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S and I love teppanyaki, so we were super excited when his mom took us out for a high-end teppanyaki dinner when we were in Taiwan. Located inside the Splendor Hotel in Taichung (台中金典酒店), the restaurant is simply called Splendor Teppanyaki.
As is the case with most Taiwanese fine-dining, this was a multi-course meal with a couple of options for each of the salad, soup, and entrée courses. We started out with two appetizer bites – the shot glass held a pickled cherry tomato, while the spoon on the right held a piece of prosciutto-wrapped papaya.
If their purpose was to whet my appetite, these bites have done their job well. Each one was refreshing and packed with flavor, and I was looking forward to the rest of the meal.
The dinner rolls were warm and soft. I had two options for the soup course – Chinese-style borscht or butternut squash – and I picked the latter. It was a bit too sweet for my liking, and I liked the borscht (which S had) more. The salad was quite nice with pieces of bacon and a tangy vinaigrette.
Another soup – a buttery and creamy corn chowder this time, heated up in the ramekins on the teppan griddle. This was so thick that it was almost a casserole, but I didn’t mind too much. I used some of the bread to dip into the soup – great combination.
I’m always a bit nervous when I see seafood on the teppan griddle as they can overcook so easily. But this plate of perfectly-cooked cod and scallop was really impressive, and I could have eaten another plate of the scallops. The presentation was also quite lovely and enticing!
Last course of the “teppan” part of the meal – the meats. I picked the pork jowl, which S chose the Angus steak. Both were cooked beautifully, simply seasoned with salt and pepper, and served with a bit of sauce on the side. I loved that the pork was grilled til the exterior part was golden and crispy, yet was still tender when you bite into it. Along with the scallop, the pork was definitely my favorite part of the meal.
Finally, there was dessert. Yes, this was a big dinner… We moved to a different section of the restaurant for dessert – I suppose this way we don’t have to watch them clean the teppan.
Flourless chocolate cake and assorted fruits – orange slice, grapes, dragon fruit, guava. The fruits were fresh and sweet – but that’s standard for fruits in Taiwan. We were too stuffed to finish all of the chocolate cake, but the couple of bites I took were pretty good.
Overall, we really enjoyed this teppanyaki meal at Splendor. Many thanks to S’s mom for the wonderful dinner!
No. 1049, Jianxing Rd., Taichung 403
(Located inside the Splendor Hotel Taichung)