Teppanyaki cooking is a fun way to have a meal. The roots may be Japanese but it has now slowly spread to all parts of the world for the chef-to-diner experience it offers. Teppanyaki is a Japanese-introduced concept where most of the dishes are made on a hot iron pan right in front of diners. Chef Prashanth Martha has come up with a vast teppanyaki menu which one can order a la carte as per choice at Collage, the specialty restaurant at Hyatt Gachibowli.
I’ve had the chance of tasting few dishes of Chef Prashanth previously and he’s a brilliant Chef specializing in Asian cuisine. Starting off the meal with a simple salad consisting of greens, avocado and sesame seasoning, I couldn’t help but notice the freshness of the ingredients. The Avocado are a beautiful shade of green and the salad itself felt like the right start to a meal.
My highlight of the meal turned out a dish that I quite didn’t expect to be so good. The Miso soup was just bang on with the dashi and miso displaying its own unique flavor on the palate. It almost felt like ying/yang dancing in unison in a soup bowl. The silken tofu in the Miso soup and Nori completed the rest of the balance for a soup that was wonderfully executed.
Ebi Tempura or Tempura fried Prawns were fresh off the fryer. The tempura was fried golden and I quite liked it with the soy sauce. But it wasn’t until the sushi, that my excitement went up. I’ve always marveled at the jobs of chefs and truly respect their profession. Now to be able to view a chef making sushi right before my eyes rather than inside a kitchen, is an experience that I’ll much prefer.
Right from arranging the sticky rice and placing them on a sushi mat, neatly packing the fillings and meat, rolling it carefully to finishing it off with roe and sesame is a different kind of dining experience. The California Roll was delicious just as expected.
The action didn’t quite end with the rolls as it moved to the next sections of finishing the meats and cooking a lovely fried rice off a hot girdle. Hearing the sizzle of meat and seeing that beautiful char forming on the veggies as you wait for your order to be cooked is quite exciting experience.
The Teppanyaki Menu has now been incorporated as an a la carte option at Collage. The menu is vast and priced quite competitively. Kudos to Chef Prashanth on coming up with such a diverse Japanese menu which just makes eating out fun and also interactive.
Pictures Courtesy – Ravi Tenneti’s Photography
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