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Benihana embraces Wagyu trend
While most establishments offer Wagyu beef at a prohibitive premium, quirky Japanese restaurant Benihana is bucking the trend and offering this speciality meat at prices that are intended to encourage people to try it.
With its Spring Wagyu Festival Menu, Benihana has created an imaginative introduction to the renowned delicacy, offering mouthwatering side dishes from as little as £4.80 (including the aptly named Wagyu Heaven comprising Wagyu, foie gras and truffle oil) and a Seven Course Wagyu Lunch Menu at a very affordable £17.30. For those wanting to push the boat out, the Seven Course Wagyu Steak Set Menu at £67.00 is a must.
Wagyu beef has an unusually large amount of marbling that leads to its superior taste and tenderness. The beef is also naturally healthier as research shows that the beef from Wagyu cattle contains more Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as more monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fat) than other beef. The percentage of fatty acids affects the texture of food, particularly in meats, and it is for this reason that Wagyu beef is regarded as the finest, most exclusive beef produced in the world.
Wagyu at Benihana
Not only do diners at Benihana get the opportunity to enjoy the delight that is Wagyu, they are also entertained by chefs who cook at your table and whose skills are so much more than just culinary. Check out the website (www.benihana.co.uk) to see just what Benihana’s ‘Teppan-yaki’ dining experience comprises. This teppan style of cooking suits Wagyu perfectly as the marbling benefits from swift cooking at a high heat.
The first Benihana restaurant opened in 1964 in New York City.
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