I wanted to love these. I really did.
I love Benihana without a shred of irony or sarcasm. I love Benihana with the enthusiasm of a Disney adult.
From the progressive ritual of the salty, onion broth soup with the thinnest slivers of mushrooms imaginable to the crisp iceberg lettuce salad with carrot-ginger dressing to the sautéed zucchini planks, flaming onion volcano, and great pouring of the dipping sauces.