It’s time you became... the armchair Iron Chef.
Introducing Tetsu Teppan Grill, the first choose-your-own-dinner venture from controlling master chef Masa Takayama, opening August 1 at Aria.
Perhaps you’re familiar with Takayama, the unbending Iron Chef whose stern “What I say goes” Omakase attitude is standard practice at all his restaurants. All but this one—his first venture into the world of teppanyaki. This one’s more like a bespoke, high-end hibachi joint, only with less cowboy-chef theatrics, gas grills and seafood flown in twice-weekly from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market.
Also, he’s giving you a personal chef at your grill/table to micromanage, down to the body fat percentage of your sashimi.
You’ll take a small, semicircular “VIP” table for six with a view of the giant ingredients table in the center, ordering a half-pound of blue lobster with a very specific amount of caviar. Your chef will nod, parse out the fish egg contents and slice the lobster tail to your liking, while suggesting a sake pairing from the restaurant’s nearly-100-bottle collection.
Again, only a suggestion.