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Keio Plaza Hotel Teppan-yaki Yamanami Premium Kobe Beef ( 鉄板焼やまなみ )


keio plaza hotel yamanami teppanyaki kobe beef review
I've to admit I'm a sucker for Kobe Beef, never letting go a chance to feast on these mouth-watering premium meat whenever I dine at a decent Japanese restaurant. I understand that in Tokyo, only a handful of restaurants are certified serving authentic Kobe beef, and Teppan-yaki Yamanami restaurant located at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo ( 京王プラザホテル新宿 ) in Shinjuku is one of them.

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During my recent trip to Japan to review the Hello Kitty Rooms in Keio Plaza Hotel, I was invited to the refined Teppan-yaki Yamanami ( 鉄板焼やまなみ ). The cosy interior is divided into several sections, with the restaurant's western counter commanding a superb view of the city's skyscrapers, while the eastern counter facing a Japanese style roof garden, plus an open-space dessert lounge. Wine drinkers will be impressed by their wine cellar with a wide repertoire of fine wines.

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For those who haven't been to a #teppanyaki restaurant, it's a place where diners get to watch the chef at work, right before your eyes. Years ago, I used to see chefs in Singapore performing stunts like throwing knives and tossing pepper mills up in the air and then try catching them, but somehow I don't see these fancy moves anymore. Ultimately, the Japanese meal is about premium ingredients perfected with precision skills over the teppanyaki iron griddle.

Helmed by the notable Master Chef Juniichi Hirano, Yamanami features Hida beef, Kobe beef, and carefully selected seafood including spiny lobster and abalone. You'll be entertained by their chefs preparing each dish right in front of you in an extravagant live performance.

teppan yaki yamanami amuse bouche sweeet potato tart
October was Yamanami's 2nd Anniversary. That evening, we had the their Appreciation Promotional Course ( 開業2周年记念の谢恩ディナーコース ) at ¥19,000 nett per pax (approx USD 160). Our dinner commenced with a very interesting and tasty Amuse Bouche ( アミューズ ). Fans of sweet potatoes will be delighted with this savoury tart made from the Japanese golden and purple sweet potatoes. It was certainly a delightful start!

keio plaza hotel teppan yaki yamanami fish carpaccio
Next, I was greeted by Yamanmi's beautifully plated appetizer ( 彩り前菜 ) which is a Fish Carpaccio.

keio plaza hotel teppan yaki yamanami parma ham
Diners who aren't fond of fish can opt for their Parma Ham Appetizer instead, which is just as aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and palate.

keio plaza teppan yaki yamanami dinner course seafood
The Red King Crab, or Taraba Crab ( タラバ蟹 ) in Japanese, seemed to be in the season as this was my third time eating this delicious crustacean during my 1-week stay in Tokyo.

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The dinner menu consists of the Red King Crab and Scallop ( 海の幸 - タラバ蟹・帆立貝 ), where mild seasoning and fresh ingredients are the keys to a teppanyaki's success.

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You'll get to savour the freshest seafood with minimum cooking and seasonings at Yamanami. If you like, you could dip into their home-made seaweed salt, but the seafood was good on its own; the succulent shellfish was oozing out its natural juices and flavours from the sea with each bite.

keio plaza hotel teppan yaki yamanami grilled vegetables
An unusual sight was spotted with the Grilled Vegetables Course ( 焼野菜五種盛り合わせ ). Along with some greens, pumpkin and shitake mushroom, there was also a special package ( 野菜の包み焼き ) which seemed to contain some vegetables, beancurd and mushrooms. The vegetable wrap was left on the teppanyaki iron griddle to simmer while Chef Kamiya proceeded to stir fry the rest of the vegetables for us.

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In no time, the special package was ready, and Chef Kamiya opened to unveil the aromatic dish containing a mixture of vegetables with tofu.

teppan yaki yamanami delicious miso vegetables keio plaza
Apparently, the delectable treat was marinated in miso sauce and mirin for hours to let the flavours infused into the vegetables. Mmmm...... I would love to experiment with this at home too, although I'm not sure those microwavable plastic wrappers can withstand the heat from our grill.
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Let's meet the cheerful and handsome Chef Tomonori Kamiya ( 神谷知則 ) of Teppan-yaki Yamanami! It was certainly a joy watching the chef displaying his culinary skills at the teppan counter.

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The Kobe beef ( 神戸牛 ) that I had at Yamanami was a A4 grade, and you get to choose between a 120g sirloin (サーロイン ) and 100g fillet (フィレ ). Gosh, just look at those marbling! #Wagyu is a high marbling breed of Japanese cattle that presents a supreme quality of beef, but it's quite pricey.

If case you're wondering the difference between Kobe beef ( 神戸牛 ) and Wagyu ( 和牛 ), Kobe is a prefecture of Japan and Wagyu is a breed of Japanese cattle. Basically, the most exclusive Wagyu in the world comes from Kobe, Japan. Wa ( 和 ) means Japanese, and gyu ( 牛 ) refers to cow or cattle. So naturally, the real deal has to be both born and bred in Japan. You'll know what I mean if you've tried the Australian Wagyu.

There are whole list of criteria to qualify to be classified as Kobe beef, like the BMS (marbling index), or meeting a yield score of A or B, and having the Japanese Meat Grading Association quality score of 4 or 5. I won't go into the details here.

keio plaza hotel yamanami teppanyaki kobe beef review
I like to go for medium-well as I don't like my beef too rare. Chef Kamiya mastered the timing perfectly, and my sirloin came out nice and juicy, with the meat melting in my mouth as I sank my teeth into them. It was heavenly! I was so glad my hunger pang for a carnivorous treat was fully satisfied!

keio plaza hotel yamanami teppanyaki wagyu beef review
Chef Kamiya suggested that I try pairing my beef with wasabi, pinch of salt and black pepper, and the Aomori garlic. Have you tried eating your steak with Wasabi ( わさび )? I'm sure you'll enjoy as much; it's not as spicy as you think.

keio plaza teppanyaki yamanami wagyu kobe beef review
I know it's rather sinful and unhealthy to indulge in stuff like lard. It's so hard to resist those beef fats they removed from the beef and sear the fats separately to make Japanese fried rice. The crispy bites are real yummy!

keio plaza hotel yamanami teppanyaki garlic fried rice
At this teppanyaki dinner, I got to try two types of Fried Rice ( 焼ご飯 ) - garlic and mushroom. While garlic rice is commonly offered at teppanyaki restaurants, it's nice to have something different like the mushroom fried rice which is just as appetizing. The course was paired with a flavourful Black Angus Beef Consommé.

yamanami teppanyaki flambe desserts aomori apples review
Chef Kamiya continued to woo us with more of his performance, and this time, literally playing with fire!! Our sweet treat was further enhanced by his style of caramelizing the Aomori apples.

keio plaza teppan yaki yamanami selamat hari jadi
OMG, it turned out to be an advanced birthday surprise arranged by Keio Plaza Hotel! The Flambé Aomori Apples with greetings in Malay " Selemat Hari Jadi! " with ice-cream was a perfect way to end the meal. Thinking I'm from Singapore, Chef Kamiya specially wrote the birthday greetings in Malay, but I'm embarrassed to say that I'm not familiar with the word Jadi. Lol!

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Hey, there was more! Check out this stunning birthday dessert with caramelized apples, melon tart and sesame ice-cream! Don't you love the beautiful plating with gold flakes?

My Thoughts:
A upmarket teppanyaki restaurant serving quality food with prime beef at reasonable prices. Be greeted with a majestic entrance to Yamanami, taking diners past a Japanese garden with blooming trees and Japanese stonework. At the restaurant, you'll get undivided attention from the friendly chefs and courteous serving staff. Teppan-yaki Yamanami, a classic Japanese dining spot transporting visitors to an oasis of fine food!

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Thank you Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo and Chef Kamiya, for the entertaining night and good food!

Teppan-yaki Yamanami
Main Tower 7F
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo
2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo
160-8330 Japan
Tel: +81-3 3344 0111

112 comments:

  1. I can't comment about beef and I think you know what will be standard answer. But the rest of the dishes - spot on and inviting. And another tempting thing is the lovely dress you are wearing.

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    1. Nava, I'm glad you've found the rest of the food appetizing as well. Thanks again for the sweet note, dear!

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  2. Pictures are good :) cant say so about the beef as I am a vegetarian :) but nicely presented <3
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    1. Jyoti, I didn't know you're vegetarian. Nonetheless, thanks so much for reading! xoxo

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  3. The veggie plate and the dessert captured my attention! Divine!
    Baci,
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    1. Coco, don't tell me you're also a vegetarian? Mmm... I can't live without meat.......

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  4. The food looks amazing!

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  5. Ah! You go to such wonderful places; the food always look great and the decor is consistently inspiring! :) I'm not much of a meat-eater, but this has brought on a definite craving this afternoon for me hahah :)

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    1. Gabrielle, feeling so blessed indeed! I'm delighted you've enjoyed the food shots!

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  6. Mmmmm...the food looks delicious!
    Great pictures!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Helena, thanks again for coming by & leaving your thoughts! Have a good week, dear!

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  7. The place is definitely classy! And the food look very enticing!

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    1. Jessica, I love the ambience & food! Definitely looking fwd to visiting again :D

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  8. They look delicious and you look stunning in this dress.

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    1. Subha, thanks so much! You certainly make my day!

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  9. Wow the food looks amazingly delicious and I love how the place is set-up. So classy!! :) great post <3

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    1. Nicole, hope you'll get to visit some day too :D

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  10. The food is fabulous, especially the Kobe beef. If ever I visit Japan again, I will try to stay in this hotel and eat this.

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    1. Mun, you gotta try the #hellokitty room if you intend to stay in Keio the next time. ^_^

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  11. Beside looking delicious he does an amazing job with the display so delightful you want to eat it. Enjoy your weekend doll.

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    1. Jackie, I've to admit the plating of the dessert especially is fab! It was a delighted watching the chef in action!

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  12. OMG....the place is amazing, the decor is beautiful and classy, and the food looks DIVINE!! You look gorgeous is your outfit. Great photos Shirley!
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    Hope you have happy day ahead and a fabulous weekend<3

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    1. Maria, so happy to hear from you again! Will check out your post as soon as I get time. Thanks so much for having me in mind, sweetie! xoxo

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  13. The food looks delicious *__*)

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  14. so.. yum!

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    1. Paola, hahaha! I'm sure you'll love it too!

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  16. wow, it must be awesome to eat it, heard that it can cost few hundred for few slices

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    1. HW, it's so expensive to eat Wagyu here in SG! Gosh, I satisfy my my hungry pang soon! Lol!

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  17. The food looks amazing! Have a happy weekend. :D

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    1. Kenny, thanks & have a lovely week ahead! xoxo

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  18. Yummy food and I love the dark ambience in the restaurant.

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    1. Mitch, thanks for coming by despite your busy schedule! Always love having you around :D

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  19. Looks like a nice restaurant ant that dress looks lovely on you.=)

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    1. Carmen, I would love to return anytime again!

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    1. Lyosha, certainly a great place for a decent meal!

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  22. I don't take beef but this certainly looks yummy! And I love teppanyaki ..... those dishes that you were serve looks so delicious.-----fried garlic on that fried rice...... oh my......this restaurant had certainly awe me ...... from the interior....the wine cellar.... to all the yummy delicious food.

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    1. DS, it's a pity you don't take beef else you can savour the goodness of the juicy meat. Nonetheless, diners can always opt for their seafood menu :)

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  23. Ooo..I love this post. The food looks amazing. The presentation, the drool-worthy beef, the to-die-for tart, the creative vegetable package ...yum-yum! They are so sweet to have done something for your Birthday ^.^

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    1. Sharon, hahaha! You're awfully sweet, my dear! Wish you were there too......

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  24. Shirley, everything looks so wonderful! Kept looking at the plating and the combos on the plates. Stunning! You look lovely!!

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    1. Kanak, hahaha! Did you salivate?? Thanks, dearie!

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  25. What a classy place to dine, beautiful photos :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  26. nice photos and sharing:) I am starviiiing! :D

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  27. Al dishes look so delicious! great post and pictures!

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    1. Steefy, it's really delicious especially the beef :D

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  29. Wow Shirley, the restaurant looks amazing and the dishes look delicious xo

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    1. Glenda, I had a great time feasting there!

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  30. Wow a lot of fantastic dishes..
    Thanks for sharing

    Ciao
    Mywishstyle

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    1. Nicky, I'd enjoyed the fresh seafood & the quality meat. I would certainly recommend anyone to have a good meal at Yamanami!

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  31. Delicious dishes Shirley. You always have beautiful photos. Thx for following me Shirley I already follow you for quite some time, you have to go back one page, last pic bottom row, that's my avatar.
    Happy weekend dear
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    1. Lenya, appreciate your following. So glad we've found each other, dear! Love our blog too! xoxo

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  32. I would still never eat meat - veggie for life! But at least these cows had a decent life...

    -Kati

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    1. Kati, looks like we've another veggi-saurus. Don't think I can eat veg alone......

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  33. wow these restaurant dining hall looks like the one i saw in a Japanese drama whereby the elites and aritrocrats enjoyed high quality beef, salmon, etc with wine...hehe

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    1. Hong, hahaha! You're so cute! Then I'm the actress in the drama. Lol!

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  34. I love and miss the Kobe meat and everything else on your post here. Since I moved around place to places and its hard to find the right one to go eat. You look great on the last pic Shirley:.

    xxoo. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. Tanya, you seemed to have such a hectic life shuttling around with three kids. Be sure to take good care of your health, dear.

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  35. Hi Shirley,
    You have such a way with your words. Your review has been perfectly executed just like that talented chef.

    When I lived in New York, I often went to Japanese restaurants where the chef would not only prepare a perfect meal but also entertain the guests with his creative talents. I have had the pleasure of both Kobi beef and Wagyu. I prefer the Kobi and wasabi over horseradish. However, for todays post, I must say I am quite impressed with those seafood dishes. Your pictures are stunning and make me want to just pick up that crab and munch away, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing this restaurant Shirley. Their attention to detail and your birthday surprise were indeed the icing on the cake!!!

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    1. Louise, appreciate the effort you took to pen your lovely thoughts. You're so fortunate to be able to try these premium beef in New York; bet the authentic ones must be expensive as not many restaurants are certified to serve Kobe beef there from what I gathered.

      You gotta try the King Crab too if you get the chance. They're real yummy too, & I'll be coming up with a post solely on these crabs to get you salivating. Hahaha! Thanks again for your time, & always looking fwd to your comments! xoxo

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    2. I look forward to your post on King Crab, Shirley. I'll be salivating until then:)

      You are correct, Kobe beef is not generally available here.

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    3. Louise, can't wait to share it with you! You take care now & have a fun-filled week! xoxo

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  36. I am a big fan of teppanyaki! I love chicken and beef teppanyaki the most.

    That Kobe beef is so succulent and juicy. Must be so tender. Drooling!!

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    1. Rose, you gotta try Kobe beef if you haven't! It's so different from other meat.........

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    1. PP, I've always enjoyed Teppanyaki performance like these! It's so nice to relax & have fun while dining.....

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  38. wow this looks delicious! nice post. xx
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    1. Tania, thanks sweetie! Enjoy your week!

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  39. that looks amazing! mmm

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    1. Helen, thanks & have a great week! xoxo

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  40. That's a great shot looking down the long table.

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    1. Monica, that's awesome especially coming from you! Thanks, dear!

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  41. I haven't been to a tepanyaki place in years. And I mean years. I need to change this Shirley. Pronto!

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    1. Sonia, you gotta find a good teppanyaki restaurant to pig out soon! ^_^

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  42. Great place to dine!!
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  43. The food looks amazing. So juicy and mouth watering.

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    1. Lilith, if only you could savour the good food too ..........

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  44. I'm a sucker for kobe beef too Shirley! This looks like an incredible dining experience. I need to see if we have any good teppanyaki places in NYC now.

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    1. Rowena, aw!! Looks like we've more in common, sweetie! Go get your fix soon ^_^

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  45. Wow the place looks amazing and the food looks delicious! :)

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    1. Nicole, do visit the restaurant the next time you're in Tokyo :)

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  46. My mouth is watering desperately, and I'm supposed to go to bed!!!
    Great feature hun!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. Coco, oh dear! Hahaha! Hope you'd sweet dreams.......

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  47. Salivating now!!! Wish to one day try out this Kobe beef.

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    1. Trishie, you gotta try sweetie! It's out of this world!

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  48. Beautiful!
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  49. This is an attractive looking restaurant and I enjoy watching chefs like this. Everything looks so appetising and beautifully presented with different textures and colours. Great photos!

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    1. Miss B, I've always enjoyed dining at good teppanyaki restaurants; the chefs are so entertaining! It's great having you here & sharing your thoughts with us! Thanks & have a lovely day!

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  50. Hi dear, your post are very interesting to know a different cultures. These plats are fantastic...
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  51. Everything looks so delicious!
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  52. Yum the food looks delicious especially the caramalized apple dessert! Makes me want to go for sushi tonight! :) xo~ Lena
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