Let me admit right now that I entered the Teppanyaki Japanese Seafood and Steak House in Dublin a bit on the biased side.
I had eaten there before and was unimpressed. But that was at least two years ago, so I thought I’d give it another try. After all, there is no such thing as an unbiased journalist. We all have opinions, but we can and should be objective.
Things did not start well. In fact, lunch almost ended before it started.
As the hostess greeted us with a smile and began escorting us to our booth, my wife and I immediately looked at each other. Without speaking a word, we asked: “Do you smell that?”
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I’m not sure what the odor was or from where it came, but it wasn’t very appetizing. Hopefully, it was just some sort of infrastructure malfunction. Thankfully, it was not in the dining area.
The restaurant had just opened, so there were few customers. (The place usually looks busy on the weekends.) A group in an adjacent booth was ordering when one member asked about the chicken tempura appetizer?
“Is it good?” he asked the waitress.
“Everything here is good,” a member of his party answered.
So, when the waitress moved on to our booth, I was feeling better about things.
Ordering at Teppanyaki is simple. Main courses, which come with vegetables and sesame rice, are ordered by number from either the “Hibachi” or “Teriyaki” sections of the menu. For example, a teriyaki combo of chicken, steak and shrimp would be “T-4.” I went with the hibachi steak and chicken, or “H-4.” The name “Teppanyaki” is Japanese for cuisine cooked on an iron griddle and might imply that the food would be cooked at the table. That’s not the case. The chefs might be juggling utensils and catching shrimp tails in hats, but if so they’re doing it in the kitchen.
Our orders, which came in hefty portions, were on the table in what seemed like 10 minutes. The chicken was tasty and tender. I’d rate the steak as only OK, since about three pieces were mostly fat. The rice was good, as were the vegetables, at least the broccoli and zucchini. The onions seemed a little bitter.
My wife also had the steak and chicken but added shrimp, which met her approval.
It’s worth noting that the service was aa good as I’ve had at any restaurant. Our waitress was pleasant and engaging. And she was efficient. You can’t ask for more than that.
Prices are reasonable. The main courses range from $5.75 for the teriyaki chicken to $15.49 for the hibachi seafood combo, which includes lobster tail, scallops and shrimp. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, which knock a couple of bucks off selected items.
Teppanyaki was better than I expected. Not great, but OK. It’s not a bad place for the diner looking for a taste of the Orient, with enough left over to take some home.
Once you get past the smell, that is.
Address: 2111 Veterans Blvd., Dublin
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m. Friday; 4:30-10 p.m. Saturday; and 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday
Price range: $1.29-$15.49
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Not specifically
Noise Level: Low
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Health Rating: 84
To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.