If you are looking for a unique and delicious food experience for a special occasion, I insist you go to Hamachi Steakhouse Bar & Grill in downtown Halifax. If you peer through the window you can see one of their Japanese fusion chefs cooking tableside for lucky patrons.
Right along the waterfront in downtown Halifax overlooking the harbour you will find the restaurant with its unbelievable food and fantastic location.
Make sure to make a reservation! Our friends stopped by earlier in the day to do so and all Teppan-Yaki tableside seating was already booked so call a day in advance.
We were there to celebrate our friend Eric (on the right) and Mike’s (next photo) birthdays and this was the perfect spot. Sadly our friends Craig (left), Kelly and Eric will all be moving away before summer comes so it is all a bit bittersweet but still, wonderful.
Mike, Jen, myself and Reg managed to fit into one side of the booth together for yet another fantastic night out together.
Many of us got the Teppanyaki entrées which comes with a small bowl of miso soup that you sip out of this plastic cup. A beautiful way to begin.
After which you are served a stunning house salad with the most unbelievably light and delicious apple vinaigrette dressing. This was one of the best salads I have ever had. I could eat this every day!
As we ate there were flames all around us as the chefs prepared food at the special tables. At the end of the night Reg said that it was the first time he had been warm in months. If you think it is spring here on the east coast, take note of the pedestrian walking outside in his parka. How nice it was to be inside all warm and toasty for the first time in six months.
I ordered the Jumbo Shrimp Teppanyaki dinner which may look modest but I assure you, the flavours were perfection. Although I have had much larger shrimp and would not truly consider these to be jumbo in size, they were gigantic when it comes to flavour which is the most important thing to me. I was very grateful for the sauce that accompanied the rice and even more thankful that it was absolutely delicious.
I was not the only one who felt this way about dinner. I think it is the first time we have all gone out and absolutely polished off our plates. Even my husband Reg, who is notoriously difficult to appease when we go out (the hazards of living with your own personal cook and baker), was blown away and wants to go back. This makes this particular foodie very happy.
Although I did not partake in dessert (and you will see why in a second) Craig was kind enough to let me taste his white ganache cheesecake, finished off with a hint of raspberry essence. It was light, creamy and downright beautiful. My only complaint is from the sound of the dessert we all thought real raspberries would accompany the dish in some way. Nope, not even as a garnish.
Others had the Mount Fuji brownie (remnants photographed above) which looked astounding. Eric’s Deep Dish Apple Crisp looked equally impressive. Next time I will definitely order dessert!
The reason why we did not have dessert is I had to do some quality control before we went out to celebrate. I made this Chocolate Biscuit Cake for the birthday boys and for an Easter treat for my mother-in-law Lorraine. I smuggled in a few pieces so they guys could go home with them and enjoy them later on which they did! Thanks goes out to Debra for sending me the recipe. Turns out this cake is going to be served as the groom’s cake at the royal wedding. Not to worry, I will do a tutorial on that soon.
Dinner out at the Hamachi Steakhouse Bar & Grill was absolutely fantastic. Yes, it is a little pricey but considering you get the soup, salad and main dish when you order a Teppanyaki entrée the money is definitely worth it. Not only that our server Anthony was one of the best waiters I have ever had. So friendly, easy-going yet professional, he made us feel right at home. He was a star and made us feel so well taken care of. We all agreed that it was the perfect night out and we will definitely be going back.
I give the Hamachi Steakhouse Bar & Grill five out of five wooden spoons.