Review: Japanese spot that is big on fun Reviews

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Talk about dinner and a show. Benihana is perfect whether you’re dining with a large group of friends, or your family. The talented chefs make sure you leave with your bellies full and a smile on your face.

While there’s a fairly solid sushi menu, the real reason people come to Benihana is for its teppanyaki dishes. The deal comes with a couple of sides including a soup, starter and salad and green tea, too. All you need to do is pick your preferred protein (from a list including some pretty good Japanese steaks) and then watch the cheerful crew engage you in their slapstick-style tricks as they cook the meat, prawns, rice and vegetables on the searing grill in front of you.

But don’t worry. It’s not all about the gimmicks here. The food is actually really good, too, and if the teppanyaki hasn’t filled you up completely, make sure you order the cheesecake gyoza for dessert and come and thank us later.

There are loads of places to eat in Beach Rotana, and we recommend them all, but for a real fun experience Benihana is the place. Probably more suited to bigger groups than couples, it’s the ideal place to head to celebrate a special occasion.

The bottom line

More fun dining than fine dining, but that’s okay with us.

Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9011
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Business lunch

User reviews:

Posted by: Paul on 13 Feb ' 11 at 12:22
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Another great night at Benihana’s. Love the teppanyaki, this is not just a meal but an experience where the chef ensures everyone leaves having had a great time.
We found the food, atmosphere, ambience and price all good. Can’t wait for our next night out here.

Posted by: Gala Marseiile on 21 Nov ' 10 at 16:14
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

terrible... no taste, no service, messy

Posted by: Naseem on 11 Mar ' 09 at 14:19
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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