Yoko's Teppenyaki Restaurant - Kings Road
Chinese and East Asian
Enter through the paved courtyard, past the endearing Japanese palms and you will find yourself in a spacious, light and modern interior. Minimal furniture and very ordered, symmetrical decor create a traditional Oriental mise-en-scene. Solid wood tables are laid with elegant red place-mats and friendly staff beckon you in. The tables at Yoko's Teppanyaki are what makes this place so special. Using exclusive teppanyaki cooking tables, your Japanese hostess will use an iron griddle to cook your selection in front of you - an interesting and entertaining touch. If this doesn't take your fancy, you can also choose to feast at Yoko's fabulous and stylish sushi bar. However, whether at the bar or teppanyaki table, diners are encouraged to immerse themselves into the spirit of the restaurant by slipping into one of the Yoko's custom 'happi coats'. Traditionally worn by shop keepers in Japan, the coat features the family crest, shop name or emblem printed on its back. Although today the happi coat is seen less in Japan, at Yoko's restaurant, this authentic addition - along with the background koto music - adds to the buzzing and lively atmosphere.
The art of Japanese dining is said to be a combination of simplicity mixed with only the freshest ingredients and expertise of master chefs. A distinctive selection of the finest meats, seafood and vegetables are cooked on Yoko's teppanyaki tables, served piping hot in bite-size portions, ready to dip into the uniquely flavoured Japanese sauce of your choice. Teppanyaki specials include king prawns and jumbo scallops cooked in Tokyo butter sauce, Dover sole with asparagus, breast of ducking with pineapple and onions, and sirloin of beef, rolled and stuffed with mushrooms, spring onions and garlic. Set menus of seven or eight teppanyaki courses served with zensai - the chef's hors d'oeurve - can also be ordered and are an ideal way of trying 'a little bit of everything.' Of course, a fabulous and appetising variety of fresh sushi and sashimi is available (very fresh raw seafood sliced into thin pieces), along with more Japanese favourites such as tempura and miso shiro.
Finish off with one of Yoko's yummy desserts, along with a pot of Japanese green tea or even a bottle of sake, and you're sure to finish your Japanese experience with a big 'happi' smile.