It Takes Two (reasons) to Dine-o

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in FOOD | No Comments

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.IMG_4014-0.JPG

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

You then choose your preferred meat (they also have a veggie option) as your Main dish.IMG_4015-0.JPG

JAPANESE ONION SOUPIMG_4016-0.JPGBENIHANA SALAD

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 showIMG_4017-0.JPGHe laid out slices of onion, courgette and rows of prawns on the hot teppanyaki grillIMG_4018.JPGIMG_4019.JPGHe showed us his impressive knife skills as he whizzed-sliced the head and tail of each prawnIMG_4020.JPGHe then cleverly and very carefully separated each onion ring and stacked them on top of each other to create the one and only…IMG_4023.JPG FLAMING ONION VOLCANOIMG_4026.JPGIMG_4025.JPGIMG_4027.JPGIMG_4028.JPG After that awesome firey spectacle, it was time to get down to business and grill the hell out of our AppetisersIMG_4029.JPGThe Chef asked if anyone from the table wanted to attempt the ‘Catch the Prawn With Your Mouth’ challenge.

This young chap on our table hesitated at first but then gave in to temptation pretty soon after that…IMG_4030.JPGLook at the total concentration and focus he’s putting into this!IMG_4031.JPG….aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand he missed!

The hot piece of grilled prawn bounced away happily…IMG_4032.JPG Leaving the poor chap with a hot cheek instead!IMG_4034.JPGAnywayyyyy, on with the next trick.

What’s he up to now?IMG_4035.JPGIMG_4036.JPG Awwwwwwww,  what a romantic!

The Chef gathered the HIBACHI RICE (fried rice) into a heart shape and wrote the letters ‘I’ and ‘U’ with sesame seeds IMG_4039.JPGNow, on with the MainIMG_4040.JPGOn 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 cuttingIMG_4038.JPG 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.IMG_4041.JPGFor pudds, the boy went for a more traditional choice of BANANA TEMPURA (aka banana fritters) WITH VANILLA ICE CREAMIMG_4042.JPGIMG_4044.JPGPour 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 DessertsIMG_4043.JPGI seriously enjoyed every bit of my pudd!IMG_4045.JPGIn 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.

Passing by one of my favourite landmarks in London, I just could not resist a pic…IMG_4046-0.JPG…Or two!

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 ,

Amanda