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Introducing: Teppan Kenta, a new Japanese grill house at Bay and Wellesley

Introducing: Teppan Kenta

Name: Teppan Kenta
Contact Info: 24 Wellesley St. W., 647-345-0905,, @teppankenta,
Neighbourhood: Downtown Core
Owner/Chef: Kenta Taniguchi, the former manager at Guu Izakaya

The Food: Griddled meats and other quick-fried Japanese dishes, including okonomiyaki, a savoury pancake topped with pork, noodles, cabbage and egg. Among the more adventurous options: a cheesy shrimp melt served with croutons and edamame, and a potato pizza topped with pickled fish innards—best paired with beer, we’re told.

The Drinks: Sake, shōchū and cocktails flavoured with melon, mango and lychee. Sapporo and Asahi beers are available by the pint, bottle or pitcher.

The Place: A streamlined space with communal benches, an open kitchen and a window ledge crammed with colourful potted plants. A seat at the bar lets you watch chef Taniguchi at work on the griddle.

The Numbers:
• 50 seats, including 14 handmade bar stools
• 2 massive metal griddles, called tappan
• 1 dollar to add a scoop of ice cream to any cocktail