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Benihana???
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Are they still shopped by the same company they were last year?

Hubby likes that kind of place and they happened to be my one and only flake ever which was last December. I used to get e-mails all the time, but we were never in the area when they were available. With all the traveling to deal with his dad's health issues we are there much more often.

So did the contract go away at the end of the year or am I just barred from seeing it?
August 27, 2013 07:09PM
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Posts:1,726
I see them with two companies.
August 27, 2013 07:12PM
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Posts:2,389
Just saw one as well, with the same (and only) company I ever knew shopped them. If you like Benihana, sign up for their Chef's Table email. Free birthday meal!
August 28, 2013 12:19AM
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Posts:203
It is the same company as last year.
August 28, 2013 03:30AM
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Posts:433
It has been about 4 years since I did Benihanas and really enjoyed doing them. It looks like I shopped them for 2 different companies but have not seen them in my area in years.
August 28, 2013 08:57AM
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Posts:160
I still see them once a month with a certain msc.

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Shopping in San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles
August 28, 2013 05:34PM
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Posts:1,878
They are still with the same company and I see them monthly.

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August 28, 2013 11:04PM
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Posts:1,595
So I may reach out to them just to see. Thanks all!
August 28, 2013 11:11PM
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Posts:165
Hi. I am looking at the Benihana website, and I don't see appetizers listed, only sides. Just wondering how you fulfill the requirement to order an appetizer. Some of the sides look like appetizers, but then in the list of sides you have to order, it includes Tempura, so I don't know how you differentiate. Thanks?

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May 12, 2014 05:57AM
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Posts:665
Found it:

Entrées And Appetizers
Sushi Combination
6 pcs of nigiri sushi and 1 california roll.

Sashimi Combination Deluxe

Sushi / Sashimi Combination With Rice

Sashimi Combination With Rice

Endless Sushi
Monday through thursday during dinner hours only. served with miso soup, benihana salad and edamame.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/12/2014 09:40AM by Chix.
May 12, 2014 08:40AM
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Posts:396
Once again, another assignment requiring a lot of ordering for a low reimbursement. Is it still $85??
May 12, 2014 09:30AM
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Posts:165
Thanks, Chix. My location has a choice for "Teppan". Under that is Sake, Wine, etc. , Side Orders, Specialty Sushi Rolls, Sashimi and Sushi Hand Rolls, Entrees, Dessert, Lunch, Take Home. Under entrees, there are entrees, salads and vegetables, noodles and tofu. The word "appetizer" is nowhere to be seen. I'll email the scheduler, but wanted to check if I was missing something first.

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May 12, 2014 09:34AM
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LindaM, yes, it is.

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May 12, 2014 11:33AM
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I have not seen a Bennie in a long time in New Jersey
May 12, 2014 11:43AM
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Same company. I miss doing them. I stopped because my cholesterol was high and I didn't think the 2 cups of garlic butter they put on the rice was a good idea for my arteries smiling smiley
May 12, 2014 01:31PM
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Phoebe70 Wrote:
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> Same company. I miss doing them. I stopped
> because my cholesterol was high and I didn't think
> the 2 cups of garlic butter they put on the rice
> was a good idea for my arteries smiling smiley


Just order the white rice instead of the chicken rice...you will save on garlic butter and money too that you can spend on a more expensive entree. (that chicken rice adds several dollars per person to your bill). The menu does seem to vary a bit from one location to another. If you and others at your table order the regular rice...it is really difficult for the chef to do the beating heart trick so beware. I have also been with people who have asked not to have all the oil and butter on their entree and the chef has complied.
May 12, 2014 11:18PM
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Posts:886
The last time we were there, they sat us at a table with six savvy strangers who knew that they could order the cheapest thing on the menu and still receive equal parts of our expensive entree. We have not been there since, but I know that they are still shopped in the So Cal area by the same company that has held their contract for years.
May 13, 2014 02:06AM
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KathyC Wrote:
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> The last time we were there, they sat us at a
> table with six savvy strangers who knew that they
> could order the cheapest thing on the menu and
> still receive equal parts of our expensive entree.
> We have not been there since, but I know that they
> are still shopped in the So Cal area by the same
> company that has held their contract for years.


How did they do it?
May 13, 2014 06:30AM
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Posts:1,878
I want to know, too, since they are shopped monthly around here.

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May 13, 2014 10:40PM
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Posts:886
I have not been there for a few years, but this is how it used to go: There were NO tables for two, four (and possibly for six) persons because all tables were set up with grills to serve 6 or more (usually 8) persons for purposes of presentation. That used to mean that if you had a party of under six , you were seated with strangers. The practice of the chain was to distribute all orders evenly among all guests at that table, regardless of what you/they ordered and paid for. This infuriated my spouse as he paid for an upscale meal and watched it being distributed to our table mates who paid for a lessor meal. I am guessing that they have altered that a bit.
May 14, 2014 02:52AM
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@KathyC, I always go with a party of 2 and do the shops in NYC, Miami, and Orlando, in multiple locations, and with the previous MSC as well. I have always received and paid only what I ordered. I have never received a different item. Do not forget some people do not like seafood, or are vegetarians.
May 14, 2014 02:00PM
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