Continuing my birthday celebration, Josh and I had dinner at Benihana Japanese Steakhouse Tuesday. If you’re not familiar, Benihana is a hibachi restaurant where guests are seated at a table with a screaming hot grill in the middle. You’ll watch the chef cook your meal while telling jokes and doing tricks.
Special Roll: Crab, jalapeno, cilantro, and cream cheese topped with tempura shrimp dipped in a spicy chili sauce. Our server talked us into this roll and even though I’m not a fan of cream cheese and seafood, it was pretty tasty. Sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time, pulling my taste buds into different directions. A+ for presentation as well.
Spicy Chicken: Chicken breast grilled to perfection topped with a spicy chili teriyaki sauce. The sauce reminds me of a mix of sriracha and teriyaki: sweet, but you feel the heat from the chili paste. The chicken fried rice is so moist and delicious. It’s probably due to the 1/2 cup of garlic butter the chef throws on the grill, but it’s worth it. I love it so much that I actually stole the recipe and have made homemade fried rice many times.
Benihana Steakhouse is a good way to play with your food, without getting your hands all sticky and risking grill burns. It’s fun, delectable, and entertaining. Although I do like to have a nice quiet dinner with the one I love, it’s interesting to be seated with complete strangers who share your love of hibachi grilled food. If you would prefer a more intimate setting, they do have a dining room and a sushi bar.