Benihana Ocean County Mall Review

Tonight we decided we wanted to take my uncle “L” out to dinner because he likes to surprise us when we go out by taking the bill before we can get to it.  We went to the Ocean County Mall Benihana.  Upon pulling up there was a sign about 2 people eating for $37.  We immediatelly discussed that this would be a bargain.  The Steak & Shrimp special was $37, and the Chicken & Shrimp special was $35.

We went in as a party of 8 people.  We were seated, and our host took our drink orders.  My wife presented her “Chefs Table Birthday Certificate”, and was told that they would use the certificate, but it could not be used on the specials.  We ordered.  The specials came with Japanese Green Tea, and a sorbet dessert.  Little Brother “L” and girlfriend “L” got the Chicken & Shrimp special.  Wife and daughter got the Chicken & Shrimp special.  Uncle “L” and I got Steak & Shrimp special.  Mom was not hungry.  Little brother “E” got a fried rice appetizer because they had eaten earlier, and weren’t hungry.  They came out with a onion soup.  It was very good.  Next came a salad with ginger dressing.  The ginger dressing made the salad taste strange to me, but it was very tasty.  Finally the chef came out, and started the show.  During prep of the onions he made a flaming volcano, and then made the flaming volcano into a train.  Next he used a shrimp as a fish.  As he cut the tails on the shrimp he was flinging the tails into his hat, shirt pocket, and my daughters dish.  Uncle “L” couldn’t finish his steak so he gave the rest to me.

The portions of food were very nicely sized.  Most of us were starving, but after dinner we were absolutelly stuffed.  Little brother “L” and I conversed quickly about surprising mom with a birthday announcement.  They came over, and made her blow out a candle, and she had her sorbet.  They then took our photo as a group, and gave us a print of the picture.  They told us we could go online and get additional copies.

Chefs Table is something that awards you with a gift certificate during your birth month.  You can join the Chefs Table by clicking HERE, or filling out the in store application.  There is also a childrens group that can be joined which will get them a FREE souvenier cup.

The food was good, and the service was also good.  The soft drinks seemed a bit pricey, but from my understanding per my wife this is going rate for almost any restaurant.  I would definitelly eat there again.  Warning… not even the best diet pills will work for this food, as it is very good tasting, and the show is an added bonus.

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