I've never been to the Benihana (too expensive) but I have been to Shogun in San Antonio. We love Shoguns but rarely get the chance to drive across San Antonio so I was excited to hear about Bonzai in New Braunfels.
I have to say, I was underwhelmed. The hostess did seemed confused about getting us a seat. The food was good, but not great. Portions were large just not especially tasty. Everything was just very under seasoned.
I would say our chef underwhelmed, while I did enjoy the antics of a chef at an adjoining table. Our chef repeated our orders back to us & then proceeded to give my husband the wrong entree. Also, I noted that there was a good deal of interaction between the raw shrimp & the vegetables. While I'm guessing no one had allergies, I still would not be so careless as the chef was in preparation. As I've stated, when eating at this type of place we expect 2 dipping sauces...one for fish & one for meat. The 2 sauces presented at Bonzai are very similar in taste & flavor. When presented, the chef didn't even indicate what each sauce was!
As my husband said, we will never go back. The experience is in the details & while the waitstaff was good, the hostess confusion & lackluster chef & then overall presentation & taste of the food were lacking enough to not warrant another visit from us. For the price ($15.99 for shrimp), we just expect more.
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