Tonight, I was meeting some friends for Le Cellier. I wasn't looking forward to the meal itself, as I had two very disappointing meals there during the free dining stay I had. (this, after going since it opened and always enjoying it!)
BUT, as I made my way (the long way) around World Showcase, I noticed guests in Teppan Edo. That isn't unusual, as the restaurant has started hosting events for the Food and Wine Festival.
(gratuitous Spaceship Earth photo!)
But this time, there was no sign saying "private event". Nor was there a rope to keep anyone out. I walked up the steps and watched as others went in. And I did too (and then called my friends to let them know the restaurant was open).
The first thing I noticed, everyone was bowing. And when I say everyone, I doubt I got bowed to less than 200 times this evening. If I ordered a drink, if I was getting a drink refill, if I was heading out to the bathroom – everywhere I went, I was bowed to. That is different than the previous incarnation (Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki). It was just a really different experience for me.
I was told that the restaurant opened for the first time today. And that they were only taking walk-ups, no reservations were allowed. There were two reservation systems side by side when you entered – one for Tokyo dining (on the left), one for Teppan Edo.
The next thing I noticed, was Tokyo Dining's lovely dining room. That is the first portion of the restaurant visible, and is quite classy looking. Tokyo Dining has more sushi and grilled items, I haven't seen the menu – but we wanted to go to Teppan Edo.
We didn't have to wait too long (5 minutes or so) to be seated. Teppan Edo and the Tokyo Dining Room have very vibrant colors now. The Tokyo Dining colors change, but Teppan Edo's color of choice is red. The main difference in Teppan Edo vs. Teppanyaki is the styling – if you liked the food before, then that isn't going to change now. The entertainment part hasn't changed (i.e. – the volcano, etc.).
Photos around the entrance/Tokyo Dining area:
Walking down towards Teppan Edo:
Still owned by Mitsukoshi (which is the reason they still have the logo, I just had a comment about that – but the restaurant is still owned by the company). 🙂
Getting our wet napkins:
I didn't want to use a flash in the restaurant, so sometimes it's harder to get a good photo. But here, she (one of our servers) was affixing rubber bands and paper to our chopsticks to make them easier to use:
You can see that the servers have a different style of dress:
I had a salad with ginger dressing: