Isn’t it funny how some memories stand out more than others? Although I had many special moments with my family throughout my childhood, I have always remembered a visit to Benihana restaurant when I was eight years old as a magical occasion. It was ‘dinner and a show’ in one, although I wouldn’t have realised that at the time.
So I was excited to be included in an evening sponsored by Benihana Chelsea for mummy bloggers and entrepreneurs last night – both to meet the amazing women and also to relive my special moment. Oh yes, and the food.
I wasn’t disappointed. If you haven’t been to a Benihana Restaurant, they invented the ‘teppanyaki’ style of dining, where you are seated around the chef and hot grill at a large circular table. And not just any chef. He sings, he juggles knives, he transforms flaming onions into a ‘choo-choo train’ for the children, all the while slipping vegetables, stir-fried rice and morsels of perfectly cooked fish, steak and chicken onto your plate.
In London it can be challenging to find a place accommodating a large group, let alone one allowing everyone to socialise amidst flaming entertainment. I’ve now added Benihana to my list for upcoming birthdays and holiday season get-togethers. For families with young children, they are open for weekend lunches and have children’s menus as well as highchairs. Parents be warned to be mindful of your children while the chef puts on his show, but they will most likely be mesmerised by all of the action. And of course, there are clean and accessible baby changing facilities for the littles. Here’s to creating new childhood memories.
Written by Jen Corlew