As I enter the final trimester, I started to realise why everyone thought pregnancy was tough. During the weekend, when we had nothing planned, even the simplest idea of climbing up and down four flights of stairs just to get a meal frightened me! On this occassion, my hubby and I woke up from a nap in the afternoon only to find that it was already getting dark. Although I try to avoid food with strong flavours to avoid swelling, I really wanted to have tepanyaki somehow. I wanted to have some beef so the baby could grow bigger, and it was also because I really couldn't think of anything else I wanted to eat. As the baby grew bigger, it was more difficult to ride on the back of the scooter, so we decided to drive to Xizhi, instead of heading into downtown. We thought that parking would be slightly easier.
After a while, all we saw was the chain store 大埔 (Dapu). It was just beside the main street, so we decided to look further, since it was difficult to park. Then, we finally found this place - 圓多立 (Yuan duo li). We saw that there was a crowd in front of the place, waiting their turn, and thought that it was probably pretty good. We found a parking lot nearby and slowly walked back to the restaurant. I think it was because I had just woken up that caused my limbs to feel quite weak. At times like this, I would often wonder how I'd get through to the day the baby arrived! Thankfully, I think it really was because I had just woken up!
Even though we had to wait, it wasn't a long wait. After all, how long would it take you to finish a tepanyaki meal? There were benches, so it was nice to have a place to sit while we waited. During the wait, we saw a poster on the wall, briefly stating the history of the restaurant. Seemed to have survived quite a while. Apparently, it was the first tepanyaki place in the neighbourhood.
Tepanyaki would be a great choice if you want both meat and veggies in a single meal.
I have quite mixed feelings towards sprouts. I don't like them, but I don't hate them either. It all depends on my mood, really.
The cook that prepared our food seemed to be an old employee (or maybe the owner!). He chatted a bit with us while preparing our meal.
We ordered two sets, both beef - one fillet and the other sirloin. I can't tell which pic is which though!
I saw with my own eyes that the meat they took out to cook was an entire chunk, and not pre-sliced. We had tepanyaki elsewhere before, and the meat was suspiciously treated with god-knows-what. The beef here, however, tasted like untreated beef. Despite the strong taste of the sauce, you can still tell that the beef tasted like beef! Pity, though, that the depth of field function doesn't work that well on my phone camera. Tried a dozen times, and still can't figure out how to get it right. I guess I'll have to wait till the baby arrives, then I can freely use my DSLR again to take the pictures I really want to take!
An addtional basil fried egg that we ordered.
It was a good meal! Sometimes it takes an adventurous heart to find new, worthwhile restaurants. This time, it was a success!