Did happy lunch yesterday. Ahahahah, yes, i returned to Teppei because i just couldnt resist the thought of chirashi.
So i reached at exactly 12pm and was the 6th in queue....this based on the assumption that those in front were mainly in groups of pairs. Round 1 of diners were already tucking into their lunch. (Teppei opens at 11.45am) Sixty joined me at 12.20pm and we were fortunate...at 12.30pm, we were ushered in.
The unassuming bowl was filled with sashimi goodness and though we both arent exactly huge fans of squid sashimi, meal was still pretty satisfying for me. Sixty felt that she needed more rice though!!! She's lucky.....despite being a huge rice lover, she doesnt put on much and has maintained her nice slim figure.....hmmnn, maybe regular gym helps.....oh well.
Upon seated, the staff would promptly serve you a bowl of miso soup & iced tea.
Bottom right of collage, is a bowl of mixed goodness - carrot, radish, chicken, lotus root, mochi rice cake, mushroom - a complimentary starters that is placed on the table for diners to share whilst waiting for their meal to be served. There are also pickled mustard? (mei2 cai4) & possibly some seasoned spinach for sharing which i didnt snap any pics.
The best part of it all, is the miso soup and complimentary starters are refillable!!! Once it has finished, you just need to wave at the staff to top up and they would do it gladly :)
The restaurant runs at full capacity of 21 pax constantly, which is a good thing for chef. $$$ Despite the non-stop working, the tense atmosphere, the heat and what not, Teppei-san is still mostly all smiles towards his customers and staff. Just love his working spirit. He kinda chuckles when he sees his staff maneuvering his way into the kitchen with a huge box atop his head...probably more ingredients. His deft hands working, his sharp eyes scanning the surrounding, i'm assuming his mind is in deep thoughts too....planning his next ingredients purchase maybe? or whats for lunch the following day :)