We have never eaten in Japan other than at the counter service restaurant, Katsura Grill, which we try to stop during every trip for a combination platter. We have made reservations in the past at Teppan Edo and ended up canceling because they never fit into our plans. I thought my children would love it because they both like sushi, vegetables and seafood. We have never been to a Hibachi restaurant though. When my son was younger I was always afraid of him touching the grill at the table. With his Autism he tends to be very impulsive and though he can usually control his impulses now, when he was little… It was just better to be safe than sorry.
When I received an invitation to the Disney Social Media Mom’s Conference 2015 and decided to take my daughter with me the first thing I did was ask her which two restaurants she would like to try. Teppan Edo was at the top of her list.
I am so glad she picked this restaurant. It was fun, entertaining and great food.
We were seated shortly within checking in. There was a party of two older local people visiting Walt Disney World and a family of four celebrating a birthday seated with us around the grill. Everyone was reminded several times that the grill can reach in excess of 500 degrees to please be careful. We were given our menus and our drink orders were taken very quickly.
After our drink orders arrived the menus were distributed for us to look over and questions about the Disney Dining Plan were explained to everyone at the table.
Everything on the menu sounded delicious. Never having been to a Hibachi restaurant my daughter and I decided to try two different appetizers and have an entrée each.
My daughter ordered the Sushi Sampler. She LOVED it. She usually goes for the California Rolls but she loved the freshness of shrimp and tuna. Her plate was almost licked clean.
My Assorted Tempura was amazingly delicious. One large shrimp, a chicken tender, a large slice of zucchini, and an onion slice made up this basket. My daughter let me have a bite of her sushi so I let her have a bite of my Tempura. We both loved our appetizers and couldn’t imagine sharing more than a bite.
Once the appetizers were over our entrée’ orders were taken. Six of the people at our table ordered shrimp and steak, one chicken and one steak. Once the orders are in the show at the grill begins. We had one of the two female chefs working during the dinner hour on our grill. My daughter was particularly thrilled to have a female chef in a Japanese restaurant as that is something that is generally not seen often.
Above is the Onion Volcano, a typical Hibachi grill trick. She did all the usual catching a shrimp in her toque, flipping her spatulas off the grill and catching them and so much more. My daughter looked at me during the middle of this and said, “We have to come back here with Mama and Brother. He would love this!”
Here are the noodles with vegetables and a trail of shrimp being cooked with one piece of chicken. The steak went on at the very end of the cooking and was grilled just the way everyone wanted it from rarest (he actually asked for it just to be slightly warmed) to well-done.
The food was delicious! The vegetables were perfectly cooked as were the shrimp and steak. As we took a few bites we decided then and there that this goes on our must do list with the entire family.
Each person was given three sauces to try with their meal. I would have licked the bowl of the Yum sauce if I was at home. Each shrimp I dropped in was popped in my mouth with a happy groan. I need to learn to make this at home!
Each dinner is served with a side of the most amazing fried rice I have ever tasted. I dipped my fork in the brown garlic sauce and then added rice to my fork. I loved it all!
At the end of our meal one of the girls at our table was celebrating her 18th birthday. Her mother ordered the above cake from the Walt Disney World bakery. It was one of the nicest cakes I had seen ordered from Walt Disney Dining. She graciously offered slices to everyone at the table. It was a large cake and all but one person took a slice. There was still half a cake left at the end of the meal. The cake itself was spongy, not at all dry and the frosting actually had a really good flavor. I will definitely be thinking about ordering a cake in the future.
Overall our dining experience was more than we ever expected. Our total bill with two sodas, two appetizers and two entrees and tip was $125.00.