This would be what I call Pepper Lunch meets Steamboat, where you cook your own Teppanyaki and Sukiyaki in a hot metal pot on an electric stove. It’s a fun concept. Though my mum will probably question, “Cook yourself, might as well eat at home.”
With such a self-service system, Sho Teppan will therefore appeal to the young. The queue at Sho Teppan seems shorter than the other Japanese places at Ion Orchard, with ONLY a 15 minute wait. I would assume many ladies would be put off dining here for the smell that would be left on the clothes and hair, but it ain’t too bad. The décor feels like Mos Burger meets Pepper Lunch, with the same type of colour concept and clean look.
Patrons seat at box shaped Japanese style counter. You can only possibly talk to the person sitting beside you. Those with big clutters of friends, better sit beside someone you can chit-chat with. If you are bored, you can also spend the time people-watching, observing strange eating manners of the shoppers right opposite.
The two main type of dishes are the Sukiyaki and Teppanyaki – both come with wide choice of meats such as beef, chicken and seafood. The price range between $10 and $20, very affordable considering that even the food court is very expensive.
I ordered a Hotate Sukiyaki. The soup was rather ordinary, and tasted like what you can get from the typical Japanese supermarket. No complains, what you pay is what you get. At least it’s not extremely salty like what other restaurants may offer. Refill is water instead of stock, so take note of that.
But the next time I would order a Wayu Beef – yes they have it.
Sho Teppan, 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-19 ION Orchard, Singapore, Tel: +65 6509 9969
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm Daily