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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Zipang Provisions

Zipang Provisions just started having lunch hours on weekdays so my co-workers and I decided to try it out. Before they only served lunch on weekends. Zipang Provisions used to be just Zipang and located on Main and 23rd? but they they moved to Main and 14th near Burgoo and next to the Last Crumb Bakery.

Since they just started serving lunch, it was pretty empty. I like the the wood themed decor though it looks very nice and polished inside.

Zipang Provisions

To start, we shared the Chicken Kaarage with Garlic Mayo. There were five pieces but one was a lot smaller than the others. The chicken was very moist and juicy! Can’t go wrong with fried chicken!

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Gyo-O Japanese Restaurant

Since my next two exams are next week I’m slacking off for now. My friend and I took a study break to Gyo-O for lunch (read my previous post here). Gyo-O specializes in donburis and ramen. Once again, I was overwhelmed with all the pictures on the extensive menu. There are just so many things I want to try! Meanwhile my friend already knew what he wanted right away… except I think he’s used to waiting for me to decide. ^^”


I believe everything served during lunch hours comes with miso soup.

Gyo-OMy friend had the Seafood Yukke Don which I had ordered last time. This is a bowl of rice topped with chopped sashimi mixed with their special sauce. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it looked like there was slightly more seafood last time? Or maybe they just put different types of seafood in it. Nevertheless, it was equally delicious with a perfectly poached egg to top it off. Be warned that the texture can seem a bit slimy!

Gyo-O Meanwhile I had the Mini Spicy Tuna Don. They have a decent selection of mini sized dons. If you don’t have a big appetite, this is actually a pretty good size since all the rice will fill you up. For an extra $3, you can make this a combo. This came with three pieces of spicy tuna sashimi on a bed of rice with some seaweed salad and bamboo shoots. Since there wasn’t enough sauce, I poured their addicting homemade soy sauce on the rice and mixed it all up. Due to the heat from the rice the tuna warmed up but I didn’t mind it. Combined with the spicy sauce on the tuna, this was a very tasty bowl of rice! I don’t know what they put in their soy sauce but it tastes especially good. This cost about $5.50 so about half the price of a full sized bowl.

Gyo-OFinally we had a side of takoyaki. Buried underneath the pile of bonito flakes are 6 piping hot balls of savoury goodness!

My experience here was just as good as my first time here. The service was warm and friendly. I can’t wait to try some of their other rice bowls! I would definitely recommend trying this place at least once!

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