Taste test: Pepper Lunch's first Canadian location

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Pepper Steak at Pepper Lunch (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

The first Canadian location of Japan’s popular Pepper Lunch is opening in Richmond, and they are getting ready to dazzle with their sizzling steaks and more.

The concept is called “fast steak,” which brings together a casual family environment and the fun of cooking your own meat or seafood on a patented hot plate right at the table. The plate then keeps the food hot while you enjoy your meal.

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In Canada, Pepper Lunch will use only Canadian Certified Angus Beef and local, seasonal, ingredients whenever possible, like Steelhead salmon in British Columbia. The quality is evident in the taste, which truly shines thanks to not only their signature steak butter and other seasonings, but also the unadorned simplicity of the side veggies (corn and green beans) and rice.

After ordering at the front, guests are seated and the sizzling plates are delivered to the table. A paper “fence” surrounds the plate for safety’s sake, and it comes with instructions, for those who need a little help, but the staff will lend a hand as needed, too.

Salmon Pepper Rice at Pepper Lunch (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Salmon Pepper Rice at Pepper Lunch (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Within minutes the food is cooked and ready to enjoy, though it is piping hot.

Dishes like the Salmon Pepper Rice take some quick mixing to get all the pieces together for the right flavour combo. Their Beef Pepper Rice, as well as the Pepper Steak, are the most popular dishes on the menu.

With over 350 worldwide locations, the Richmond Pepper Lunch is the chain’s first foray into the Canadian market, and they already are planning to expand into Vancouver. The Richmond location will have its grand opening on Saturday March 14, 2015.

Pepper Lunch

Address: 150-­5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Phone: 604-285-5933
Website: www.pepperlunchcanada.com

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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