Food,  Japanese

Teppan Kappou Kenji: This Japanese Chef’s creations will make your jaw drop

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

Teppan Kappou Kenji is the new addition of restaurants to the rows of the Japanese and Korean restaurants along Tanjong Pagar Road. Based on its exterior, it looks just like any other Japanese restaurants.

I went into the restaurant without any expectations at all. In fact, I was hinking that their food might be on par if not slightly better with other Japanese restaurants. Surprisingly, who knew that it turned out to be one of my current favourite restaurants?

‘Looks can be deceiving’

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

Their minimalistic interior features simple wooden furnishings against the dark grey stone wall.

The restaurant adopts the open-kitchen concept with a counter seating area for customers to watch the chefs in action. Everything around you may look simple but not renowned Japanese chef Kenji Okumura’s dishes. I could not count the number of times I’ve mentioned ‘wow’ at Teppan Kappou Jenji.

“Reversed” Omakase

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

In omakase-style of dining, the chef gets to decide what goes on the plate. Unlike other Omakase restaurants, you can provide chef Okumura guidance on your preferred ingredients and flavours. He will then try his best to create a bespoke menu just for you. It is this ‘reserved’ omakase concept that makes them stand out from the rest.

The restaurant also offers teppanyaki cuisine (as its name suggests) – a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle (teppan) to cook food. Their teppanyaki-style dishes like their A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Sirloin is mouth-wateringly delicious.

How Chef Okumura surprised us with his dishes?

We tried dishes from the main, teppanyaki and omakase course menus. Their menu is very extensive! There’s also a seasonal menu featuring fresh seasonal ingredients imported from various regions of Japan.

Express Set Lunch Menu

For those working in the CBD area, you will be glad to know that they do also have an Express lunch menu which each set lunch starts from $12.

Each lunch set includes a Chawanmushi, a side dish and dessert.

Teppan Garlic Seafood Rice Set

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz  express set lunch

The dishes we had, kept getting better after we had our appetisers.

Chef Okumura is serious when he says that he loves incorporating that element of surprise in his dishes. He pays attention to details especially when it comes to the presentation of the dishes.

Healthy Salad with Japanese dressing

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz salad

This appetiser comes with a fragrant Japanese salad dressing. It comes along with Akamoku seaweed, grated Japanese yam and Natto.

Soft Tofu Skin with Sea Urchin

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz sea urchin

This dish features a beautiful combination of fresh sea urchin gonads and homemade beancurd skin (Yoba). You can definitely taste the sweetness of the sea urchin.

Grilled Avocado with Herbs & Cheese

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz avocado

This Teppanyaki item goes well with beer or sake. It consists of grilled cheese shell, creamy avocado chunks and crispy Sakura Ebi.

Stewed Wagyu Hamburg

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz beef stew

This hotpot item will remind you of western beef hamburgers and spaghetti. If you are into burgers, you will enjoy this belly-warming Wagyu hamburger patty cooked in Tomato stew.

Seafood Hotpot with Miso 

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz soup

This seafood broth cooked with fish bones and a mixture of seafood ingredients.

The steaming hot broth is served in a metallic pan, sitting on a traditional hot stove with Japanese characters engraved on it. I am feeling all satisfied just by looking at the presentation of each dish.

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

Premium A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Sirloin

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz beef sirloin

I am not a fan of beef. However, after eating this dish, I might change my mind. I was relishing this premium beef slices which are so tender and flavourful. To sum up, this is a life-changing dish.

Remember to coat the beef slices with some salt and wasabi to enhance the flavour of the meat.

Gyu Katsu

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz gym cats

This batter-fried Japanese beer is also one of my favourite dishes at Teppan Kappou Kenji. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The contrast in textures will excite your taste buds.

Seasonal Fish Carpaccio

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz fish carpaccio

This Yellowtail carpaccio (Hamachi) is topped with an Akamoku seaweed dressing. The fish slices are seasoned with truffles which made it so delicious.

Oyster & Japanese Lobster (Ise Ebi)

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz japanese lobster ise ebi

This dish features the rarest of all Japanese ingredients. It is one of the signature dishes served at Teppan Kappou Kenji.

Chef Okumura sourced the fresh Oysters and the Spiny Lobster (Ise Ebi) from the Mie Prefecture. The lobster meat tasted so sweet and succulent.

Omakase Course

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz omakase

I highly recommend their Omakase course where you will be able to witness Chef Okumura’s culinary mastery and his creativity in transforming his dishes into a work of art.

Their omakase lunch set ranges from $50 to $80 which is considered to be affordable. For omakase dinner, it starts from $150 onwards.

Assorted Sashimi

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz sashimi

When your food is all boxed up, you will be left to guess what is in it. Now, guess what’s hidden in the golden phoenix shown below?

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

I wonder where Chef Okumura get his golden phoenixes from.

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

Seasonal Kamameshi (Claypot Rice)

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz claypot

To end off the Omakase experience, we had their clay pot rice served with seasonal seafood.

The flavourful moist rice complemented well with the fish roes and the cooked fish slices.

Seasonal Assorted Japanese fruits

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz seasonal fruits

The natural sweetness from their seasonal fruits is unfathomable. Their strawberries are insanely sweet and fragrant. They make perfect desserts to end an excellent meal.

Teppan Kappou Kenji Japanese Omakase Teppanyaki restaurant deeniseglitz

Has your jaw dropped yet?

Recommended dishes

Gyu Katsu, A5 Miyazaki Steak, seasonal Fish Carpaccio

Omakase Course: Seasonal Kamameshi (Claypot Rice), Seasonal Japanese fruits

Verdict

If you have been to Japan and enjoy gourmet Japanese meals which are prepared meticulously with the freshest premium ingredients, this place will not disappoint you. Famous personalities like Mikhail Gorbachev of Russia and Wen Jiabao of China have enjoyed Chef Okumura’s Omakase menu as well.

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Teppan Kappou Kenji

99 Tanjong Pagar Road
#01-01
Singapore 088520

Opening hours: 11.30 am to 2pm (Lunch), 6pm to 10.30pm (Dinner) daily

RSVP Hotline: +65 9152 3118 Email: rsvp@teppankappoukenji.sg

A travel and lifestyle blogger based in Singapore.

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