Monday, February 14, 2011

Benihana & Mubarak

I had a great urge to blog about the Benihana, Kuwait blunder (#BenihanaKUW on twitter) that took place a few weeks ago but I resisted doing so in fear of straying away from my political focus my blog reflects.

After witnessing what recently transpired in Egypt, I managed to see a connection: The Dictator Mentality. This is what Benihana & Mubarak have in common. They both are ultra-proud of their offering and expect people to love them no matter what. They both strike with a fist of iron those who dare to speak against them. And they both are blind to everything but what they wish to see, and deaf to anything but what they want to hear.

In fact, Mubarak seems to be better. It took him 19 days to figure out what to do. Benihana seems to remain in an utter state of denial. Well, Benihana, you served your papers to Mark, today the world of bloggers are serving you. Here's Mr. Mark Makhoul's first post which ignited this whole issue:

A few days back I posted about Benihana opening up at the Avenues and yesterday night I decided to pass by with Nat and try it out. The service wasn’t too bad for a restaurant that’s just been open for a few days and the staff were really friendly. The restaurant itself is made up of islands and bars with a grill in the middle of each one. You sit around the grill and the chef will come to your table and prepare the food right in front of you which makes things entertaining. It’s actually why I prefer sitting at the bar in Japanese restaurants in general, since you can talk to the chef and watch them put your dish together. The problem with my experience last night though was with the food, it was disappointing to say the least.


We ordered beef negimayaki for starters followed by an Orange Blossom maki and a Hibachi Chicken. The negimaki arrived looking good and was probably the best thing we had there even though I prefer Maki’s negimaki which has a richer teriyaki sauce. The Orange Blossom was very ordinary, wouldn’t order it again. Now the Hibachi chicken which is basically grilled chicken, that was the worst. The chicken was very chewy (I could swear it was undercooked if not raw) and tasted terrible. Even after I had the chef add some more teriyaki sauce in hopes of improving the taste it didn’t work. I tried to dip it into the sauces that came with the chicken but it was hard to figure out if they were actually making things worse or not. Nat only ate one piece of chicken and left the rest while I needed my protein since I’m on a strict diet and forced myself to eat my whole plate (I can do that) but the after taste was really bad. Even the rice and the veggies that came with it tasted bad AND were under cooked. Once we left I considered picking up a frozen yogurt from Pinkberry even though I hate frozen yogurts but I just needed something to get rid of the aftertaste. A few moments later we ended up at Chocolate Bar ordering the gooey chocolate cake (bye bye diet).

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I shot the two videos above of the chef preparing our meal. Benihana are known for the live shows they perform when preparing your dish so I was expecting to see [This] but ended up with the above . Would I go back to Benihana? No I wouldn’t. Their sashimi and maki’s are pretty cheap (KD1.5 for 5 pieces of Salmon sashimi for example) but there are two other Japanese restaurants at the Avenues, Wasabi and Maki, and I would prefer either one of those to Benihana.


Mr. Mark Makhoul manages one of the most successful blog sites in Kuwait called 2:48AM. You can also check his original post here

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