I don’t talk about my older kids on my blog but my daughter turned thirty on Sunday. When I was thirty I was already married with two children, but that’s a different story. She wanted to go to one of her favourite restaurants, Miyako Teppanyaki in the Arcadian in Birmingham City Centre. My daughter has been there several times now, but my only previous visit had been for my son’s birthday meal a couple of years ago.
We started out on our journey which on a Sunday evening should have taken 20 minutes. The reservation at the restaurant was for 7.30pm so we figured that leaving at 6.45 pm would give us plenty of time.
Our journey into the City Centre takes us past Edgbaston Cricket ground. Now, if you are a sports follower, you may have realised that there was a very important match Between England and India. Daughter did mention it but Graham reckoned it was all over by the time we left.
Yes, the match was over, and yay! England won. But, everyone was still leaving the cricket ground putting us in the traffic jam from hell. There was no way we were going to make it. As soon as we could we turned off and headed away from the traffic, and our destination to go the ‘long way around.’ While panic ensued in the car and a hasty phone call was made to the restaurant, we continued on our journey. Arriving just before 7.30 pm.
We got out of the car and Graham removed my wheelchair, but it wouldn’t move. We had left the battery at home! It looked like we were set for disaster, but fortunately the restaurant wasn’t too far away and my eldest son was able to push me there.
The Teppanyaki Meal.
Teppanyaki is a Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook the food. At Myako Teppanyaki the chefs cook the food at the table while telling jokes, performing tricks and generally putting on a show. They start by setting the griddle on fire.
Meanwhile, we are tucking into our starters.
I was served a delicious trio of appetizers along with a side salad with a heavenly dressing.
The Chef then brought out the tray of meat and fish he was going to cook. There were four of us on the table so this was for all of us. There was lobster, salmon, scallops, prawns, duck and steak as well as noodles and vegetables to go in the rice.
I’d chosen a very fishy main course from a set menu. We watched as the chef set to work. He started by frying off some garlic which he then put to the side. He then tapped some eggs on the grill to break the bottom and built them up into a tower. The eggs where then cracked and cooked on the grill very quickly. He then added the vegetables to cook them and finally the rice. They served each of us with a bowl of lovely egg fried rice with vegetables.
It was amazing watching the chef work on cooking, he used his two iron spatulas to cook everything with precision, adding flavourings as he went along. The end result was four delicious looking meals. Here’s mine before he added the noodles.
I had fried rice, lobster, scallops and salmon and noodles. My son gave me a piece of his steak to try, and although I don’t normally like steak, it was perfect. Then the guy sitting next to me insisted that I tried his duck. It was heaven. I will most definitely ask for duck next time.
If you have a set menu, the dessert is always the same, coconut ice cream with fruit and mango sauce. It really is delicious and refreshing. You can order other desserts though and my daughter had a Matcha ice cream.
The evening may have started stressful, but it turned out to be very pleasant thanks to such a lovely meal and some entertainment.
Happy Birthday Eldest Daughter, I hope you enjoyed your day x