SheKnows: Teppanyaki: Where Dinner is the Show!


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What is Teppanyaki?
Teppanyaki ((鉄板焼き ) is one of my favorite things for dinner! I love when this Japanese style dinner is the show! The Japanese words literally mean grilled on an iron plate— teppan (鉄板) translates to iron plate and yaki (焼き) means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried.

Teppanyaki vs. Hibachi Grilling

Teppanyaki has a flat solid cooking surface more like a griddle and Hibachi uses an open grate grill. Hibachi is better for larger things as smaller finely chopped carrots, onions and rice will fall through this system. Hanjip is a Korean BBQ in Culver City while ROKU Sunset is teppanyaki! See my videos to see them both in action!

History of Teppanyaki in America

The first chain to bring Japanese teppanyaki to American was the “Misono” chain in 1945 shortly after World War II. Americans loved the food and flavor of Teppanyaki but also the chef who could juggle knives, tell jokes and set the entire grill on fire! In 1954, a famous Japanese wrestler, Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki opened the first ‘Benihana’ teppanyaki restaurant in New York City and brought the teppanyaki experience to millions with its eighty restaurants around the globe.

I have been lucky to find amazing Teppanyaki chefs all over America from St. Paul to Palm Desert and from Guam to Los Angeles. Each one has a different flair but they never disappoint!

St PaulSaji Ya Restaurant  “Saji-Ya where festive meets intimate, and where local ingredients and selectively imported Japanese ingredients are show-cased through the passion of our Chefs. Our goal to serve you tasty dishes that are pleasing to the eye and to make you feel at ease with service that is always friendly.”

Palm Desert: Mikado “One of the finest Palm Desert restaurants, the ancient tradition of the Samurai lives on at Mikado, where knife-twirling chefs use fire and steam to create mouthwatering culinary art from the freshest meats, seafood and produce.”

Los Angeles: ROKU Sunset: “ROKU challenges traditional Teppanyaki to sharpened standards, combining a cutting-edge setting with exceptional ingredients and impeccable sushi. Teppan chefs prepare A-5 Japanese Wagyu, Matsuzaka beef, Santa Barbara spot prawns and other high-quality ingredients at interactive grill tables. ROKU’s menu offers new style appetizers, inventive entrees and select favorites from the iconic Sushi Roku brand alongside a vast selection of handpicked sakes, crafted cocktails and the largest selection of Japanese whiskey in the LA culinary scene.”

Where do you love to eat Teppanyaki? Let me know maybe I will go there next!

Find more tasty treats from my trips and travel tales on my website, We Said Go Travel, or my YouTube Channel. Happy New Year! Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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