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Benihana (Swiss Cottage)

Went to Benihana for the "5 course" lunch.

I will have to say I was quite dissappointed by the experience.

Personally, I thought London-eating's own review was a bit over the top especially with the description in terms of decor

e.g. how it is "cosy" downstairs... in my opinion, the lower floor needs a bit of refurbishment, the equipment and furnitures look a bit dated.

Let's talk about the food side of things which is by far the most important thing. I feel this restaurant is just one of those chains who serve mediocre food. The onion soup was pretty much a MSG-loaded stock. The sushi is as good as the ones you could get in supermarkets. Then there's the grill... I seriously doubt whether the food they serve are of high quality as the tuna, sirloin and salmon tasted a little stale and also, they just left the food unrefrigerated thus oxidating and ultimately ruining the produce.

Again, I have to disagree with London-eating where it says that the chefs are talented. They are quick for sure but definitely not accurate at all (the fact that the guy managed to flip some shells onto his hat. The chefs need more training, preferably in Japan to really get the essence of teppanyaki.

There are far better offerings in the city for authentic Japanese fare, but if you want to see some clowns cooking your "japanese" food then Benihana's definitely for you!

Friday, August 04, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 4 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6

China Boulevard on the River

Had a Dim sum lunch at this new Chinese restaurant.

I am afraid to say that it wasn't up to standard comparing to its contemporaries in Chinatown.

The buns' pastry was hard due to a poor dough, the roast meats were hard, the yam tarts were not crispy...etc. The portion was also a tad too small, maybe that's why they don't charge so much.

the staff also needs to be trained better as one of them looked like she had no idea of what she should be doing.

The only good thing about the place is its decor.

Unless they step up a gear, it can't see why I would go back for dim sum again.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

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