posted on August 08, 2013 04:02
The Vibe: Benihana is a global sensation with more than 115 locations around the world. There are few places that offer such a wonderful mix of theater and food in a family friendly environment. Located at the Anantara Riverside Resort & Spa, Benihana has a look that is both modern and contemporary. They have a bright red and black color scheme; with tasteful cooper ventilation hoods and a subtle bamboo art theme used throughout. The restaurant boasts individual teppanyaki tables, a Kabuki sushi bar and private dining areas for groups. They are tailor made for families, business meetings, and groups of friends hanging out and sharing food.
What To Eat & Drink: The sake menu is impressive and features hot and cold versions, as well as sake cocktails. We recommend the Ozeki (Champion) Nama Chozo which is semi-sweet (fresh) sake that is very smooth with no stringent after taste. Start your meal with Thai Ceviche made with red snapper, yuzu, Hawaiian pink salt and Thai Sriracha Sauce. Technically its more sashimi than ceviche, but it is a lovely combination of cool and spicy tastes and textures. The signature Dragon Rolls made from crab, avocado, eel and tobiko (flying fish roe) are another nice dish as they are creamy and fresh. The main course is where entertainment meets food, as the talented chefs skillfully handle knives, food and condiments that they playfully tossed in the air. You can choose from a vast array of meat and seafood combinations and all entrees come with Hibachi vegetables, fried rice and tea. High quality imported meats are used, everything is well seasoned, and the salmon and shrimp are scrumptious. In addition to traditional Japanese items, you will also find non-traditional items such as foie gras on the menu. Don't forget to leave room for the Tempura Fried Ice Cream which is amazingly light and delicious. It can be complimented with dessert sake such as Nigori Umeshu (Plum Liqueur).
Insider Insight: Benihana is all about letting loose, having fun and appreciating the art of Japanese cuisine. They have a stunning sake menu and the service is always great. The showmanship of the chefs can be either entertaining or annoying depending on your mood but you can avoid it all together if you eat at the bar or sit at a regular table. Benihana is not the place to come for the most authentic Japanese food, at its heart it is fusion Japanese / American style and it is a bit on the salty side and almost all the sushi is covered in creamy sauces. Overall Benihana is a lot of fun, but be prepared to spend between 1500 to 2000 Baht person without sake for your dinner and less than 1000 Baht per person for lunch.