Shinkun's TeppanYaki Bar & Grill

Dramatic cooking in Saidaiji

By Paul Hackshaw    - 2 min read

Shinkun’s Place is a small but interesting restaurant that opened in January 2011 and is slowly but surely becoming popular with anyone wanting to see some dramatic cooking.

Owner/chef “Shin-kun” or Shinsuke is just 27, and was keen to open his own restaurant after working several years at restaurants and hotels in Osaka. His specialty is teppanyaki which is grill-cooked food served in front of the customer on a large hotplate. Unusually though Shinsuke or his partner will often perform for customers by tossing cooking utensils, as well as salt and pepper shakers in the air and catching them behind his back.

One enjoyable highlight is the onion mountain, where he stacks onion rings on the grill; the lights are dimmed, then he pours alcohol over them and sets the pile alight. It looks as if the “mountain” is erupting before your own eyes.

The types of meals he serves include: homemade hamburger, diced steak, shrimp, fried potatoes, and filets of fish and much more. His most expensive (and tasty) dish is Wagyu (Japanese steak) cooked to your specification for 2800 yen. This steak, unlike “western” steak is marbled with streaks of succulent fat and creates a marvelous taste when cooked on the grill and the fat melts within the meat.

Customers can choose from a variety of sauces, such as tomato sauce, onion and garlic or demi-glace sauce for their hamburgers. Items can be ordered a-la-carte from the menu or ordered as a course menu, which runs to about 4,000 yen for one person. The course menu is highly recommended. Customers can also choose from an extensive imported wine and beer list. The restaurant also converts into a bar after 10 pm and is open until late but is closed on Sundays. It seats up to about twelve people at one time (six seated at the grill, or six at two small tables) and can be reserved for parties and special occasions. Reservations in English can be made by clicking on the email link.

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Paul Hackshaw

Paul Hackshaw @paul.hackshaw

I'm 49 years young and come from Auckland, New Zealand. I have now lived in Japan about 25 years, almost the entire time has been spent in the Kansai area. I originally lived in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture in 1987 and then moved to Osaka. Spending a few years in Osaka and when I married I moved to South Kyoto/Nara. I have been teaching English at several universities for a few years and since 2007 have been living in Nara. I realised after living here a while that I didn't really know much about the area I have been living in. My usual routine was to go in a straight line between home and work, and a beer on the way home. I have found some great little drinking spots and bars in my travels. Getting involved with Japan Tourist it has offered me the opportunity to go out and explore my neigborhood and to share my adventures as someone who has made Japan my home for 25 years. I hope that through Japan Tourist people will come to see the real Japan and learn a little more about the Nara I have come to know that you won't really learn about in guide books.

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