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“an original teppanyaki experience - great value”
Review of Tairyo Teppanyaki

Tairyo Teppanyaki
Ranked #179 of 12,778 Restaurants in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
Reviewed April 1, 2013

We didn't know what to expect, having had quite a few high quality teppanyaki experiences in major cities in Asia. This was a delightful, entertaining and relaxing experience, much more casual and lowbrow than past experiences, but very worthwhile nonetheless. While the quality of the food was a little uneven, overall it was very good, and the variety was impressive. They "all you can eat and drink" option is the way to go, so don't hold back. Give it a try.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I will start by saying that I really like the food at Tairyo, and the price seems reasonable for all-you-can eat. Every time I've been I tell myself I'm not going back because of the annoyance.

#1, don't actually expect to get everything you order. I swear if they think you are eating or ordering too much they just don't bring things out for the chef to cook. And when you order, it seems like ordering 1 of something literally means you will get 1 shrimp, not 1 order of shrimp.

#2, the chef never cooks things in the order he is given them and I literally waited for over an hour for a simply fried rice, watching him skip it about 20 times as he continued to make new things. He also made food so quickly for a couple that sat down after us that it didn't even make sense. We waited for quite a while when we sat down as he prepared many dishes for our table mates, these people walked in and within 5 minutes had about 3 dishes to choose from plus the stuff they'd ordered from the kitchen, while we'd waited for about 10-15 minutes just sitting there not eating.

If you have 3 hours to spend eating and don't mind being treated like crap as Westerns, I'd say go for it. Otherwise don't bother.

Thank ShannaAndFamily
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

great food selection and experience. make sure you book a table, rather go for later, because they might rush you out at 8pm...

Thank Chinetics
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Have been to this restaurant chain a number of times and location.
The seafood is fresh and my favorites are salmon sashimi, oysters and scallops. Throw in unlimited drinks including cocktails and beer, you can sort of get your money worth meal. The environment is pub-like chattering-bustling and noisy high decibel background music, so making it a good rendezvous with colleagues for a rowdy Fri and Sat dinners.
A few downside/pointers to be aware of especially for a foreigner like me:
1. Make sure you book in advance. They have 2 seatings each nite, so when you just walk-in either you have to complete your meal within say 1 hr or so if there is vacancy wait for 2 hrs for next seating.
2. Service level is generally not great and erratic/inconsistent depending on the staff of the day. You may have to struggle to communicate with waitress/chef in English if you are a foreigner without a local host. Other nuisances eg how you want your beef cooked, they go by %age.. 50% (they don't understand medium rare), 75% for medium well. Expect order mixed-up with food you have not ordered and missing orders - bound to happen in each visit with the only difference in degree of problem - what you expect for QA process, this is China.
3. As this is teppanyaki style so the chef is an important element in your dining experience and quality of cooked food served. If you are at Sanlitun branch try to get the long tables in the centre next to water feature. The rookies are usually assigned to those along the wall and they can turn good meat to mediocre taste with garlic, oil and sauces introduced at inappropriate stages of the cooking process.
4. They will still need to make money, so oyster is limited (unofficially) to one order (they will give various reasons eg out of stock etc etc), serve your sushi/sashimi unappetizingly on untidy/chipped plates, stretch delivery time if your hungry group has been eating too much for their $$.
5. Certainly not a place to go if you are looking for a calming quiet romantic dinner with a new date or business acquaintance. Try Blue-frog restaurant instead if this is the case.
6. They will literally 'chase' you out about 15min before time, and the culture is that they expect you move to cashier within the next minute or so upon receiving the tab at your table. They tend to get agitated if there is any delay. Don't fret about it this is service China-factory style, to get ready for their next seating.
Hope this help to prime you for your visit.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I still cannot believe we paid only 240 RMB per person to eat fabulous amounts of sushi and sashimi, beef fillets, seafood, sake, beer and desserts. The atmosphere is also very good: beautifully decorated and the chef will prepare the food in your table. It's a place you cannot miss when you visit Beijing.

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1  Thank AnaKarinaBu
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