Monday, March 17, 2014
Benkay Restaurant Review - Portland, Maine
A couple of weeks ago we went to Benkay Restaurant for a Sunday lunch. I had purchased a Groupon and was excited to use it. It cost me $26 and we were able to get $50 worth of food. It was good Sunday - Thursday anytime and we could have also used it on Friday or Saturday before 5 PM. As of today they are still offering this awesome deal. You should check it out!
When we arrived it was really busy and it looks like there were only 2 waitresses working. This was the same weekend as the Portland Flower Show and I am not sure they were expecting it to be as busy as it was. They are in walking distance from the show and I think a lot of people took advantage of that. Even with it being so busy, they were able to quickly seat us.
Our orders were taken pretty quickly. I was impressed with how our waitress was handling so many tables at one time. Shortly after placing our order the Miso Soup came out. Miso Soup is one of my favorites and I was hoping that Gabrian wouldn't like his so I could get a hold of a bowl (my meal did not include any soup) but it ended up being Riley that was not such a fan. I was able to eat half of his bowl.
This picture is Gabrian's bowl after he finished slurping out the very last bit he could get out of it. Gabrian is a Miso Soup lover just like me. This soup was delicious. It had that wonderfully distinct taste of the soup with lots of delicious seaweed in it. After our soup we settled in for a bit of a wait for our main meals.
Riley went with the Chicken & Vegetable Tempura ($10). It was quite impressive when it came out of the kitchen. Riley had a really fun time trying to figure out the different vegetables underneath that batter. It was the perfect meal for a 15-year old boy. He loved all the fried food.
Gabrian ordered the Katsu Chicken ($11) which came with a bowl of white rice. This serving was huge and he ate well over half of it. He loved the chicken and the dipping sauce that came with it. I was able to snag a piece of it and it was very moist with a crispy coating.
I had the Spider Roll ($9) and the Spicy Scallop Roll ($12). My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures. The scallops were succulent and tasty. The sweetness of the scallop worked perfectly with the spicy sauce that goes on the roll. The Spider Roll contains my favorite soft shell crab. The only thing I could find fault with is the lettuce in the Spider Roll. That is just a personal preference that I prefer my rolls with out lettuce.
The boys had a great time trying out the chopsticks (although Riley's picture is making him look less than thrilled). I love that plastic piece for the chopsticks to help get Gabrian get used to using them.
We really enjoyed our lunch here and would definitely go back. I would say the only snafu is our wait between the soup and our main meal. I chalked it up to them being overwhelmed by the crowd from the Flower Show. Since it was a Sunday, it was no big deal because we had nowhere else to go anyway.
I would highly recommend going to Benkay for a meal. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located on 2 India St in Portland.