During the early 1980s the Las Vegas Hilton was my stomping grounds and Benihanas was my restaurant of choice. The Hilton Poker room was THE place to play poker, and this was a time when card rooms were stuck in the back of the casinos, like step-children, and not many people outside of Vegas and Texas even knew about the World Series of Poker. But I digress; let’s talk about one of my favorite restaurants of all times, Benihana. Over the years I have dined at more Benihanas across this country than any other restaurant, period. How fun is it to see those fabulous chefs put on a great show which makes your dining experience even more enjoyable. But, the BEST hibachi chef/showman that I have EVER seen was an humorously, engaging and talented chef right here at the Las Vegas Hilton's Benihana, Toy Tomme. I would dine at Benihana at least once a week in those days, and every time I would always request Toy as our chef. Toy would ALWAYS make sure we had a great time while enjoying Benihanas fabulous Japanese cuisine.
Well… I had the pleasure of dining at Benihana this week, and guess what, Toy is still there, but he’s climbed the corporate ladder (during his 33 years at Benihanas) and is now the Executive Chef. It was wonderful seeing my old friend again, and great to taste the traditional fare that made Benihana's reputation what it is today. The only thing that changed, is that it has even gotten better! And speaking of getting better, Toy really OUT DID himself. Our table was enthralled by his mastery. We sat with five lovely and fun-loving gals from Orange county California, who were there celebrating a birthday.
As you see in these pictures, the only thing that has changed over the years was me getting older, Toy hasn't aged a bit.