Benihana - Glasgow
In 1964, there emerged on the fiercely competitive New York restaurant scene a totally new concept in luxury dining. It was called Benihana of Tokyo. Benihana’s food preparation methods immediately set it apart from other restaurants, as it had no conventional kitchen. Instead Chefs prepared and cooked entrees at a table called a "Hibachi Grill".
As the newest addition to this now global restaurant business Benihana Glasgow offers a modern interpretation of the iconic brand with a fresh new interior envisioned by DesignLSM.
The design narrative draws inspiration from the legacy of founder Hiraoki ‘Rocky’ Aoki. Subversive visual cues create a spectacularly unique dining environment whilst reflecting the true ethos and energy of the brand.
A minimal palette of polished plaster, pale oak and (Shou Sugi ban) charred timber paired with bold tones of red and black set a warm and inviting ambience throughout the restaurant. With playful elements of vibrancy projected through mesmerising feature floor tiles and Japanese manga inspired illustrations that capture the colourful persona of Rocky.
The centralised bespoke dining structure complete with five live cooking stations provides the culinary heart to the space, offering the exciting and entertaining teppanyaki experience that the brand is famed for.
Richard Mackay, Managing Director of Benihana, comments “As we celebrate 55 years of excellence since our founder opened the doors of Benihana, it seems poignant for us to be launching our Glasgow restaurant as part of the group’s planned expansion, that echoes the cues of the original concept within an evolved, more mature design. We are excited to receive guests as they experience the fast-paced performances and flame raising skills by their own personal chef, creating an entertaining teppanyaki dining experience.”
Photography by Cadzow Pelosi Photography.
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