Joining in on the Pepper Lunch Craze

Pepper Lunch opened in the small complex under London Drugs on No. 3 Road and also conveniently next to Beard Papa’s! I arrived right at 6pm and there was no line up yet phew! However, 15 mins later there was a line up of 10 people. I’m probably the last person to be blogging about them now (although this is a late blog post). The restaurant looks pretty nice with mostly booth seating and large pictures on the wall.

Pepper Lunch

You order at the front and then they tell you which table to go to. They have some pricier premium steak options and you can make it a combo with a soft drink and miso soup for an extra $2.

Pepper Lunch

I had the Pepper Burger Steak which came with some bean sprouts and greens as well as some kind of garlic soy sauce. The plate was sizzling so much it was steaming up my phone camera when I tried to take a picture. I quickly moved the meat onto of the bean sprouts so that it wouldn’t burn and so the bean sprouts could be cooked more. The meat had a distinct peppery flavour and it was really soft. I thought it was similar to the one I had at Suika before but much more peppery and in a good way.

Since my rice came on the side, I added a lot of their honey garlic soy sauce to make it tastier. On the other hand, I probably could’ve just dumped my rice onto the hot plate and mixed it up.

Pepper LunchThis was the Extra Beef Pepper Rice combo with an egg added. The beef and rice definitely tasted peppery! There doesn’t look like a lot of “extra” beef though.

Teppan Kitchen in the Aberdeen food court serves up something very similar (I think I’ve only been to Teppan Kitchen twice so can’t really compare much) but the quality of the meat seems to be slightly better here and there are more options. The food was good but it’s not really something I would usually line up for since I’m not that into sizzling plates but you should give it a try when they’re less busy. I gotta say their service is pretty efficient! Someone quickly clears the table after a group leaves and they also check in on you to see if everything is good.

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Strike

Strike is a fairly new Taiwanese restaurant that opened last year and they have two locations already, one on Broadway and one in Richmond. I actually went to both last month!

StrikeI ordered the Taiwanese minced meat sauce on rice but it was with a sesame peanut sauce instead of the usual meat sauce. The portion was really big and there was plenty of meat! I found the sesame peanut flavour to be too strong after a while and the flavour became overwhelming. I think I’ll stick with the original.

StrikeThis was the Black Pepper Steak sizzling plate which came with an egg and some veggies and rice. It was a bit chewy.

Strike

The other time I went I had the Sweet and Sour Chicken with rice. The sauce was good but I think the chicken pieces were really fatty and soft. It was like there wasn’t really any meat…

StrikeChicken Nuggets!!! Super delicious and perfectly salty and peppery. They hit the spot! I think you can order a small or large order of this and this was a large.

StrikeBlack Pepper Steak with noodles underneath. The steak seems bigger than the last time I was here (see picture above).

Strike

Pork chops with rice? I didn’t try this.  I don’t know why they didn’t put the pork chops on another dish like for my sweet and sour chicken.

The Broadway location opened first and it’s smaller than the Richmond location and their menu was smaller too. I’m not sure if that was just the lunch menu but usually they serve everything for both lunch and dinner. I think it’s another good choice for Taiwanese food (I like having choices!). I should try their bubble tea next time.

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