Tairyo Teppanyaki, Darling Harbour, Qingdao
A couple of weeks ago (on my birthday actually) we took a 13km stroll along the coast of Qingdao. Wait a minute, who does that? A 13 km stroll? This seems to be a new favorite of ours. With toilet breaks, stopping for snacks, and time to walk on the beach, this expedition takes us roughly 3-4 hours. That might sound insane, but this is some wonderful quality time as a family. We exercise together, escape the distractions of the internet and tv, and Elijah usually manages to get in a pretty decent nap too. In fact, on this particular day he slept for FIVE hours in his stroller. Mama bear started unzipping his stroller, to check if he was okay in there, as he approached the 5 hour mark. This is definitely the longest nap he has taken in his stroller! He must have enjoyed the soft, constant movement.
After working up quite an appetite, we found ourselves at Darling Harbour, on Yan’erDao Road. Tairyo Beef & Seafood Teppanyaki Restaurant started to sound amazing to our then empty bellies. We have always wanted to try this place, but never got round to it. At 200rmb per person, this always seemed rather steep for one meal, but since it was my birthday, we couldn’t think of a reason NOT to sit down and enjoy a feast. Tairyo Beef & Seafood Teppanyaki Restaurant is not for vegetarians: steak, scallops, fillets, lambchops, all different kinds of seafood, udon, and loads more; in fact, the dining experience continues until you throw in the towel and tell the chef to stop. Top it off with delicious desserts. The buffet cost also includes free flowing beer, wine, sake, and soda. Once seated we were handed a massive menu containing all of our options. We jumped right in and ordered a few portions of food.
Minutes later, a chef came to our table and started grilling all of our food on a metal plate that occupies most of the table, in a true Japanese style. Considering the cuts of meat and amount of fresh sashimi we were able to order, I was positively surprised with the food quality, not to mention the empathetic cooker we got. We ordered quite a wide range of food, from different kinds of meat, to fish, including vegetables, dessert… and many repeat rounds. Everything was cooked right there, just in front of us.
Elijah woke up about 30 minutes into our meal. We are absolutely in love with this place because not only can we eat to our hearts content, but they have high chairs. Anyone with a toddler will agree that meals are basically OVER if there is no high chair to keep their child in.one.place. Eli sat at the corner of the counter, and we sat on each side of him. The staff had seated us perfectly because even though we had Elijah between us, it still felt like we were sitting side by side.
If you live in Qingdao and you haven’t check this place out yet – don’t delay! We are pretty sure we will be returning regularly. This would be a great place for a group of friends as there are smaller tables where the entire group could sit around one or two chefs, and still be able to chat to each other. There are two locations in Qingdao. Be sure to make a reservation if you are going as a group. The restaurant was empty when we arrived but it filled up FAST!