I went to Pepper Lunch with my friends today, which is a steak restaurant in George Street.
I had actually knew Pepper Lunch, as it is a restaurant franchise in Japan. It is not like a usual steak restaurant as it is a sort of “fast-food” style one. It is cheap and fast. It is famous for “pepper lunch” plates which you are served with a piece of raw beef and rice in a hot plate. You mix them up, and then it is ready.
Pepper lunch was began by Kunio Ichinose 14 years ago. He was a chef and had his own restaurant in Tokyo, and he was one of the earliest who introduced induction cookers to cook steaks. Around that time, major steak restaurants came to have cheap dishes because of a liberalization of beef trade and strong Japanese yen. However, he had a strong belief that there had to be some new style of serving steaks if they wanted to serve them cheap. He then came up with the method of pepper lunch plate using metal plates and the induction cookers, and opened the first Pepper Lunch in Kanagawa, Japan.
I ordered an eel pepper lunch plate, which was $13.30. Eel is very common fish for dishes in Japan, and is usually very expensive and considered luxury.
It was good, not only about the taste itself, but also the style. It is very unique that you can actually see how it is cooked with your spoon, and it would be far different from your experience.
You will find a combination of cultures in the beef as well…
If you are bored with conventional Japanese restaurants, Pepper Lunch may be a good choice. Japanese food is not only about Sushi or tempura… it is its uniqueness.
By the way, the logo of Pepper Lunch is a palette. Ichinose likes painting, and the logo depicts his will to serve such unique and colorful dishes to his customers.
Pepper Lunch is located at:
537 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000
Here’s a blog entry by my friend who I had the lunch with:
Lunch In “Pepper Lunch” – Clement & Andy “Random” Reviews