When it comes to food, Teppanyaki is definitely one of my favourite way to enjoy a meal. The word Teppanyaki is derived from Teppan (iron plate) and Yaki (to grill). It is great example of taking a simple concept and elevating it into an art form. Any half-trained cook can throw a hunk of meat onto a hot plate and make something edible, but a true teppanyaki chef would turn it into a performance. When the customer is sitting several feet in front of you scrutinizing your every move, there can be no short cuts, no messiness, everything must be precise and perfect. When it comes to the masters of the craft in Hong Kong, Chef Mok and his team at I M teppanyaki definitely puts on a “good show”.
Ordering at I M Teppanyaki is quite simple, you could choose everything à la carte or go with Mok’s menu, an 8 course tasting menu of the signature dishes the restaurant has to offer. As this was my first visit, I went with Mok’s menu so I could try everything.
First to arrive was the appetizer – a small plate of sashimi. The uni was deliciously creamy and sweet and the toro had a beautiful marbling. Unfortunately the toro probably could’ve used a few more minutes of defrosting as it was ice-cold and semi frozen, affecting both the taste and texture. I tried to leave it sitting for a while but it was getting awkward sitting there waiting for my fish to defrost so I ate it anyways, but made a comment to the chef afterwards.
The first main dish to arrive was the abalone with seaweed sauce. Abalone was very fresh and had a nice soft texture. The seaweed sauce gave it a nice saltiness.
For the second seafood dish, there was an option between lobster and fish. As a lobster fanatic I obviously went with the lobster, and it didn’t disappoint. Lobster was cooked just right and paired with a creamy lobster sauce to add richness. The chef thoughtfully added a little twirl of noodles for us to mop up the delicious creamy sauce.
One of my favourite dishes in teppanyaki is the foie gras, and the foie gras I had at here was one of THE BEST. Beautifully seared and crispy on the outside with a buttery centre that melts in your mouth, filling it with luscious richness. The presentation of the dish was simple yet elegant with a variety of fresh fruit to cleanse your palette after each bite.
After the rich foie gras dish, we were offered a light salad to prepare us for the next rich dish – wagyu. The salad was simply dressed with a balsamic reduction. The salad was decent but nothing amazing. I believe it serves a functional purpose than meant to impress.
The final meat dish was the A5 Wagyu beef. The cut used was a tenderloin, which is buttery and juicy albeit not as beautifully marbled as a rib eye or sirloin. Beef was cooked perfectly pink as expected. Despite the amazing beef however, there was another strong competitor on the dish – the garlic chips. Using premium garlic from Japan, these chips were amazing. We just ate piece after piece of these delicious little chips without any regard for bad breath or whatever as they were so addictive. The chef mentioned that these garlic chips are only available for dinner service as they costed almost as much as the beef!
To finish off our meal was the trio of Rice, Soup and Fruit. The chef would chat with the customer throughout the meal understanding their tastes and preferences, and adjust the ingredients of the fried rice accordingly. I had a whitebait and ginger fried rice which was pretty good. Soup was the miso soup with the rest of the lobster we ate earlier, and fruit was a sweet piece of Japanese honeydew.
Overall I had a great dining experience at I M Teppanyaki, and would definitely come again. Ingredients used were of high quality and each dish was well thought out and beautifully presented. The chefs were friendly and would describe each dish in detail with passion. Definitely recommend trying if you like Teppanyaki!
I M Teppanyaki
Tel: 2570 7088
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00-14:30; 18:00-22:30