Benihana Restaurant Review, St Pauls London

A friend recently turned 30th and before heading out for her birthday drinks, I treated my other half to Benihana in St Paul’s based in the Grange Hotel. Benihana is a global teppanyaki chain, where food is combined with entertainment provided by the chef.

Benihana Chef in Action
Benihana Chef in Action

We checked in with the restaurant and were guided to our dinner table, which we shared with a further 4 diners. The table is surrounded by a hot plate where the chef is paced behind to cook your food.

Inside Benihana St Pauls
Inside Benihana St Pauls
Benihana Sizzling Plate
Benihana Sizzling Plate

Before looking through the main menu we ordered our drinks: a lychee cocktail and sake, both looked very appealing.  We then opted for the ‘Specialities Dinners’ which include Japanese onion soup, Benihana salad, prawn appetiser, hibachi vegetables, steamed rice and Japanese tea. There were 7 speciality meals to choose from I opted for the a ‘Benihana Delight’ (£36.00) which included juicy prawns and chicken and my other half decided on the ‘Seafood Palace’(£49.50) which included lobster, black cod, salmon and scallops.

Lychee Cocktail
Lychee Cocktail
Japanese Sake
Japanese Sake

Before the chef entertainment began we were given the Japanese onion soup followed by the salad:

Japanese Onion Soup
Japanese Onion Soup
Benihana Salad
Benihana Salad

The Hibachi vegetables were cooked first followed by the prawn appetiser then the rice:

Hibachi Vegetables and Prawns
Hibachi Vegetables and Prawns
Egg Cracking
Egg Cracking
Benihana Rice Cooking
Rice Cooking

After this the seafood is cooked, followed by the chicken and beef if ordered by the diners on the table.

Benihana Lobster
Lobster
Benihana Seafood
Benihana Seafood
Benihana Chicken & Beef
Chicken & Beef

The Benihana experience is pricey but good, our lively chef kept us entertained by dicing, slicing, creating big flames and antics like juggling, fast knife chopping and bad jokes.

Flames from hot plate
Flames from hot plate
Cooked Food Plate
Cooked Food Plate

The ingredients used were all top notch and fresh and seeing them being cooked in front of your eyes was a great fun. The food tasted really good too and we had no complaints, having two other diners on our table that we talked and engaged with, made the experience that much fun. I would recommend Benihana for group bookings.

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