Ben Wei is owned by chef Jim Dai and entrepreneur Ian McMahon, and is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. So what makes it so special? Apart from a unique spin on these familiar dishes made with the freshest fish and ingredients, the extensive, vintage designed menu even includes Banting and vegetarian options. Carefully selected wines available will perfectly complement any order and satisfy the most distinguished palates. Think sushi or Asian food, and brace yourself to be pleasantly surprised.
At Ben Wei, chef and co-owner Jim Dai carves up delightful sushi and Asian dishes for our patrons. He moved to South Africa from China in 2007 and has been a sushi chef at notable establishments like The Alphen Hotel since then. At Fugu he took the restaurant to the top 15 list of sushi restaurants before joining The Vineyard Hotel and now he is putting his 10 years’ experience to best use at Ben Wei.
Co-owner Ian McMahon is a well-known entrepreneur and has decades of experience in the restaurant industry, Notably with the franchise industry and is the owner of Radiomac Retail Radio providing music to many of SA’s restaurant chains such as Hussar Grill, RocoMamas and Spur.
My first visit via Restaurant Week. My husband, son and I did lunch. The restaurant was about 80% full - an encouraging sign. The Restaurant Week menu offered 2 each potstickers, fried wonton and vegetable dumplings (with some real Chinese mushroom) served with soya sauce. These were of decent quality. For mains, I had the Crispy Spicy Beef. The beef strips were still crispy and the meat itself tender. The sauce, with its pickled veg and a hint of chili, was a bit tangy, which married well with the spiciness. A dish worth recommending.
My husband had one of his fave dishes, the kung-pao chicken, which he said had the right amount of chili, and tasty peanuts. He had to order a second bowl of rice though, and it was appreciated that we weren’t charged for this second bowl.
My son had the rainbow rolls, and was happy with them. A choice of coffees and cappuccino were included in the price. Both the coffee and cappuccino could not be faulted. The wait for our Mains was a bit long, but good food is always worth the wait. We left feeling very content with our meals. Good value through Restaurant Week. A place to which I would like to return.
I've enjoyed frequenting Ben Wei since they opened. The food and service have always been really good with great service to boot.
I will however NEVER dine at Ben Wei again!!!!!
My friend and I found a maggot in our order of Cashew Nut Chicken. The owner was not even surprised or contained it very well. He apologized and offered to re[lace the meal, I was so shocked that he even thought that replacing the meal without finding the origin or the maggot was an option.
Added to this, he made us pay for the other 2 food items we ordered.
The entire Ben Wei experience has been ruined for us and we will never return.
The owner does not value the health or experience of his patrons.
As one of many Wembley Square working drones, it is always exciting to see a new place open in the area. Ben Wei proved to be a lovely spot for Friday-after-payday lunches.
As you may have inferred, the prices are a bit steep, especially for the sushi. However, everything is fresh, fragrant and delicious. The curries and spring rolls are fantastic.
Service wise: very friendly and prompt. The wait is a bit on the long side, which is not ideal over lunch hours, but ideal for drawn out dinners.
The menu could be clearer: I ordered the Tom Kha Gai Soup as a main, which turned out to be starter sized.
The interior is elegant and moodily lit; a sharp contrast to the 90s style bops that make up the playlist. Though a bit jarring at first, it is actually quite fun and refreshing to hum along to the Backstreet Boys while you nibble your complimentary prawn crackers.
All in all, a lovely, if slightly pricey place for lunch.