For my birthday we decided to visit Benihana in Chelsea. My boyfriend had booked a menu for us on Bookatable, for a special deal, 6 courses for £29. We didn’t really know what the deal would actually offer us but we were really surprised by how good it was. Please note this deal only works weekdays, we had booked for a Saturday and we were told the deal was not on for this day, however they made an exception for us as we had managed to book it anyways. Which was lucky for us!
So we arrived earlier than expected and got ourselves a cocktail whilst waiting to be seated. We were seated quickly, and sat on a table with a big hot plate and chairs surrounding the table. You get 2 seats on the left of the plate, 6 or so in the middle and another two on the right side, so you are sitting with other customers around a hot plate.
This restaurant is all about performance, on the chef’s behalf. A chef will arrive to your table, introduce himself and begin to perform tricks with the spatula and then grill the food you order. The whole dining experience is a performance with fire and tricks, it is a fantastic night out.
In the special menu, you will begin by getting a ‘Japanese Onion soup’ a nice broth, nothing too special but still a nice start to your meal. They also bring out a salad, nice too especially with the ginger dipping sauce they give you. You then get a ‘Prawn appetiser’ which is basically the chef preparing prawns on the hot plate for you and tossing them into your plate. I don’t know what the chef did, but he took an average prawn from average to succulent.
You get the choice between Teriyaki steak, chicken, prawns. We tried all three, and they were amazing. So much flavour, the chef cooked them in lemon, butter and more. It was really amazing tasting food. They also stir fry onions, mushrooms and bean sprouts.
You also get the choice of egg-fried rice or steamed rice, he performs a trick with cracking an egg open and fries the rice for you right there. After all that food, they bring out a cute little ice cream dish. God forbid if it’s your birthday because all the servers come and sing a Japanese birthday song, a few people had this happen to them which was fun to see.
The food was delicious and the restaurant does really put on a show. You’re effectively paying for good food and a performance, which explains a slight expensive side. It’s a fantastic experience especially for families with children.
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