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WELCOME BACK TO BENIHANA!

At Benihana, our hooded Teppanyaki tables and robust make-up air continuously improve the air quality with fresh air circulating approximately 30 times per hour. By comparison, a typical restaurant circulates approximately only 8 times per hour.

Our restaurants are going above and beyond the local requirements to ensure your health and safety. Many of these steps were taken as we continued to serve you through our delivery and take-out menus, but now that we can open select dining rooms, we have enhanced our protocol even further to include:

  • Limiting the number of guests in the dining room per the guidelines
  • Screening employees for temperature and other health indications
  • Adhering to social distancing rules at all times
  • Requiring employees to wear masks and gloves
  • Providing guests with disposable menus / QR code menu options
  • Continuous cleaning and sanitization practices in place throughout the restaurant including tables, chairs, doors, check presenters, waiting area and restrooms
  • Peroxide-based sanitization of all surfaces after guests leave the table
  • Providing hand sanitizer to all guests and employees
  • Guests must wear masks prior to seating

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HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS

HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS

Chopsticks are the primary eating utensil throughout much of Asia. Most Americans only encounter them when eating at an Asian restaurant, and their use can prove to be a bit challenging for those who do not have practice. While most restaurants are happy to provide forks to their patrons, it’s still a good idea to learn how to use chopsticks appropriately.
There are several reasons to eat with chopsticks. First, they provide a more authentic dining experience and help food to be eaten in the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Using chopsticks while eating Asian cuisine also shows respect for the cultural heritage of the food. Finally, chopsticks require you to slow down and eat more deliberately, which aids in digestion and gives you more time to enjoy your meal.


THE HISTORY OF CHOPSTICKS

Compared to forks, chopsticks are ancient utensils. It’s estimated that the earliest chopsticks originated in China around 1200 BCE. These early utensils were made of bronze and were used during cooking rather than eating.
Chopsticks began to be used for eating around 400 CE, and by 500 CE had become commonplace throughout Asia. The shift in utensil use coincides with a change in meal preparation. In ancient times, food was often served in large pieces that could be eaten with the hands. As recipes began to change and incorporate smaller pieces of ingredients, the pincer-like chopstick became an ideal tool for grabbing and eating food.
Throughout the centuries, chopsticks have been made from a variety of materials including ivory, brass, silver and jade. The most common materials today are wood and bamboo. The disposable chopsticks provided in Asian restaurants were invented in the 1870s by the Japanese and have grown in popularity since.


HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS

Eating with chopsticks can be a bit of a challenge for people who are not familiar with these utensils or do not use them often. Here are some tips for eating with chopsticks:


  • Hold the bottom chopstick with your thumb, bracing it against your middle finger. This chopstick should not move during use; it remains still for stability.
  • Hold the top chopstick between the tip of your thumb and your forefinger, the way you would hold a pencil. The movement of your forefinger will cause the chopstick to move, allowing you to grip things.
  • The further back on the chopstick you hold it, the more grip strength you will have. Avoid holding the chopsticks too closely to the tip.
  • When eating rice, it is customary to use the chopsticks as a shovel. Eat with the bowl close to your face and burrow the chopsticks under the rice, piling it on top, rather than trying to grasp the rice.

If you need time to practice using chopsticks, you can use a set of “trainer” or beginner chopsticks, which Asian children use when they’re beginning to eat. You can buy a pair of beginner’s chopsticks at an Asian market or make your own pair.
To turn disposable chopsticks into a training set, use a rubber band to connect the chopsticks together at the wide end or top. Next, roll up the chopstick wrapper. Insert this roll of paper between the chopsticks where you’ve put the rubber band. This will create a tweezer-like fulcrum that enables you to grab food easily without struggling.