|Us celebrating Daren's 25 birthday at Benihana|
One of the places we accompanied Daren to for a birthday celebration is Benihana. I love Benihana and all the restaurants out there like it. It's always a good time watching the chefs prepare your meal right in front of you.
|Chef Aaron pouring the yum yum sauce|
|Making a heart out of the chicken fried rice|
|Cooking the entrees|
However, since Daren's birthday landed on a Saturday this year we had to wait until the following Monday (6.11.12) to get our chicken fried rice on (seriously, get the chicken fried rice). But it was well worth the wait, as I would consider this our best trip to Benihana yet.
Even though we had a reservation they were running a little behind when we arrived so we sat at the bar and waited. Now Mark and I aren't big drinkers, but we have been on a Mad Men craze since we discovered it on Netflix, so sitting at the bar made us feel like we were in the show (weird I know).... We decided to order a Tokyo Manhattan and share. It was quite the tasty drink reminiscent of a whiskey sour, which just happens to be my usual drink of choice.
I ordered the garden delight which was steamed asparagus, sweet potatoes, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, and a side of brown rice. It was of course right up my alley and I loved it. It was made even better by my decision to dip EVERYTHING in the amazing yum yum sauce. Our chef even took the time to make a mosaic of sorts out of my veggies. And because this is one of their vegetarian meals it came with a separate tofu appetizer instead of the regular shrimp one everyone receives. This was fine with me because I love tofu and it had a really good, spicy sauce on top.
|Chef's mosaic made with my veggies|
|Green tea ice cream|
Obviously we will be back in November for my birthday.
|Jeff's straw/chop stick creation|
|Fork Mark may or may not have accidentally kept|