A Dining Experience Like No Other at Benihana London

January 5, 2022
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Flamboyant and unique, Benihana on the King’s Road in Chelsea, London, offers a dining experience like no other. With a range of Japanese dishes, created right in front of you on a teppanyaki hot plate by entertaining chefs who throw and twirl their knives around and perform fun little tricks while cooking, it’s definitely an evening to remember. 

We’ve been to Benihana, Chelsea a couple of times now, and each time we always leave just as amazed. 

Benihana, Chelsea Review

Shortly after arriving, we were shown to our table. As there were 7 of us, we had a table to ourselves, whereas before when there were just 2 of us, we were sat at a table with other couples. 

Benihana, Chelsea

Benihana, Chelsea

I ordered a Pineapple Daiquiri to begin with, which was super delicious and ultra-refreshing. It went down very well, and I could’ve easily had 10 more.

After looking through the menu, I decided to have the Chicken Gyozas to start with, and then the Chicken Hibachi for mains. We also added egg fried rice too. The waiter took our orders, and then the chef came to our table with a trolley full of ingredients and started to set up as we were eating our starters.

Benihana, Chelsea

Benihana, Chelsea

Dinner and a Show

Our chef was a lot of fun, constantly telling jokes and interacting with us. He even got my brother in law to catch some food in his mouth, which was very entertaining. Watching him cook the food right in front of us was fascinating. You literally couldn’t take your eyes off him. The skills that these chefs have with knives are incredible! Plus, they also throw food such as eggs and dishes of butter up into their hats. It’s definitely a very theatrical experience. 

Benihana, Chelsea Review

Benihana, Chelsea Review

As you’re sitting close to the cooking area too, you can also really feel the heat. And when the chef lights the food on fire, I was genuinely worried my eyelashes would burn off too haha.

Benihana, Chelsea Review

Of course, the food was cooked to perfection and was full of flavour. The portion sizes didn’t look like a lot, but it was surprisingly very filling, and we were all satisfied afterwards.

Benihana, Chelsea Review

That didn’t stop us from getting a dessert though. I ordered the Gluten-Free Almond Chocolate Cake, which was incredibly rich and delicious. I actually couldn’t finish the whole thing. But, it’s definitely something I would get again.

Benihana, Chelsea

Is Benihana Expensive?

The short answer? Yes, Benihana is expensive. If you’re planning on going, you can expect to spend around £80 per person. But, with the amount you get, the quality of the food and drinks and the entertainment, I personally feel it’s worth the price. It’s not a place that we would visit regularly, but every now and then as a special treat.

Looking for another unique dining experience in London? Check out my review of a chocolate and cocktail making masterclass at MyChocolate.

For something a little fancier? Read my review of The Ivy City Garden restaurant in London.

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