I was really excited to receive an invitation to the recently opened Ben Wei Sushi, an Asian fusion restaurant, situated inside Wembley square. The restaurant opened in February this year, by Chef Jim Dai and entrepreneur Ian McMahon, who is also behind crew bar and MCQP.
We arrived at around 7pm to be warmly welcomed by the manager, Bryn. He seated us at the entrance of the restaurant that had a full view of the restaurant, which has an open flow into the centre. I immediately felt comfortable and at ease because the restaurant had a lovely ambience and vibe to it. I was surrounded by laughter and happy diners. Overhearing only great comments about the sushi and food, I knew I was in for a treat just then and there.
On top of all that, Bryn was extremely welcoming and amazing at what he does. To be very honest, I first thought it was just for us since we were there for a review, but this was not true! He was so attentive and friendly to every table, spending a little bit of extra time talking about the dishes and what is paired beautifully with what.
Having a background in the hospitality industry, I was highly impressed with everything about Bryn. Sorry I got caught up a bit there. That’s what happens when a restaurant has such an amazing manager!
My first impression was really good. The décor and design are clean yet artsy and modern. The colour schemes are lime green and blue with wooden floors. It definitely has an Asian feel to it. Another great piece of décor that immediately catches your eye is the beautiful counter at the heart of the restaurant. It’s such a modern and beautiful centre piece that has a bright blue light.
We ordered a bottle of Esona sauvignon blanc, which came highly recommended and paired beautifully with our dishes.
We had the Asian fish cakes as a starter. The fish cakes are made from tuna, salmon, ginger and coriander, which were then very lightly battered and deep fried. I was completely in awe of this. I honestly am not a fan of fish cakes, but this blew my mind. I left Brolin a small piece because I really couldn’t stop eating. There was so much flavour and crunch to the fish cakes that I have a different opinion on fish cakes now.
Next, we had the Tom Yom soup with a coconut and tomato broth base. The key ingredients are mushroom, coriander, baby marrow, cherry tomatoes and prawns. Bryn explained that it might be a bit spicy, but I didn’t find it to be too spicy – it had just the right amount of tang, should I say. I really enjoyed this too.
After we had a taste of some of their starters, we moved on to a sushi platter made by Chef Jim Dai. Our sushi platter was beautifully plated and the presentation was superb. The dish included the Jimmylicious, which is a tempura prawn and cream cheese sandwich, that was topped with diced tempura prawn and a plum and mayo dressing. We then had, the rainbow reloaded. And for my ultimate favourite, their signature Banting roses, where the rice is replaced with shredded carrot and cucumber, wrapped in nori and salmon, topped with Japanese mayo and a lump of caviar.
To my surprise, all of these dishes did not make me full; they only made me want more. It was the perfect start to a great night.
So moving on to the main dish, we had the spicy beef with egg fried rice and noodles on the side. The spicy beef was quite sweet and spicy and very crunchy. The meat was very lightly battered in potato starch and flashed fried and served with their signature sauce, prepared fresh every day with green and red peppers, onions, baby marrows and carrots. This was exceptionally tasty and full of flavour. I will highly recommend this.
We then moved on to dessert and had their deep fried ice cream. It sat beautifully on the pallet to end such a stunning night.
My overall experience was definitely a ten out of ten. The staff were amazing, the food is affordable and really tasty and beautifully presented, which is so important when dining out.
I can highly recommend Ben Wei Sushi to satisfy all your Asian cravings. You will not be disappointed.
Ben Wei restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:30am to 21:00pm – Closed on a Sunday.
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MR LEE FRASER