Flying food, sake bombs a hit at new teppanyaki restaurant
IT'S the Japanese culinary sensation, made famous by Americans that's been introduced to Noosa by a Dutchman.
Yen Teppanyaki opened in Noosa Heads last month, bringing its unique and "interactive" experience to the region.
Started by Paul Hijmans, who hails from Amsterdam, Yen Teppanyaki has thrived in its first four weeks.
With sizzling fresh produce, food flying and sake bombs readily available to be slammed, it's not hard to see why.
Despite 35 years in the hospitality game, including managing nightclubs, bars, cruise liners and restaurants, Mr Hijmans didn't expect the venture to take off so well.
"We have been almost fully booked out every night," Mr Hijmans said.
"We have been so flat out from the moment we opened.
"The community have really embraced us.
"They enjoy the fun and laughter and the entertainment factor.
"Everything we use is fresh and locally supplied and delivered each day. I believe in high-quality food at affordable prices."
Having lived in Australia for eight years, Mr Hymans holidayed in Noosa and fell in love with the place.
"Noosa just stayed in my mind and I thought 'why not?'," the Noosa Coast Guard volunteer said.
"I love the lifestyle, which is so different to Holland.
"It has really allowed me to sink my teeth into the community."
Mr Hijmans said he planned to introduce an a la carte dining section outside in the arcade soon.
It will go hand-in-hand with the teppanyaki and licensed bar.
"We have 10 different kinds of Japanese beer, whiskey and sake," he said.
"Come Friday nights and weekends, the sake bombs are very popular.
"We put them on the end of chop sticks and they drop into the beer."