A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published September 4th 2012
Update July 20th 2015
Please note this review is from 2012: this restaurant is now rebranded as Misono Japanese Steakhouse.
Enjoy a delicious Japanese meal with friends
One of the best Japanese Teppanyaki restaurants is actually located in the luxurious Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. Whether you are there on a holiday fresh from frolicking in the sun, a Gold Coast born and bred local or a day-tripper from nearby Brisbane, Benihana Japanese Steak House in Surfers Paradise is worth a visit.
The restaurant is usually busy so a booking is usually required as there are plenty of hotel guests lining up to sample what the restaurant has to offer. In fact, each time I visit, there are still customers walking in around 9pm at night.
The restaurant is not one of your usual neighbourhood budget joints but is a classy establishment well-worth a splurge for special occasions and to indulge in fresh, quality Japanese cuisine. Benihana is perfect for celebrations as the chefs ensure a fun, vibrant atmosphere with skills second to none.
Young kids are normally told not to play with their food, but at Benihana the chefs delight in cheekily throwing eggs across the table, turning eating into a competitive game as customers compete to catch the foods in their open mouths.
Benihana is the largest specialist teppanyaki restaurant in Australia. For first-timers, a teppanyaki hot plate is built in the middle of each table, with 10 or so chairs surrounding the table. Customers sit around the table as the chefs cook and entertain in front of them. The food is served quickly, retaining its piping hot goodness. Meals range from chicken to steak to fresh seafood. Each meal comes with a prawn appetizer, hibachi vegetables, onion soup, salad with Benihana dressing, and steamed rice.
All the chefs are highly trained and talented so rest assured that your food will be cooked to perfection based on your personal preference. There is also a beautifully decorated sake bar where you can order a drink before you are seated.
I visited Benihana during New Years Eve and the interior was exquisitely decorated with the addition of fun party paraphernalia. The party atmosphere makes it ideal for couples, families and groups. Children will not need to be asked to stay quiet around the Teppanyaki table – everyone's excited chattering and applause as the chefs take the stage will drown it all out.
I tried the Benihana Delight - Hibachi chicken and king prawns ($46.50) and was not disappointed. All the little extras that came with the meal ensured that I was full towards the end of the meal despite not catching my egg when it was my turn and watching my portion fall to the floor. If you are a seafood lover, there is an option called Seafood Harmony which consists of Lobster tail, Hibachi scallops, prawns and snapper ($76).
The experience is unforgettable as the chefs whip up their tricks and present skilled showmanship. If you are lucky and are seated at the right seat, you may even get a beautiful view of the Coast. At the end of the meal, the talented chef writes Thank You with salt upside-down on the table top