On our recent trip to Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort for the Candlelight Processional, I made reservations for our group to go to dinner at Teppan Edo before the evening’s show. The hibachi-style restaurant is located in the Japan Pavilion of World Showcase.
DIStracted Tip: Japan is located conveniently close to the American Adventure Pavilion where the Candlelight Processional, as well as other shows throughout the year, is held.
Once you make your way to Japan, proceed to the check-in area for Teppan Edo, which is located at the base of the staircase leading up to the restaurant. You will receive a pager and be called back to the check-in when your table is ready. Once you are upstairs, you will be directed to a second hostess, who will lead you to your table.
DIStracted Tip: You will not be seated until your entire party is present, so make sure to have everyone accounted for when you approach the check-in area.
From the time you enter the restaurant, you will feel as though you are really in Japan. All the restaurant staff are dressed in traditional Japanese attire, which adds to the experience. The staff also address each party member with a ceremonial bow when discussing the menu and how the dinner works. You are seated at a table that has a hot, stove-top built into the table, so you’ll want to be sure to heed the multiple warnings and don’t touch the metal part of the table.
The Candlelight Processional dinner package included your choice of one appetizer, one main course and one dessert. The appetizers included Wafu Ribs, Assorted Tempura, and Miso Soup, among others. I opted for the Edamame, as my children love to eat them. My husband ordered the Wafu Ribs and they were fall off the bone delicious, glazed in a sweet and sticky sauce. However, we were all trying to save room for the plateful of food that came next.
DIStracted Tip: Teppan Edo can be a very popular choice so reservations are recommended. It is important to note that if your party is larger than 8 people, you will be seated at two tables.
No matter which entrée you order, you will get to enjoy the show as an expert chef prepares everyone’s meal in front of you. Entrée choices included your choice of one of eight selections, including Steak and Shrimp combo, Cold Water Scallops, and Filet Mignon. Also, you will be served three dipping sauces that will compliment all food types. The chef will come out after your appetizer is delivered and begin to demonstrate their culinary skills in the preparation of your sides and main dishes. Our chef began with making a little steam train out of an onion stack, which delighted the children in our party. After that, the chef began to prepare the noodle and veggie stir-fry, which is served to all regardless of entrée choice. I ordered the Filet Mignon for my main course and it did not disappoint. The meat was super tender and getting to watch it be cooked to perfection just added to the enjoyment.
Not that we had any room left, but after the main course, we were offered our choice of Green Tea Ice Cream or Chocolate Ginger Cake. I opted for the Chocolate Ginger Cake, which was a great mix of sweet and savory.
As you can imagine, our party left with full bellies and wide eyes after catching a satisfying meal and fabulous show. If you have a craving for authentic Japanese cuisine and a dinner show, I highly recommend making your way over to Teppan Edo!