my friend ordered after alighting the grill, which kills the bacteria and germs etc that would be present from the meat cooked previously.
Three words. Chocolate. Spring. Rolls.
Now this was super unique and sparked our interest immediately. We did order this off the dessert menu instead of having it from the Samurai menu which included it, purely because if ordered from the samurai menu it would not come with ice-cream.
The chocolate spring rolls were basically two spring rolls, one with a milk chocolate centre and one with white. Very crispy and oozing with melted chocolate, made the perfect pair with the vanilla ice-cream that was served on the side. There were choices of three desserts to pick from, including cheesecake of the day and ice-cream.
The other dessert we got was Nutella cheesecake. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better chocolate cheesecake. It was that good. Very rich and creamy, with the perfect ratio to the base. This was also served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Big thanks to our waiter, Vladamir, who recommended this to us.
NOTE: I had to try and sneak in bites of the cheesecake from my friend, it was THAT good!
All in all, I would definitely visit Sapporo Teppanyaki in Liverpool again. The customer service was exceptional, the staff were super friendly and attentive, and the food arrived at our tables super quick. The actual restaurant was super clean and chic. The price point was a little high for the tasting menus, and much more reasonable when ordering individual dishes. Regardless of this, I would go again for the tempura prawns, the spring rolls, cheesecake and chocolate spring rolls.
Have you ever been to Sapporo Teppanyaki? What did you think of it?
Lot’s of love,