Made popular by Kunio-Ichinose-san, the concept of giving diner total control over his meal by serving the meal in its most natural raw state and allowing the diner to sizzle his meal the way he wants it took Japan by storm when it was first launched in 1994.
Pepper Lunch’s student sets always makes me sad that I’m not a student anymore. Salmon Pepper Rice is an all time favourite, but the Steak and Teriyaki Chicken Chops are great value too. It is not advertised on the menu, but they all come with a free bowl of rice.
When opting for their set meals, always go for their ice cream. Pepper Lunch serves up some delicious soft serve.
Apart from 18 Chefs, Pepper Lunch is one of the most affordable, and delicious, lunch options for students, which is what makes it so popular among the youth. While it may look like the serving of beef given is tiny, I find that the amount is just right for the amount of rice they give. I usually drizzle an ample amount of Honey Brown Sauce over my rice, to make it as flavourful as possible.
If my friends had relented, I would have had Pepper Lunch every day of my Woodlands Library studying life during A Levels. Like a Korean BBQ place, you will smell like barbecue for the rest of the day, but I assure you, it’s worth it.
I first tried Pepper lunch as a sad alternative in town - there had been no other food places nearby the vicinity of Shaw and my friend decided to just dine at the old Pepper Lunch Restaurant in the basement. The hot plates were served to us with cute little paper hats with warnings of the hot plate. I still remember picking them off and playing with them after. However, while I had low expectations from a hot plate fast food joint - or rather I had thought it resembled a fast food joint - I was pleasantly made to retract my judgement with the barbequed sweetness in my mouth. The beef on a hot plate was better than the right choice - it was going to be my choice from now on. The corn at the side was also sizzling and upon tasting, it was sweet and smoky - unique in its own way.
I've been eating at pepper lunch for a long time now, and I honestly love it, it tastes great and different from anything else. However, I think the portions are too big and I can't finish it. It's either that or perhaps I just get bored of eating it after a while. I've never successfully finished a plate so I wish they'd allow us to have smaller portions of rice because it's such a waste, and you can't even bring it home or it'd just taste awful.
The prices are very reasonable, $8 for a set meal with a side and drink, If say it's well worth it. Their miso soup is also the closest to authentic that I've tried in Singapore
Now me being a cheese fan, my friend suggested me to try the Curry Beef Pepper Rice. It was a bit spicy but nothing too brutal like the hot sauce in Nando's. The cheese wasn't so...tasty. It wasn't bad either but I suppose you can say that it is more of an attraction than a necessary ingredient.
Will definitely return to this place to try out other food
The portion is kinda small actually to compare to its price. The choice of food displayed on the menu aren't that much but initially, you'll find something in a way.
The only thing that I like about this restaurant is the DIY concept. Other than that, they're kind of a letdown. They're not heavenly and super delicious, but it's just enough to fill your empty stomach.
I’m always anxious with my meat and will make sure to put them on my rice to prevent them from over-cooking. With the rice however, I like to leave them on the pan without mixing it for a while as I like to have slightly burnt rice to give the whole meal a crunch. What I love about the place is their sauces as well and I always drown my rice in their sauce. What I wish they changed would be their portions. I always find myself taking my time to eat, as I have a fear of not being full should I finish the meal too quickly.
Anyway, my favourite order is the Curry Beef Pepper Rice. The cheese on top can't really be tasted but honestly, I don't really care. That's because I come here for the honey brown sauce and the garlic sauce. Sometimes I put too much of those till my rice becomes too salty. They have some soft serve ice cream as well but I wouldn't recommend getting the caramel one because it's too sweet.