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Celebrating 30 Years in London for Benihana

Benihana 30 Years

We invited guests to a celebratory dinner marking the 30th anniversary of Benihana UK on Tuesday 30th August from 6.30pm onwards hosted by Benihana CEO Keiko Ono Aoki at Benihana Chelsea.

While some London restaurants suffer from limited life spans, The Telegraph reported 1,200 restaurants went into administration in 2014, Benihana has stood the test of time since opening in Swiss Cottage in 1986. In the past 30 years the restaurant has firmly established their retro appeal with unchanged menus and flamboyant performances for diners in Piccadilly and Chelsea. Both locations frequently host royalty and celebrities; Princess Diana made regular visits for supper with the young princes to the Swiss Cottage restaurant and Michael Jackson and his entourage took over the entire King’s Road restaurant on a visit to the Capital. 

Promotions for Diners:
The public can celebrate this landmark at Benihana over the anniversary weekend with performances from the World Teppan Champions and for 30 days Rocky’s Choice Menu (named in honour of founder Rocky Aoki) will be available for £30 (full dates and details below).

The anniversary dinner will begin with drinks, an informal look at the history of Benihana and followed by dinner with a performance from the World Teppan Champions. There will also be interview time available with CEO Keiko Ono Aoki.

If you would like further information on Benihana’s anniversary
please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Public Performances from The World Teppan Champions:
Benihana Chelsea: Dinner service on 30th August
Benihana Piccadilly: Lunch & Dinner services on 28th August

Rocky’s Choice £30 Offer:
Available for 30 days from September 1st until 30th
Rocky’s Choice is taken from the “Speciality Dinners” section of the menu and includes: 
Benihana Onion Soup, Salad with Ginger Dressing, Hibachi Vegetables, Prawn Appetiser & Steamed Rice, Hibachi Steak and Hibachi Chicken.

About Benihana UK – My Kitchen Is Your Table:
Rocky “Hiroaki” Aoki opened the first Benihana restaurant in 1964 in New York City. He is the pioneer of “Teppan-yaki” dining being the first to commercialise the homestyle Japanese method of cooking on a hot plate. Each restaurant provides a private chef to every table who creates the meal in front of the diners on the 360 degrees grill. The meals are served in several courses and the guests select the main component of their meal accompanied by an appetiser, soup, salad and sides. The menu also offers a selection of sushi and sashimi.

Chelsea: 77 King’s Rd, London SW3 4NX
020 7376 7799
12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (10pm on Sundays)

Piccadilly: 37 Sackville St, London W1S 3EH
020 7494 2525
12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm (10pm on Sundays)


Benihana makes choosing between Lobster or Wagyu easy

Lobster & Wagyu

Lobster versus Wagyu is a hard decision to make however Benihana have launched a new lunch menu to prove that luxury can be affordable and such a decision should no longer be an issue.

For £17.90 diners can order the new Lobster Vs Wagyu lunch menu that includes lobster or Wagyu as well as accompanying miso soup, salad, seasonal starter (e.g. salmon ceviche), tempura, sushi and croquettes. This menu of outstanding value is available from noon until 3pm at Benihana Piccadilly and Benihana Chelsea (further details below).

Is this the best value lunch in London? We encouraged our guests to come and find out.

If you would like further information on the Benihana offer
please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Benihana Brings You Affordable Wagyu Menu

Wagyu Menu

Benihana have launched a Wagyu Festival Menu as an affordable way to eat what is considered to be an exclusive and expensive luxury.

Known for its quality Wagyu is often presumed to command a very high price however this is now not the case as Benihana present the Wagyu Festival Menu so everyone can celebrate the taste of this fabulous tasting beef. The Benihana teppan style of cooking suits Wagyu perfectly as the marbling benefits from swift cooking at a high heat and the sweet fragrance given off when cooking (due to increased amino acids) can be appreciated by the diners seated around the teppan.

Example dishes:
Seven Course Wagyu Lunch Menu: £17.30
Seven course Wagyu Steak Set Menu: £67.00
Wagyu Heaven (Wagyu, Foie Gras and Truffle Oil): £4.80

The marbling:
Wagyu Beef has an unusually large amount of marbling that leads to its superior taste and tenderness. The beef is also naturally healthier as research shows that the beef from Wagyu cattle contain more Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as more monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fat) than other beef. The percentage of fatty acids affect the texture of food particularly in meats and it is for this reason that Wagyu beef is regarded as the finest, most exclusive beef produced in the world.

A tasting dinner at the Chelsea branch will be hosted on February 9th.

If you would like further information on the tasting at Benihana please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Introducing Regional Food from Japan’s Oita Prefecture

Oita Prefecture

Japan’s Oita Prefecture are coming to London this month bringing Bungo, Donko and Kabosu-buri from Oita to the Capital for the first time.

The incredibly lush Oita region is found on Kyushu Island in South Japan. 70% of Oita is covered by forests and rivers encircled by 759 kilometers of coastline that has shoals in the north and a jagged coastline in the south. The coastal waters contribute to a prosperous fishing industry and the streams that flow from the mountain ranges give rich water sources to arable farm land.

Bungo beef comes from cattle raised in Oita’s beautiful region of rolling mountains. It is regarded as some of the very best beef in Japan and has a rich yet mild melt in the mouth flavour. Donko is the highest grade shiitake found growing from forest oak logs. These mushrooms are hand-harvested and sun-dried at their peak to capture the best flavour and most nutrients. Kabosu-buri is Japanese yellowtail that have been fed on a famous delicacy of Oita Prefecture, the kabosu lime, a citrus fruit that imparts a delicate note to the fish.

Dishes Available
Oita Sushi Rolls – Kabuso-buri, Donko Shiitake Mushrooms and Bungo Beef (£9.50)
Donko Steak – Donko Shiitake prepared on the Tepan (£6.80)
Bungo Beef Tataki – Roasted Bungo dressed with Sweet Soy and Wasabi Mayonnaise (£15)
Bungo Beef in Gunkan and Nigiri Style (£9.50)
Oita Set-Meals are available for lunch (£18.90 and dinner (£49.80/£59)

Available until October 15th-25th
Hosted by:
Benihana Chelsea, 77 Kings Road, SW3 4N. Tel: 020 7376 7799
Benihana Piccadilly, 37 Sackville Street, W1S 3EH. Tel: 020 7494 2525

If you would like further information on Bungo, Donko or Kabuso
please do not hesitate to contact Krista Booker

Benihana 50th Anniversary Wagyu Beef Menu

Wagyu Beef

Benihana opened their first restaurant 50 years ago and to commemorate the occasion by offering a promotional menu that celebrates both the lifting of the import ban on Japanese Wagyu and Benihana’s unique heritage.

The 50th Anniversary Wagyu menu begins with the traditional starters of Onion Soup and Salad followed by Sushi, Tempura and the classic Prawn Appetiser, Courgettes, Onion Volcano and Hibachi Rice.

Diners are then served Wagyu known around the word for its sweet aroma and rich flavour. The Benihana style of cooking suits Wagyu beef very well as the marbling benefits from swift cooking at a high heat and the sweet fragrance given off when cooking (due to increased amino acids) can be appreciated by the diners seated around a Teppan.

The Wagyu can be compared with a dish of the Scottish Fillet or, at the diners preference, the Black Cod with Miso.

This ten-course meal is finished with an ice-cream dessert.

The price of the Benihana 50th Anniversary Wagyu menu is only £50 per person for a limited time to allow diners to experience Wagyu at an affordable price – before returning to the rrp of around £100 for the Wagyu alone.

For press enquiries please contact us

Wagyu Beef Menu

The Keiko Menu

Keiko Menu Header

Benihana are delighted to announce the launch of The Keiko Menu, designed in honour of the CEO Keiko Ono Aoki who has taken over the Benihana empire since founder Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki sadly passed away in 2008.

Keiko is a constant support for the global chain of restaurants and this is celebrated in her 9 course menu detailed below.

This menu is for ladies only and costs £30 per person for 9-courses, a plum-wine cocktail, a glass of wine and 25% off Champagne and sparkling wine.

Benihana offers group seating around the Teppan, central locations in Piccadilly and King’s Road and a menu designed and presented with ladies in mind priced at exceptional value. This promotion is ideal for ladies-only gatherings especially as an antidote to the forthcoming World Cup.

This offer is available at both lunch and dinner times and launches today until the end of August.

The Keiko Menu – 9-courses for £30 per person
1. Onion Soup
2. Benihana salad with homemade ginger dressing
3. Starter plate (rock n roll sushi, tofu with ikura, edamame & avocado) (pictured)
4. Vegetable Tempura
5. Prawn & vegetable appetisers
6. Hibachi Salmon
7. Chicken crêpe with hoi sin sauce
8. Hibachi Steak with mushroom – served with Hibachi Rice
9. Cheesecake dumpling
Plus: Plum wine cocktail and a glass of House wine (choice of red / white / rosé)

Mon-Fri / 12-3pm & 5.30-10.30pm / Ladies only

About Benihana:
My Kitchen Is Your Table:
Benihana provides a private chef to every table who creates the meal in front of the diners on the 360 degrees Teppan grill. The meals are served in several courses

Benihana Chelsea, 77 King’s Road, SW3 4NX
Telephone: 020 7376 7799
Covers: 140

Benihana Piccadilly, 37 Sackville Street, W1S 3EH
Telephone: 020 7494 2525
Covers: 160

Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday for lunch service (12-3pm) and dinner service (5.30-10.30pm)
Sundays and Bank Holidays (12-3pm & 5pm – 10pm)