It's been a while since I did a blog entry about a great sushi restaurant that I've recently eaten at so I figured now's as good a time as any.

I was just at the Benihana on Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright (Bell Road) in Scottsdale, AZ last night.  Of all the Benihana restaurants I've eaten at across the country, this has the best sushi hands down.  The sushi is very fresh, portions are large and the sushi chefs do a great job of preparation. 

This Benihana offers a few specials that my family and I like to take advantage of.  The first is what they call "Endless Sushi" for $26.95.  Technically, it's not really endless, but you definitely get your money's worth.  This special allows you to order up to 24 pieces (4 sets of 6) of nigiri sushi that includes most of the items from the main nigiri menu.  In addition to this, you can also order a bunch of appetizers and about 12 - 24 rolls (can't remember how many, but definitely at least 12). 

The second special gives you 5 Hand Rolls for $14.50.  The selections for this are Shrimp Tempura, Yellow Tail, Salmon, Spicy Tuna and California Hand Rolls (remember these are all hand rolls).  You can do 5 of one or any combination you want up to 5 total.  This is my son's and wife's favorite special.

The third special is a "Pick 2 for $15".  I can't remember the items available on this special, but I know Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Steak, Shrimp Tempura Sushi Roll, Chef's Choice of Nigiri (5 pieces) and Tempura Shrimp appetizer are on the menu.  I know there's a few more, but since my kids don't order them, I can't remember what they are.  This also includes rice, miso soup and salad.  My son and daughter will do this one on occasion.

If you haven't figured it out by now, the special I always go for is the Endless Sushi.  If anyone has seen me eat sushi, you'll know I eat like I have a hollow leg.  Last night, I went through my 24 pieces of Nigiri plus an extra 6 (the sushi chef accidentally made 6 pieces of marinated salmon (kinda like smoked salmon) instead of 6 mackerel (must have been next to each other on the menu) so he just let me keep it versus throwing it away.  In addition to the 30 pieces of nigiri, I was able to eat one roll and a bowl of miso soup before throwing in the towel.  I'll tell ya, I was STUFFED! 

Let's take a look at what this "small" meal would have cost me at an average sushi restaurant.
30 pieces of nigiri = 15 orders * $4 / order = $60
1 roll * $6 = $6
1 Miso Soup * $3 = $3

Total = $69

Savings = $42

Hmmm.  Looks like a pretty doggone good deal to me!!!


Harold Wong