Pepper Lunch (Richmond)

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Pepper Lunch, a Japanese franchise offering sizzling hot Teppan-style food, apparently has been open in Canada for several years now – with the Richmond location the first one in this country.

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According to what I’ve read online, Pepper Lunch was the most talked about place when it first opened, and lineups could be seen out the door on a daily basis. Ahhh… by now, all the hype has died down and when I visited last week on a rainy day in Richmond, there were no lineups and the place was half empty.

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Again, from what I’ve read online, your order comes with some sort of special electromagnetic cooker which will heat up to 260˚C in 70 seconds – and then remain hot for more than 20 minutes at a lower temperature. Therefore, your food is still kept warm without overcooking.

At Pepper Lunch, you order at the front first, and then you are assigned a table number where you are seated. When the food is ready, they bring it to your table.

I ordered the Beef Pepper Pasta (C$10.95), and was asked if I wanted a combo – which was Miso Soup plus a pop (for an additional C$2.75). I decided to go with that.

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Based on what I noticed during this visit, Pepper Lunch seems to be a place for young Asians, as practically every occupied table had young Asian couples or groups of Asian friends. I also noticed the service staff was predominantly Filipino, not Japanese.

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The food came with my pop and Miso Soup, and also sauce for the pasta. There were also two jars with special sauces, and I tried all of them to add more flavour.

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Okay, so I was looking at this dish, and the first thing I thought was that the portion was small. And this was a meal for over C$14.00 including taxes! I’d looked at the menu for a bit before ordering this, and I’d seen some items (eg. their steaks) priced at over C$30.00! So… I had to wonder about this overpriced pasta.

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As it turned out, I was proven right. An hour after the meal, I was feeling slightly hungry. Two hours later, I was definitely very hungry. Yikes.

Where: Pepper Lunch, #150 – 5951 No 3 Road, Richmond, BC, Canada  V6X 2E3
Website: http://www.pepperlunchcanada.com

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