Sunday, 3 July 2011

Benihana, not just a skateboarding move any more

Benihanas, a teppenyaki restaurant which I'm surprised in my years of dining out I've never experienced.

For those who don't know what teppenyaki is, this is Japanese style food where they have a chef performing while cooking. This show happens in front of you as you eat and chat with the chef of dubious Asian heritage.

During the show you get various spectacles such as rice ball catching, quick cutting and grilling and my favourite, fire
You can see the deft handiwork of the chef preparing the prawns on the grill and flicking the tails at members of the table
But in the end, as you'd expect from a venue where the dishes are named such things as the 'Samurai Special', the food underwhelms. All of it ends up pretty much plain grilled, with a little bit of rice and no other side dishes to increase the excitement

However, this isn't to say that a good night can't be held here, but it should definitely be viewed more as a show than anything else.

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