GIFTED: Christmas At Sapporo Teppanyaki

I absolutely love the run up to Christmas. I love the feeling of being snug in front of the fire, I love knowing that I’m going to enjoy delicious food with my family and I love painstakingly choosing our new Christmas tree decorations. Enter the Sapporo Teppanyaki Christmas Banquet. 

The C word? In September? I know, I know. Tragic.

All of the above said, Christmas itself can actually be a bit of a faff, especially if there’s a good number of you celebrating at once. As I get older, the inclination to cook a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for multiple family members gets less and less appealing – add Christmas Eve and Boxing Day festivities into the mix and I think I’d be having a coronary. That’s where the concept of Christmas banquets comes into play – groups of friends, work mates or else a nice family dinner before the festivities kick into action – whatever you reason for opting to eat out in the Christmas period, a banquet has never been a better idea. Especially when that banquet includes fancy sushi, your food cooked right before your eyes and absolutely no washing up to do in the slightest.

Sapporo Teppanyaki is an incredible concept. Richard and I have visited before and we absolutely loved it then. Now? I think we love it that little bit more, if that’s even possible. The idea of celebrating Christmas in September was a little alien to us – it hasn’t even been my birthday yet! When we arrived at the restaurant, we were led to a gorgeous laid out Christmas spread – I’m talking crackers, festive colours and everything you would expect at a Christmas banquet. The event itself was quite a large one but the waiter allocated to our table was more than attentive enough and made us feel comfortable and at ease. One of the things I have always said about Sapporo Teppanyaki is that even when it’s really busy, you feel as though the entire experience is directed at you.

Our waiter directed us through the banquet menu – we tried the Festive Premium Banquet menu on the night of the event. Every guest gets a salted Edamame bean antipasti as well as a selection of sushi as standard. I’d never actually tasted sushi before- fear of ordering it and not liking it put me off but I am happy to say I am a convert – I absolutely loved it! Cue me taking multiple trips to YoSushi now. We ordered a starter each – Richard went for the battered calamari and I ordered the Duck Spring Roll – the spring roll was absolutely fantastic but the game changer was definitely the calamari. I honestly have never had better.

The main course is where the experience kicks in – each table is allocated its own Teppanyaki chef who performs for you as he cooks your main course. I chose the minted Rack of lamb whilst Rich opted for a steak and king prawns. Your meat is cooked to your preference right in front of you – and is accompanied by sauteed potatoes, fried rice and stir-fried vegetables. There’s plenty of choice for any veggies that choose to visit as well. All the while we were eating, our waiter kept us topped up with wine and water – we honestly didn’t go without for a second. There’s also a broad choice for dessert – early schedules meant we didn’t have a chance to taste the desserts but we’ve had them before and can confirm that they are just as good as the rest of the food.

I’d fully recommend Sapporo Teppanyaki if you’re looking for somewhere a little bit different for your Christmas banquet – at £43 a head for 5 courses, you’re really spoiled for choice.

Experience the Sapporo Teppanyaki Christmas Banquet in One Minute:

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