Last Saturday marked the first anniversary of the day the boy knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
It was also a reminder that we only have exactly two months to the BIG DAY!
What better way to celebrate than a dinner date at the ever-so-entertaining Japanese steakhouse and sushi joint, Benihana.
It was obligatory for me to start the evening with a house cocktail.
LYCHEE COLADA – Smirnoff Red Vodka, strawberry, lychee juice, pineapple juice, coconut cream and lime juice
At Benihana, you have two dinner options to choose from. One is called BENIHANA TRADITIONAL DINNERS and the other one, SPECIALTIES DINNERS.
Both dinner options include:
Japanese Onion Soup, Hibachi Vegetables, Benihana Salad, Steamed Rice and Prawn Appetiser
Once we are through with the first two dishes, our private Chef for the evening comes to the table complete with his trolley of goodies and gets on with the showHe laid out slices of onion, courgette and rows of prawns on the hot teppanyaki grillHe showed us his impressive knife skills as he whizzed-sliced the head and tail of each prawnHe then cleverly and very carefully separated each onion ring and stacked them on top of each other to create the one and only… FLAMING ONION VOLCANO After that awesome firey spectacle, it was time to get down to business and grill the hell out of our AppetisersThe Chef asked if anyone from the table wanted to attempt the ‘Catch the Prawn With Your Mouth’ challenge.
The Chef gathered the HIBACHI RICE (fried rice) into a heart shape and wrote the letters ‘I’ and ‘U’ with sesame seeds Now, on with the MainOn the teppan table you can see a mountain of mushroom bits, fillets of HIBACHI CHICKEN, slices of HIBACHI BEEF STEAK and a beautiful piece of LOBSTER TAIL that the Chef is seen here cutting Here goes my beautiful pieces of HIBACHI SALMON with extra Terayaki sauce
Once the Main was served and everyone at the table is busy munching, the Chef quietly packs his things away and clears the cooking table.
With a polite bow finished off with the iconic Benihana pose, he walks off and leaves us to savour our meals in peace.For pudds, the boy went for a more traditional choice of BANANA TEMPURA (aka banana fritters) WITH VANILLA ICE CREAMPour moi, I chose a gorgeous scoop of GREEN TEA ICE CREAM and the best tasting ice cream I’ve ever had, BLACK SESAME ICE CREAM
The boy and I shared a pot of Japanese tea to accompany our DessertsI seriously enjoyed every bit of my pudd!In aid of walking the dinner off, we decided to skip the idea of grabbing a taxi home and walked to the nearest DLR station instead.
I mean, look at it! Doesn’t St. Paul’s Cathedral just look extremely magnificent?!
What a lovely way to end a superbly lovely meal!
All my ♥,