Author: Posh Eater
Benihana, Grand Indonesia was surprisingly very spacious inside, while it may look small from the outside. I love that they’ve kept the modern authentic Japanese interior similar to the other Benihana restaurants, while adding more elegance to the other rooms. Dark wooden walls, separate teppanyaki tables, the red wood pillars, large heavy white drapes, large Buddhist God statue to accent the dimly lit restaurant. For bigger party, large dining tables with beautiful autumn themed surroundings are also available. This restaurant was noticeably built for both regular and high end parties.
Benihana was built in 1942 and has more than a hundred franchises all around the world ever since. The American based company is famous for the Teppanyaki. For those of you who are not familiar with it, Teppanyaki derived from the word ‘teppan’, which means iron plate, and ‘yaki’, which means grilled, broiled or pan-fried. Modern teppanyaki grills are typically propane-heated flat surface grills, and are widely used to cook food in front of guests at restaurants. The dish that’s prepared are steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.
The chef that served us was funny and entertaining. His slicing, dicing and juggling utensils was superb. Shrimp tails are flipped, eggs are tossed, and the oh-so famous flaming onion volcanoes –indeed a spectacle in itself. And that’s what Benihana is all about. The price might be over the top, but I think it’s a fantastic place to indulge for your special occasions.
This was the teppanyaki meal that we ordered:
The Jakarta Special (IDR 450.000): Hibachi Tenderloin and Lobster.
Garlic Rice (IDR 25.000): Fried rice cooked teppanyaki style.
Hibachi Rib Eye (IDR 298.000): Juicy Black Angus Rib Eye.
All served with Japanese Onion Soup, Benihana Salad, Shrimp Appetizer, Hibachi Vegetables, Steamed rice and Ocha.
BenihanaGrand Indonesia, East Mall, 3rd Flr. Jl. M.H. Thamrin 1 Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
Phone: (021) 2358 1067/ (021) 2358 1068