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Benihana: Great for any occasion

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It seems as if I’m the only person in Indianapolis who has never been to Benihana, but for those who are like I was, this is something you should not miss.

Recently I celebrated the second anniversary of my 30th birthday and although I am grateful to God for becoming a year older, I was indifferent about having a big to-do about the event. This year, I wanted to be low key. My husband was very tight-lipped about what he had planned for me so I prepared myself for whatever surprise he had in store.

The night before my birthday, Andre and I had been out with some friends to dinner and dancing followed by breakfast. After a few hours of rest, my hubby and I attended church.

Being out way past my bedtime plus the time change had me exhausted so if I was to be somewhat coherent for what was to come later on, I had to take a nap. Andre informed me that I needed to be ready by 8:20 p.m. so I set my alarm and got a few hours of sleep.

I was confused. I said to myself ‘what could we possibly do on a Sunday night after 8 p.m.?”

At the set time, we hopped in the car and drove to the Keystone at the Crossing mall. I named every restaurant I thought he was taking me to and every guess was answered with a no. I thought, “OK, now I’m really confused. There is nothing else at this mall that could possibly…he’s taking me to Benihana!”

I’ve been to all kinds of restaurants in town but this was one place he knew I had never been. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself.

We entered the restaurant, which is tucked away behind the mall, and was shown to our private table. This is no ordinary table because the grill where your personal chef will cook your food is right in the middle.

We started with a few drinks, coconut flavored sake and a mai tai, and for our dinner I ordered the Samurai Treat ($32.75), which consisted of filet mignon and shrimp grilled with lemon and butter. Andre had the Benihana Delight ($25.25), a chicken and shrimp duo. Our meals came with salad, onion soup, and a hibachi shrimp appetizer with veggies. We dined on our soup and salad while our chef cooked our apps and dinner while doing knife tricks.

It was so much fun to watch him skillfully cook our meal! Once our entrée was complete, our cook plated our food and left us to enjoy our meal.

We savored every delicious piece of steak, chicken and shrimp that was put before us and enjoyed the bounty of food immensely. That’s a nice way of saying we ate everything on our plate plus had ice cream for dessert.

Even though it was my birthday, I would definitely go back to Benihana for a regular dinner. Our meal and drinks was over $100, but worth every penny. Not only do you get a fun experience, but you get incredibly delicious food prepared by a cook just for you.

Benihana is for the whole family too – there were people of all ages dining and the establishment provides a kids menu. If you think $100 for dinner for two is too pricey, they have a lunch menu and dinner specials.

Needless to say my indifference quickly changed to feelings of appreciation, happiness and specialness. Thanks honey for capping off my wonderful birthday weekend with a delicious dinner!

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