Everyone loves Benihana’s famous hibachi-style dining. But many have yet to experience the atmosphere and libations of Benihana’s Japanese-inspired lounge. Complete with specialty cocktails and Benihana’s most craveable menu items, the lounge is the destination for those who want to have a quick bite or are on the hunt for the perfect happy hour. We’ve broken down the best cocktail and dish pairings for every taste and occasion. With this cheat sheet, you’ll be a pro at the pairings in no time.
For tuna lovers, opt for the Tuna Poke paired with Kappa Collins. This cool and refreshing gin, sake and cucumber Collins-inspired cocktail pairs great with poke and makes for a very light and delicate experience.
If you’re game for some heat, the Crispy Spicy Tuna combines with the Lychee Blossom martini, comprised of sweet lychee puree, vodka and elderflower liqueur to bring out the rich and bold flavors of this dish. The sweetness is also a good match with the tuna that is combined with their house-made soy chili sauce.
If you’re looking for something a bit heartier, the Shrimp Tempura is a great choice, especially when paired with the Nikka Mule. Sparkling wine or beer is the traditional pairing for tempura, but in this case, the light and refreshing mule made with Nikka Japanese Whisky, Ginger liqueur and fresh lemon provides both character and refreshing flavor that enhance the tempura.
Another shrimp-lover favorite is the Shrimp Crunchy Roll, which pairs perfectly with the famous Benihana Hurricane, a rich and flavorful cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, spiced rum and citrus juices.
Spice up your night with the Chili Shrimp Roll. Paired with the Prickly Pear Margarita, this combo will hit the spot. The rich and spicy flavors of this roll are highlighted with this robust margarita, made with the new ultra-premium Astral Blanco Tequila, prickly pear puree, agave sour and Grand Marnier.
Dining with a group? Go for the Lobster Roll with the Mt Fuji Punch Bowl, which is great for sharing with a fun group or dinner date with your loved ones.