We went out tonight for a staff party at the local Teppanyaki place, Wasabi. Originally, I was just tagging along. I had no idea where this was going because my colleague couldn’t remember the name of where we were going.
“oh, just that place you were going to take us to one night but we didn’t go…” she said. Well, darling, we talked about MANY places in the course of our friendship, LOL. Where exactly is that!
So, when I found out it was Wasabi, I was really happy! It’s one of my favourite places in Canberra. We have 2 (I think) main places that does teppanyaki. There’s one in Civic called Shogun Teppanyaki I think, and there’s Wasabi, who now has a branch in Manuka and Civic as well as their original restaurant in Dickson.
In comparison to Shogun, the food portion sizes are just a tad smaller in Wasabi, but the quality is definitely better, fresher.
Aside from the quality of food, the entertainment value of the cooking itself is also slightly different. In Shogun, it feels like they already have a routine down that they teach everyone that comes in. Of course, there’s only so much you can do to please a crowd while you’re cooking and ensuring you’re not burning anything. However, in Wasabi, every chef might do things their own way. I remembered some people being completely covered with rice (Ahem, wade, ahem).
I told them it was my boss’s birthday tonight (not), and the chef instantly went “oh, the messier the better?” HELL YEAH! and it was great fun seeing her being targetted hahahaha! as well as her murderous stare! it wasn’t very messy though, probably out of consideration to her nice top, hahaha!
Except for the “Mikado Set”, which is the most expensive set, I have tried everything on that menu and loved it each time. Tonight was largely no different. The beef was tender, the chicken teriyaki was beautiful and the prawns were cooked just right.
However, the fish tonight felt.. just a little bit different. It seems to be just a little too bland. Also, normally we were given sauces to mix and dip with our food, which I told someone about, but then we weren’t. This might be what’s affecting the taste of the fish itself.
However, we all had lots of fun tonight, and I was glad I went! The laughter, the catching up, talking over dinner and just generally enjoying each other’s company. I can’t wait for the next night out!
Maybe, this time, we celebrate a REAL birthday, hahahaha!