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Benihana Japanese Steakhouse Restaurant Review
A diner's opinion of the Benihana Japanese Steakhouse hibachi style restaurant located in the city of Miramar, Florida.

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Benihana Front Entrance
Mango Mojito
This was my first visit to a Japanese Steakhouse restaurant but I had some idea of what the hibachi or teppanyaki style exhibition cooking show would be like from seeing it performed in television shows and also in movies.

The location we visited was situated at 3261 SW 160th Avenue, Miramar, FL 33027 in the United States of America.

There are about 80 other Benihana locations across the world. Some of the countries where they can found include the USA, Australia, Canada, Thailand, Korea, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Aruba, Panama, El Salvador, England, Turkey, Romania, and Russia.

The Miami based company, Benihana Inc., also owns the Haru restaurants in New York City, the RA Sushi restaurants and Doraku restaurant in South Florida.

Beating Rice Heart
Theatrical Dinner Show
We started off our evening at the fully stocked Benihana bar by ordering their featured specialty drink, which was a very refreshing Mango Mojito. Within a few short minutes, the hostess signaled us to follow her to the communal teppanyaki table where we joined another party. I'm not normally in favor of dining with strangers but the chef's performance kept us all engaged and entertained throughout the entire meal.
Chicken, Beef, Vegetables
Scallops, Lobster Tail

The menu included a nice selection of seafood, beef, sushi, and chicken dishes in a variety of combinations. I chose a "surf & turf" option with both teriyaki steak and hibachi grilled shrimp. The dinner entree prices ranged from about $18 to $40. The most expensive options included delicacies like filet mignon steak and lobster tail. We also ordered the fried garlic butter rice, grilled vegetables and the Benihana soup. I really enjoyed watching the chef quickly slice, chop, toss, flip and spin his cooking utensils and the food during the meal. My palette is farily easy to please so I thought all of the food tasted excellent but the rest of the table seemed to also agree.

The highlights of the chef's food tricks show included the beating fried rice heart in the "I love you" message, the onion ring smoking volcano, and the shrimp tail tossing into his hat and shirt pocket.

Teppanyaki Grilled Shrimp
Fried Banana Dessert
To finish off the meal, we ordered a fried banana dessert which takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It was decadently delicious and worth the wait, but if you're in a rush, I suggest you order it from the waiter or waitress ahead of time.

Overall, I give the experience a solid 9 points out of a possible 10. The only deduction was for the communal eating arrangement which isn't my preferred dining atmosphere. I'd like to visit another Benihana in the future, but preferably with a large enough group so that we don't have to share a table.

My mouth is watering thinking about all the other Benihana menu items that I'm looking forward to trying in the future. A few that stuck in my mind are the beef sashimi, the calamari tempura, scallops, the Yakisoba, the beef julienne, the salmon, the hibachi tuna steak, and the Chateaubriand (garlic butter tenderloin steak).

If you also live in Florida, there are 8 Benihana locations across the state in the cities of Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Miami Beach, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines and Stuart.

For more culinary delights, check out some of my other updates such as the Delray Beach Garlic Festival, the Fairchild Mango Festival, the Pressure Cooker Faux BBQ Ribs Recipe, the Deep Fried Turkey Recipe, the Hickory Smoked BBQ Ribs Recipe, the Creamy Three Cheese Risotto Recipe, the 3 Cheese Chicken Marsala Recipe, the Alton Brown Steamed & Baked Chicken Wings Recipe, and the Fairchild Chocolate Festival.

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