Like your food straight off the teppanyaki's iron griddle and piping hot? Teppan Bar Q offers us exactly that enjoyable gastronomic experience!
But Teppan Bar Q is more than just a typical teppanyaki restaurant. It is a contemporary one that pulsate with a Spanish twist to its dishes by marrying the flamboyance of Hakata-style teppanyaki cooking with the intricacy and attention to details found in tapas cuisine.
The best of both worlds, if I might boldly say.
Located at Robertson Quay along the stretch facing Mohamed Sultan Road, the premises of Teppan Bar Q isn't considered big: 24-pax capacity for drinks and light bites in the alfresco, 8-pax indoors, and sitting just 21-pax at the teppanyaki counter for a coveted view of the theatrical-style cooking process.
Our evening commenced with Octopus Galician Style ($13.90). Right before our eyes, the piece of octopus was swiftly grilled, cut into pieces, served on a bed of mash potato and finished with a drizzle of invigorating balsamic glaze.
The surprise in this dish was the mash potato cooked oden-style, giving the Spanish-style tapas dish hints of Japanese influence.
Roasted Hakata Mentai ($12.90) is a very simple dish showcasing the mentai from the Fukuoka Prefecture. With its intensely strong and spicy fermented full-bodied flavors, the marinated roe is best eaten over a hot bowl of Rice ($3.90) for better balance.
Apparently locals from the Fukuoka Prefecture has mentai as their daily breakfast staple. Lucky them! I don't mind having this piquant deliciousness every day too!
The foie gras-crazy PinkyPiggu's eyes lit up at the sight of Foie Gras with Japanese Radish ($26.80), and opened even wider upon a bite into the perfectly executed duck liver. Its buttery creaminess and that thin layer of crispy crust was delightful indeed.
US Angus Ribeye Steak ($58.89 for 200gm) is definitely not to be missed for beef lovers. The rendition here is prepared to a delectable medium doneness, then cubed for easy eating and sharing.
Although already tasty on its own, the steak paired nicely with freshly grated wasabi too. There is also a selection of three different kinds of Japanese sauces for a further lift in flavors.
Special mention goes to the side serving of teppanyaki bean sprouts! The unsightly head and tail were removed, leaving behind only the juicy and crunchy body. Even towgay-hating PinkyPiggu gave her nod of approval!
Another dish which impressed us was the Tonpei Yaki ($22.90). It is a very popular dish in Japan, well-loved by both kids and adults.
The version at Teppan Bar Q features an impossibly fluffy omelette layered with finely chopped cabbage, pork belly slices, grated mountain yam, and accompanied with homemade plum-infused soymilk mayonnaise and a savory sweet okonomi sauce. It was altogether so lovely!
It turned out that the boss of Teppan Bar Q owns Torikin as well, which is one of PinkyPiggu's favorite restaurants for Japanese collagen hotpot. That was where she had her first taste of the tonpei yaki. Can see from the look on her face she was thrilled to be reacquainted with the dish here.
Read: Torikin 鶏金 Singapore ~ A Gem at Bukit Timah Road For Delicious Japanese Collagen Hotpot!
Our meal didn't feel completed without some carbs, so we ended off the savory courses with a serving of Garlic Fried Rice ($12.90).
A good chef will utilize each ingredient to its fullness, and we noticed that the trimmed-off fats from the previous steak dish were not wasted at all, but put to good use. It was rendered down into crispy bits, and tossed into the rice with copious amount of garlic, resulting in a highly aromatic bowl of fried rice.
Dessert was Vanilla Ice Cream with Kinako ($6.90) that had complex flavors of caramel, nuts and brown sugar syrup with a smokey aroma which reminds me of our gula melaka.
Overall Teppan Bar Q would please diners wanting some action in their dining experience. It’s really a joy watching the chef having both mastery over the timing and plating, and whipping up the dishes with such passion.
Besides the ala-carte items, set menus are also available at $60, $80 and $100. Don't forget to gulp down some ice cold beer and sake too.
Teppan Bar Q
Address: 11 Unity Street, #01-21/22 Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995
Contact: +65 6235 0629
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 6pm-12midnight
Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST.
* Written by BFF, a guy who is desperately trying to find a balance while lost in the world of sights, sound and taste.
* Edited by PinkyPiggu
* Photos by PinkyPiggu