Here is a guest review Jennie originally wrote for Alexis Salerno’s amazing blog, Gluten Free in Orlando.
One of my family’s favorite places to dine is Teppan Edo, located in Japan in the World Showcase in Epcot. It is not just a place to eat; it is a dining experience. The meal is prepared at the table by the chef. It is a fun event for the entire family.
Our family always chooses Teppan Edo because of the incredible gluten-free offerings. At our latest visit in July, we were thrilled to walk up at noon and find a table open without advanced dining reservations. What a wonderful surprise! It is a terrific place to go with a large crowd, because the tables fit eight people. If you have a smaller party, you will be placed with another family. I was traveling with my two children, my sister, Mary, and her three children. Our party totaled seven.
We were greeted by the manager, Garin. We explained to Garin that five of our party members are gluten-free. My two daughters and my niece have Celiac Disease and my sister and I choose to eat gluten-free as well. My fourteen-year-old daughter is highly sensitive, so contamination is always a big concern. Garin was very kind and explained that everything can be prepared gluten-free, except the noodles. Our table was supplied with gluten-free soy sauce and the chef prepared a cream sauce gluten-free.
Our meal began with sushi. This was a true treat because not many restaurants offer gluten-free sushi and my daughters both love it. We enjoyed an appetizer of the sushi sampler, which included tuna, salmon, shrimp nigiri, and California rolls.
Our chef, Ayumi, was fabulous. She entertained our party with high flying utensils and smoking onions stacked to represent a volcano. As she cut the tails from the shrimp, she tossed them into the air and caught them on the top of her hat. The kids loved every minute. It was a real show!
Ayumi next prepared our main meals. She began by scouring the 500 degree cooking surface to clean it of all contamination. That was impressive. She then placed the shrimp, chicken, steak, and swordfish at various areas of the surface.
My sister, Mary, had shrimp and steak. She told me that is was fabulous and the steak was grilled to perfection. The meat was a perfect cut. My fourteen-year-old daughter had swordfish. She raved about her lunch. My ten year-old-daughter and my ten-year-old niece each ordered the shrimp and I had shrimp and chicken. We all could not be happier. My seven-year-old twin nephews, who do not have Celiac Disease, enjoyed chicken and shrimp.
All of our meals were prepared with a side dish of a vegetable combination of cabbage, onions, zucchini, and carrots. It was quite tasty! It is not something I would normally choose to eat, but I was happily surprised at the taste.
The entire atmosphere was festive and we enjoyed our afternoon. The gluten-free options are outstanding. It was a safe and fun place to dine for those who suffer from Celiac Disease. Thank you, Teppan Edo!