A garden-covered alcove on Tu Xuong street, Kobe Teppanyaki is Ho Chi Minh City's first fine teppanyaki restaurant, established in 2011. The owner, Minh Le, has an inherent passion of Japanese restaurants, and has spent much time in Japan's finest teppanyaki restaurants, sampling high grade Kobe beef and other premium foods.
Along with an understanding of true Japanese quality, he also brought over the exceptional attention to customer satisfaction that is commonplace in Japan's fine restaurants. The servers are polite, accommodating and professional. The simple design puts you at ease. Guests can expect an inviting, airy and peaceful fine dining environment. The restaurant is great for groups who want to bond over excellent food.
"Teppan" means an iron griddle, and "yaki" means grilled. The ultimate origins of teppanyaki are not well documented, and the style seems to have originated from several sources. A Japanese restaurant chain claims to have popularized the style in 1945, after noticing its popularity with foreigners who enjoyed the skilled movements of the chef as he cooked before them. Other documents trace the origins further back, a few hundred years ago, from meals that were prepared on small grills by Japanese families.
While many teppanyaki restaurants prefer a stylish approach to the art, with juggling and showy movements, Kobe Teppanyaki opts for full focus on technique and quality. The chefs are trained straight from the academy by Minh Le and Iron Chef David Thai, who comes in every week to consult the chefs.
Their Japanese premium A5 and A4 Kobe beef is carefully chosen and inspected, as is the lamb from New Zealand, and beef from Australia and the U.S. The menu is separated by quality grade, the highest featuring two best-sellers: the Premium A5 and A4 Kobe sets. These come with sliced beef rolled with onions and garlic, salmon and Japanese scallop. The A5 set is VND1,925,000 and the A4 set is VND1,675,000. The difference from lower quality beef is noticeably different: the A5 and A4 Kobe beef contains more intricate marbling, allowing the fat to melt on the iron griddle and release a distinct aroma. When eaten, the beef requires much less chewing, is more buttery, and almost has a sensation of melting. For any meat lover and beef aficionado, this is a truly eye-opening experience.
Also recommended is the salmon set at VND660,000, which includes fresh imported salmon, prawn, scallop and raw beef. For the quality, the value is excellent.