Tae’s Teppanyaki

Do you know about Tae’s Teppan-Yaki lunch wagon, in the Kaheka Street Daiei parking lot?

The chef used to be a teppan-yaki chef. The lunch wagon sells one thing: teppan-yaki-style, thinly sliced beef rolled up around thinly-grated daikon, resting on a bed of romaine lettuce. You get your choice of sauces (the wasabi seems to be the most popular, but I like just the salt and pepper), and your plate comes with a pretty good ponzu dipping sauce. It won’t stuff you to the gills, but for $5.50, you get a yummy-tasting, high-quality takeout.

I like to take mine to the Daiei food court. What a menagerie of humans in various conditions!

The posted hours are M-F, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., but I hear the food never lasts until closing. Give it a try. I’ve had it twice in the last three weeks, and am going again tomorrow night (my Bible study is a block from there, and I ride the bus from work).

posted by Mitchell

Joel said:

I’ve tried the teppan yaki lunch wagon many a times as I work right next to holiday mart. I sometimes get two plates because one just never seems to be enough for me. *if you already didn’t know about me I can eat so don’t let that fool you. The size of the individual plate is pretty decent* I actually talkstory with the cook as he is an avid golfer himself. He seems like a really nice guy and always laid back. I prefer the teriaki meat over anything else. sometimes I get the garlic, but teriaki is the best.

I also went to the cheesecake factory, and I had the streak and mash as well. Loved the atmosphere, and all the dishes that I’ve tried were “above average” at best. They’re really good about variety, and the cheesecakes are awesome.

May 13, 2006, Mitchell said:

Tae’s Teppan-Yaki has moved out of the lunch wagon to the location across Kaheka street where that taco place used to be (see Penny’s comment above, from October 24, 2004) and has added some items to the menu. In addition to the beef rolls, you can get a pork teppan-yaki roll with the same choice of sauces, and a “sukiyaki” plate that comes with a fried egg.

Everything is $5.50, still.

I had the pork roll and it was yummy. Can’t wait to go back and try the sukiyaki. Open every day from 10 in the morning to 8 at night! Hey, I think I’ll go again tomorrow. Who’s in? 🙂

The sukiyaki was good, but not as good as the teppan yaki. Worth a try if you’ve already had the other dishes and every one of the sauces. I didn’t mention the other day that now you can get, instead of rice, brown rice or “garlic rice” for a buck more. Get the garlic rice! It’s really good. I think the rice is steamed with the garlic in it, and I thought it was yummy. I was still there at 8:00, closing time, and the owner went out of his way to tell me to take my time. The people there are super-nice.

This is one of my favorite places to eat.

May 26 2006, Reid said:

Larri and I finally tried Tae’s. Mitchell was right that it wasn’t something filled me up. He was also right about the garlic rice. I think I could just eat a bowl of that and be pretty happy. (Well, not quite, but you get the point.)

I got the wasabi, and while it was OK, I wished the meat was a little hotter in temperature. I also like that fact that that it came with a lot of green salad. That made the meal pretty refreshing. For what you pay for it’s a solid deal, and it’s stuff you can’t get anywhere else, so it’s worth visiting.

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