On the Kings Road in Chelsea is Benihana. A few blocks from Sloane Square tube station, Benihana is just steps away from the Marks & Spencer. Step through the glass door and down the stairs into the bar and you’re in for a whole new adventure of food and fun!
If you haven’t been to Benihana before it’s a Teppanyaki style Japanese hibachi steak house. What is Teppanyaki you ask? Think of grilling whilst juggling and you’re getting close to the picture. You dine around a flat hibachi grill table and a chef prepares a meal for the table using all kinds of fabulous stage enhancements using fire, steam, chopping shrimp tails in the air and catching them. Its’ good fun and delicious food.
The menu allows you to choose your protein and offers set multi-course meals. So for example, if you’re in the mood for a little surf & turf you can order the “Hibachi Steak & Lobster Tail.”
In addition to your protein of choice(like steak and lobster), their traditional hibachi dinner includes:
- Japanese onion soup
- Benihana Salad
- Hibachi Vegetables
- Hibachi Prawn Appetizer
- Japanese tea (upon request)
Traditional hibachi lunches offer the same set course selection minus the soup. There seems to be a few less combo-options for the hibachi at lunch but more bento box meals on offer. Lunch meals are also a bit cheaper than their dinner prices. At both meals their is also sushi and other appetizers available. Here is the full Benihana Chelsea menu for your review.
When visiting our group was mainly composed of Mums, but it seems like the ideal place to bring kids for a celebration dinner. Indeed they make a huge deal out of birthdays, so be prepared to be the center of attention if it’s yours. This includes balloons, singing in Japanese from the whole staff and birthday cake!
Whether you’re coming for a birthday, a celebration, lunch or dinner – there is so much going on the kids will love it. In particular I know my boys will find it fun to sit at a “hot” table. Be entertained by the jokes, flames, and flying food/knives of our chef. Most importantly I think they’ll really enjoy the food - it’s simple yet delicious flavours will appeal to them and having 2 types of sauce to dip things in is always a plus.
Even though they have a kids menu(which doubles as a hat!), as far as kids menu prices go, at £12-£18 it’s on the medium to high range. But in this case I think it’s worth it because I know my kids will eat it. The food is excellent and being a part of the creation process always seems to help with their appetite.
The trick will be trying to convince them not to play with their food when we return home. :0)
- They have highchairs
- Lots of stairs so leave the pram at home if you can
- Remind the kids to keep their fingers back from the hot table – before/during your visit
- Come hungry
- They have a private room for parties/events/VIP’s (and a sneaky VIP exit!)
- Ask for the Japanese tea – it’s included in the traditional lunch/dinner but you have to ask
- Let them know if you’re celebrating a birthday
If you’re unfamiliar with Benihana Chelsea please click on their landing page and see a short clip of what Benihana is about.
Don’t just take my word on it – here are some reviews of Benihana Chelsea from other Mums & Bloggers:
Disclosure – I was treated to dinner by Benihana but the views on the food and experience and recommendation are my own.