OUT with the old, and in with the new, as the saying goes.
That’s the mantra that Teppan Two Sixty seems to have run with as the brand new restaurant takes over the much-loved Casa Mia site on Millennium Square.
Before you mourn the loss of Casa Mia (a stalwart of the Leeds dining scene), don’t fear – there are other branches in the city. However Teppan Two Sixty hasn’t batted an eyelid and has boldly moved into the site in the blink of an eye.
There’s nothing to remind you of the Italian restaurant, as the fresh-faced eatery has adopted a modern grey decor, shiny floors and a cafe area.
Teppan Two Sixty isn’t stopping there with the modern touches though, as it bravely embraces a fancy iPad ordering system.
For technophobes, this may not sound ideal. But it’s an interesting shift of power as diners can now order what they want, when they want, without having to frantically catch the waiter’s eye.
Each table has a small iPad slotted to the side of it, where diners can browse the menu.
Our friendly water quickly explains the ordering system and leaves us to it.
Starters such as Bang Bang chicken, Thai beef salad and Mieng Gai range from a very reasonable £3.90 to £5.90.
Helpfully, each dish is illustrated with a mouth-watering picture so even the most inexperienced eaters of Asian fusion food will get a good idea of what will be coming their way.
The mains are separated into meat (with chicken, salmon and rib eye options) or vegetables.
Then diners choose their sauce (Thai Panaeng and Sichuan black beans to name a few), and their accompaniment (noodles, rice or cubed chips).
Mains vary from £8 to £11, with the pricier cuts of meat ranging up to £17.
I opt for the Chicken Tonkatsu with egg noodles at just under £10 and my dining partner goes for the Yorkshire Rump Steak with Singapore spiced soy sauce, at £13.50.
The iPads are linked up to the kitchen, and as we press ‘send’ we can hear the order being printed off.
To our surprise, all of the mains come served on a sizzling iron plate (heated to 260 degrees – hence the restaurant’s name), which comes on a big wooden board. Everything is raw, giving you the chance to cook it exactly how you like it. My chicken (which was deep fried and only needed reheating) was delicious and the sauce was the perfect accompaniment.
My partner’s beef was full of flavour and incredibly fresh, and both came with side salads. Throughout the meal we received faultless customer service – probably due to the fact the waiters’ time is now freed up thanks to the iPads.
With two soft drinks, the meal came to just under £28.
Teppan 260, which is run by the people behind The Orchid in Harrogate, is an exciting new idea that has been extremely well executed – from the iPad menus right through to the delicious food.
With the right mix of technology and tasty, fresh food, this new kid on the block is pushing Leeds’ dining scene into the 21st century.