Looking for a show and dinner at the same time? Look no further than Benihana, a teppanyaki-hibachi restaurant. Opened back in 1964 this style of Japanese cooking with flair came to the United States on West 56th Street in New York City. Now in 2013 there are over 70 restaurants in the world including Latin America and the Caribbean. I had the pleasure of dining at one in Miami, Florida and honestly hope the next location I visit is just as memorable.
The menu can be tricky since there’s a plethora of options, BUT I was able to focus on what was important: sushi and an entrée! Even though it was lunchtime I was ready for a big meal. I started off with two sushi’s. First was the Las Vegas Roll made of salmon, avocado, cream cheese, jalapeño, and spicy sauce on top served DEEP FRIED. My second roll was the Crunchy Roll containing shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, crab, and tempura crumbs. The rolls are served in half or full sizes with prices ranging from $2.90 to $12.75. That was just the beginning.
For my entrée I chose the fillet mignon cooked medium but close to well. You can get a filet mignon USDA Choice, cut on the premises for ONLY $14.95 during lunch. If that’s not amazing I don’t know what is! Accompanied with mushrooms and lightly seasoned I find this hard to beat. Also included in my lunch entrée was fried rice, Benihana Onion Soup, and a salad.
Everyone should experience a show like this one. Our chef, Eddie, was very entertaining. He even turned our table’s rice into a tea pot on the stove with a handle. Then he topped that with creating an onion volcano.
Both sushi’s came out at once. I was impressed with the taste of the Las Vegas Roll since I thought it would be like a Philadelphia Roll, which I’m not a fan of. I think the spiciness really compliments the cream cheese. The Crunchy Roll was lovely. Before I could finish those my Benihana soup was out, which cooked for 6 hours before being served. I wish I could take that recipe home with me. I love soup.
And now, cooked before my eyes, we have the filet mignon. Absolutely AMAZING! So tender and full of flavor. Benihana knows not only has amazing food but their sauces addicting. Their garlic butter is out of this world. I was spreading it all over my steak. The eel sauce is also a winner. They atop it on the Crunchy Roll and have it to use during your meal.
This was an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget. Now to go on the Benihana food tour and conquer each location one by one. Not sure if my invisible potbelly would stay invisible for much longer for that journey.
3261 SW 160 Ave
Miramar, FL 33027