I did had my doubts about the place. Anna said she'll leave it up to me. I hated the thought that we're going out to eat at a place with price that doesn't match the taste and will eventually regret it. Days prior, I tried to convince the whole party to rethink and maybe just go somewhere else. I tried suggesting going to a Korean Bbq place and even Kula, all to no avail.
This would be the first and last time that I would let a non-Asian decide what Asian restaurant to eat at! There's so much angst in me right now that I can't even properly put into words how I feel. It was as if I were to invite a Mexican friend and tell him let's eat good tacos and burritos, then head to Taco Bell. Or go to Texas for steak, only to end up at the nearest Outback or Applebee's. Seriously.
Say I may not be the best person to give recommendations about good restaurants, but I've had my fair share of having been to really good ones - expensive or not, plus the fact that I can make mean meals sans recipes. I love food and we love to eat. We would even travel hundreds of miles just to have a taste of some extra ordinary food we saw either online or some TV food show.
Benihana is like Chuckee Cheese for adults. You don't go there for the food, you go there for the entertainment. And that "entertainment" is a good fraction of what you're paying for. I'm too old to be entertained by flaming volcano onions and flying shrimp tails, quite honestly. I won't mind driving all the way to San Francisco to try that extra ordinary chicken, because I know it's worth the trip.
I ordered Hibachi chicken and scallops for Anna. I was not impressed with either. The fried rice was like the one I make at home on weekends. I even put that entry on my Instagram.
I need to end this. Never again Benihana. You're that awkward date that I swear I should have cancelled and never bother. I don't even want to be friends with you. Saying you're a mediocre is me being nice trying not to hurt your feelings. Good riddance. However, I'll still give A++ to Pedro and his team for trying their dibs at entertaining us despite being too damn tired flippin'.