Would we go back:
• Traditional Scallops $17.75
I am not sure what exactly a Japanese Steakhouse is supposed to be, but if you want Japanese go to Origami or some such Japanese Restaurant, if you want a Steakhouse, go to Morton's or some such Steakhouse, if you want a silly knife show with mostly edible food go to a Japanese Steakhouse, but go to Ichiban downtown.
I have difficulty understanding the attraction to this place, of course it was full. Perhaps with a large group of friends that you love being with this could be a fun place, but as a couple stuck with a group of people you don't know it really never turns out to be a good evening.
For those of you who have not been to a Japanese Steakhouse, you sit at tables/grills of eight people. So if you are a group smaller than that you sit with others who you may or may not know. A chef comes out and makes your food in front of your eyes throwing knifes and eggs and other food with various levels of skill. This should be great, you get a show, the food is made right in front of you so it should be fresh and cooked to perfection. The show will vary from chef to chef, the food may vary as well, but the food that we had was not all that good for the price. My scallops were done well I can not complain. The salad of iceberg lettuce was not even worth the effort to eat. Then there was this dipping sauce, which I am not sure what it was made of, but everyone at the table, all who apparently frequent this establishment, could not get enough of it and raved and raved about how good it was. But I personally did not understand the attraction it tasted like a mayo/shrimp cocktail combo that should never had been made.
In summary, you may want to go just to see for yourself what goes on in a Japanese Steakhouse, but don't expect Japanese or steakhouse type of food.
• Fried Rice $2.50
• Traditional Shrimp $17.50
Benihana is not to good. Go to Ichiban if you must go to a Japanese steak house.
August 21, 1999