Monday, July 4, 2011

The Benihana Experience

Benihana is a Japanese Steakhouse. If you have never been there it is a great first time experience. It's also a lot of fun to go with someone who has never been, especially a child. Michelle took me and Robby (with Cecily and Dahlia) there for Father's Day. I've been several times and have always had a good time.

Michelle made reservations at the Commercial Blvd and Intercoastal location. We arrived on time and had to wait about fifteen minutes before we were seated. They seat you in sets of eight, surrounding a very large grill called a teppanyaki table. We were five and we joined a lovely couple and had an empty seat which made it extremely comfortable.

We ordered drinks and I tried the plum wine which was simply delicious: sweet and smooth. We each got a shrimp appetizer with dipping sauce followed by Japanese onion soup. It was very bland tasting and I really didn't care for it. Next they brought the salads which had a little more flavor because of the ginger salad dressing.

Big Heart Shaped Pile of Rice
While we were being served the soup and salad the chef was preparing our meal starting with the rice. He made a giant heart shaped pile of rice and slid the spatula under the center of the heart and moved it up and down simulating the heart beating.

He next started making the entrees and vegetables. Everyone had either shrimp, chicken, steak or a combination. We were treated to an Onion Volcano, too!

We had a great Father's Day at Benihana and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an unique eating experience. But, before you go, get to their website and register because they will send you a $30.00 gift certificate to use during the month of your birthday and be sure to tell your friends that you saw it here at


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