When making ADR’s for our trip this past March, my goal was to try places I’d never had before. Eventually Elizabeth & I settled on Teppan Edo in Epcot. Neither one of us had ever been to a Teppanyaki style restaurant before and, even though we had heard mixed reviews about the place, we made the decision to go and we were not disappointed!
We arrived about 30 minutes before our ADR time of 845 in the evening and after checking in, we had a short 5-10 minute wait, but were still seated early. We were taken back down the long hallway past many dining rooms and seated with two other families (as the food is served family style) at the same hibachi grill-table. (The grill was part of the table for the “show”.)
After our very attentive waitress took our orders, she asked the table how we wanted to eat our food for the evening and that got a round of “what?” looks from the table. She explained that you could use traditional silverware, chop-sticks, or “modified” chop-sticks for beginners. The couple at the far end of the table opted for the silverware, the family to our right went with traditional chop-sticks and we went with the “modified” version.
Once our orders were placed, our chef for the meal arrived with a cart full of everything we ordered and set out to impress everyone at the table, and he did just that. As he prepared the meals he showed off his skill (and comfort behind the grill it seemed) and not only made the onion volcano everyone hears so much about, he even made an onion Mickey. I’m not talking the silhouette, I mean an entire Mickey head! Once he was finished he asked us if our son would like to join him behind the grill for a photo and the boy could hardly contain himself! The chef was very direct beforehand explaining not to touch anything and once both were behind the grill, our chef put his hat on Tim’s head and gave him pepper shakers and posed with him, and really made our son’s night.
Now onto the food! We were all served a side order of noodles and veggies to go along with our main entrée. My son went with the chicken and he cleaned his entire plate. He also used up just about every drop of sauce (more on that in a minute). Elizabeth had the filet mignon and it was cooked perfectly. She has commented that this was one of her favorite meals of the entire week! I went with the sirloin steak which was cooked to a medium and was very tender. Each person was also given a small 3 slot tray with sauce for us to us as dip with the meal and this really enhanced the flavors of the meat for all of us.
Afterwards the chef bowed and thanked us for dining and excused himself from the table, and our waitress came back to get dessert orders. I went with the Chocolate Ginger Cake which was wonderful. It wasn’t too rich and the portion wasn’t as big as other desserts we’d had that week so I was full but not that “miserable full” you can feel sometimes. Elizabeth had the Green Tea Pudding and while different, seemed to enjoy it.
Bottom Line: While I enjoyed the food very much, I did not think my steak was better than the others I had during the week at Le Cellier and Yachtsman Steakhouse, however the show that we got while our meal was being prepared was spectacular! The chef knew exactly what he was doing, was comfortable behind the grill and involved everyone at the table, kids and adults alike. I would love to return here in the future and would suggest if you’re looking for a great time as well as meal, check out Teppan Edo.