When Shiki opened in the late-’80s, Japanese food was still exotic. Now the city is knee deep in sushi bars and ramen joints, but teppanyaki remains a bit of a novelty.
Shiki still offers one of Adelaide’s most expensive tasting menus, but for your money you’ll experience a fine balancing act between chaos and order. Wisecracking teppanyaki chefs fling food cooked on flaming hot plates, while wait staff are proper and poised, making sure everything runs smoothly.
The four set menus are what make Shiki a good pick for special occasions. The $95 Hakone menu is the simplest, but for $145 per person you can enjoy fresh sashimi and steamed bug tails in a seafood-rich feast. In true Japanese style the food is delicate and the eight-course menu leaves you satisfied, rather than stuffed.
To match there’s Australian wines, or Japanese sakes, beers, plum wine and shochu. Business lunches have a large liquid component, and shared teppanyaki tables can get lively. Private tables offer a slightly more intimate affair if you’re not after the theatrics or company.