Benihana Chelsea

Restaurants, Japanese Chelsea
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Benihana Chelsea

The popularity of this chain - there are two branches in London but more than a hundred around the world - lay in its 'food as theatre' concept. It's teppanyaki dining, which means diners sit around a hot plate (a teppan) where a chef - all flips and tricks with some very sharp knives - creates Japanese stir-fries and staples. Sushi, understandably, comes separately.

Dishes range from edamame, prawn tempura and chicken yakitori appetisers to hibachi teriyaki sirloin steak, miso black cod and the signature 'seafood palace' - lobster, scallops, black cod and salmon. Each of the teppanyaki dishes comes with salad, hibachi vegetables, Japanese onion soup, a prawn appetiser and steamed rice. 

Set lunches, sushi combos and bento boxes prove popular, too.

 

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Venue name: Benihana Chelsea
Address: 77 King's Road
London
SW3 4NX
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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tastemaker

My friends, their children aged 6 and I came here for a Sunday lunch. The Teppanyaki chef was entertaining and the meat and veggies were great. The children really enjoyed themselves watching the chef cooking. However it's a shame the same could not be said for their service. 


As a couple of us arrived first on time, we were told that we could not be seated at the table until the whole party arrived. We were asked to sit at the bar area but no one was there serving any drinks. We had to catch passing waitresses to order our drinks. Eventually when the whole party arrived (6 of us), we were eager to sit at our table but there was a lot of confusion. A lady who I believed was the main host was a little rude; initially attempting to show us to the table and then stopped and asked us to wait, and eventually showed us to a table after the 2 children were getting restless. This was despite the emptiness of the place, there were only 2 tables with people. 


When the bill came at the end of our lunch, it was a bit on the high side. We did not think it was value for money. Clearly the focus of the restaurant is the entertaining chef and nothing else.

tastemaker

Benihana in Chelsea offers a real treat for a celebration, as it is a bit pricey. It offers a really cool selection of sakes - hot and cold. We always start with some sushi which is quite nice but not that unusual being tuna, salmon, sea bass and prawn. No doubt Benihana shines with whatever is cooked in front of you. Hibachi prawn and steak is really quite tasty be it not very adventurous. The cooks are also very entertaining to watch. You are treated to the usual prawn tail flicking/catching and the onion train. I totally love this place and recommend it if you want a night out with a tasty meal. It's perfect for those that aren't really looking for the unusual side of Japanese cuisine. 

tastemaker

Hat’s off to Kings Road Benihana. For me they really pulled out the stops on Friday night. We were due to try the Wagyu beef tasting menu at the Piccadilly Branch on the Friday night but due to the Oxford Circus tube incident we decided to avoid the area. Gutted we tried to rebook for the next day but they didnt have a slot. We called Kings Road and they mentioned they had a table for 20:30 on the original night. Perfect! We slowly walked there from Sloane Square but were still 30 minutes early. Much to my delight (it was cold!!) they had a spare table despite us being early! Our chef was very friendly and jovial. The show itself was good fun but really the star of the show was the wagyu beef steak.


For £69 we had a mushroom soup, salad, followed by prawns and courgettes (with 2 delicious dipping sauces) and then the wagyu beef which we got to see. Looked great with all the marbling through it. It sizzled for a second on each side and then served up with steaming rice with bean sprouts. It was truly melt in the mouth divinity. No steak will ever be the same. We watched and mocked as both men in our party closed their eyes whilst they were on a different planet enjoying the taste explosion in their mouth.


My only comment was it was odd to have the main course of wagyu steak and then they bring out a tiny starter of salmon and wagyu beef sushi! I would have rearranged the order so this came before the prawns and courgette but its a small matter when everything else was so exquisitely good.


£69 was very reasonable for a tasting menu and I would definitely try another tasting menu based on this one. The venue too is spacious.


Top marks.

tastemaker

Benihana is slightly overrated in my opinion.. The theatrics of having someone slice dice food in front of you on a grill adds to the experience but the food itself didnt blow us away.

I think its a little overpriced for the taste if you're ordering a la carte but they do have a few set menus which won't set you back too far.

Overall I think there are tastier spots out there so I wouldn't rush back here. Its a nice show but thats it in my opinion ..

Tastemaker

Benihana is one of those strange places (for me at least) that I always saw on movies/TV but didn't realise were actually around, and popular. So my first visit here was a bit of a whirlwind tour of what it offers, but overall we left feeling like we'd had a good time and fun night, but if we'd been paying (we weren't on this occasion), whether it was actually worth the amount they charge.


In essence, Benihana offers similar dishes across all of its restaurants and has a very particular retro style that is equally fun, cheesy and old fashioned. An interesting salad of pretty much just lettuce with a tomato was slathered in old school style ginger dressing, and an onion soup packed with flavour and lots of dried onions. 


After starters, then your personal chef for the table joins you, puts on a big show and starts cooking your food. 


So the show itself is great fun! Our chef was friendly, chatty and made some great jokes. The food included vegetables, various meats and fried rice, courses interspersed with our chef juggling, spinning and doing other crazy tricks with his knives etc! 


The food itself is average at best, with better Japanese food available from standard Japanese chains like Wagamamma or Wasabi etc. But you're here for the show at Benihana, and it's a pretty damn impressive one!


For a different night out with food, I'd defo consider Benihana, especially as they often have offers/set menus which considering the show you get, is pretty good value!


After a good review from my friend I decided to visit this Teppanyaki place on Kings road.

Downstairs took us to a whole different world !! Beautiful and spacious restaurant I couldn't imagine from outside and nice cocktails (Lychee Mojito was goood). Personal chef comes to cook right in front of us, talking, making flame onion (I could feel the heat!) Their Wagyu beef was on promotion and affordable price £59 with soup, salad, sushi, fried rice, prawn, and great steak. my cloth smell of food a bit but it's ok.

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