Chikara Teppanyaki, White City, London
Since arriving in London I hadn’t made it out to a mall, and there’s something always reassuring about being in one. I think it has something to do with the fact that you can sustain a livelihood should you never want to leave. Clothes, entertainment, food, it’s all here. I for one, wouldn’t be disappointed should one day I accidentally got locked in a mall. Fingers crossed. Of the foodcourt choices at Shepherd’s Bush Westfield, or She-bu I was once told, Chikara Teppanyaki looked fair. Well, at least the plastic props give a good impression of the food.
I went for the £7.90 beef ramen, which was a stir fry. You get a buzzer and it isn’t too long for your order to be collected. It’s a nice little dish, but the beef has a rubberiness that tastes cheap and the noodles were a little sloppy. The teriyaki sauce was nice and at least didn’t have a food court standard of greasiness and regret after eating it. So you know, a fair dish that probably doesn’t taste quite as good as it looks.