I arranged a family meal at Benihana in Toronto last December. It was a bit of gamble - I had never been, and I wasn't sure whether it would be "unspoiled 70's camp" or "dodgy food in a dingy setting". I needn't have worried. The restaurant is in the Royal York and it is a bit of an aptitude test to find it. The interior is right out of 1979 - unspoiled faux Japanese design from the time when Japan was just about to take over the world. We were seated at a cooking table, which made conversation amongst all the family members a bit hard, but the entertaining cooking and eating experience made up for it. The cook was friendly and theatrical, the cooking process was interesting and quick, and the food was really delicious. The staff were outstanding - helpful, flexible, and very professional. After the meal the family had a chance to enjoy the Royal York lobby on the way out. All in all it was a really fantastic experience, not cheap but worth every penny and more. I would go back in an instant, and I would recommend it to anybody looking for memorable dining experience for a group of 6-8 people.
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