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Benihana (Swiss Cottage)

Benihana is as Japanese as my Auntie Betty. The waitresses were Thai, the chef was Chinese, called David and had a posh Chelsea accent. He made dumb jokes about hotate being "Japanese marshmallows". He juggled eggs and cooking knives. It was a show: Jackie Chan does Tom Cruise in "Cocktail" in a faux teriyaki restaurant. The rice was long grain. Our 'funny' chef called it 'flai lice' ahahah... I asked for the tuna steak 'still swimming' but instead of the promised 'seared and served' I got something a crematorium would send back as overdone, swimming with sweet shoyu and tasteless. The nihonshu (the thai waitress advised me not to drink the atsukan as cold "is more authentic in Japan", yeah thanks and I'll tell you how to drink Mekong whiskey)..the nihonshu was the screw top rubbish they sell as one step above one-cup in 7-11 except that it cost 7 pounds a pop. The bill for two, 20,000 yen....serves me right for going Japanese in Chelsea.

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 0 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0


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