Revisiting Benihana Before It's Sold
Alarmed by the news that Benihana might be sold, last night Short Order paid a visit to the teppanyaki temple, which is located off the 79th Street Causeway. However, it was business as usual at the waterfront eatery (which, like most Miami restaurants, doesn't actually have outdoor seating) and none of the employees knew anything about the possible sale. In fact, at 9 p.m. the Miami Beach location was fairly full with patrons drinking Mai Tais out of ceramic Buddha cups and gorging themselves on hibachi fare.
|Photos by Jacquelynn D. Powers|
|That's a lot of shrimp!|
|Chef Cedric making a heart out of chicken fried rice.|
Many people do visit Benihana for their birthday, however, as evidenced by the fact that every table (except ours) was celebrating one. And who doesn't love hearing "Happy Birthday" sung in Japanese ten times through the course of the night? Of course, it's kitschiness like this that keeps Benihana near and dear to our (clogged) heart. That and the buttery, soy-saucy, grilled food. (Calories, be damned!) Let's just hope that if the sale does go through that the new owners will keep Benihana as "authentic" as ever.
|A full grill at Benihana.|
1665 NE 79 Street Causeway, Miami Beach