The John Chow Blogger Dinner Cost How Much?

I asked readers to guess how much dinner at Benihanna cost for 15 bloggers. The guess the came the closest to the actual bill without going over would win a signed copy of An American Hedge Fund by Timothy Sykes.

The post received 159 replies with guesses ranging from $350 to $4150.10. One person guessed $1 million but I ruled that out as a joke. Google Lady did some research by finding the Benihanna menu online and looking up prices. That was very enterprising and shows logical thinking. Vik Dulat gets the evil award for asking Zac Johnson, who was seated next to me, how much dinner cost. Zac saw the bill but refused to tell. So, how much did the John Chow Blogger Dinner really cost?


Congrats to Sean Walberg of Sean’s Obsessions. Sean’s guess of $975.50 came the closest without going over. Enjoy the book Sean! My next party is a the 2008 CES in January. If you don’t get an invite, it means you are not important enough. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

79 thoughts on “The John Chow Blogger Dinner Cost How Much?”

  1. Congratulations Sean. That is a good way to treat your friends John. The price seems quite reasonable for all dishes that you had shown, the ambiance and of course the locale!

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Holy moly that’s an expensive dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ But not when you factor in how many people where there I guess. Congratulations on winning!!

      1. Heck yeah it is expensive, I did not imagined it would be THAT expensive, its like $67 per person.

        With that amount of money I could of rent a room, buy a good amount of beer, a good amount of meat and roost it over and drink until my lights turn off ๐Ÿ˜› (oh yeah, it could manage a good amount of weed as well, even tho it has been such a long time).

        1. Kym Huynh says:

          I know who I’m inviting over for dinner next time haha.

          1. Steven says:

            Darn, I guessed $900 =(

          2. Darn, I was close at $1000 + $200 in tips…

    2. I would have guessed free because you seem to get everything else for free ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. bob cobb says:

    I made an entry, it was somewhere in the 900s, but it got deleted โ“ I know it was on there because I saw it after I posted it

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Hmm maybe it was held in moderation. I know my first comment was.

  3. Simon says:

    congrats Sean
    Nice of you to treat your friends John. Come to Toronto!

  4. Kym Huynh says:

    *shakes fist* Darnnn youuuu… Balthazaaarr!! I’ll win the next contest darn it… I WILL!!

  5. Vik Dulat says:

    Atleast I got the evil award ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ NICE ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    2. Zac Johnson says:

      At least I got the link back from your Evil Award! haha! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

      1. ms danielle says:

        thanks again, john!

  6. bmunch says:

    I would have guess $1000, but even that would not have won. You’re good, Sean.

  7. Googlelady says:

    Congratulations Sean! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  8. Nomar says:

    Congrats Sean! That was a real close guess

  9. Michael Woo says:

    LOLz ::: If you donโ€™t get an invite, it means you are not important enough. <– ๐Ÿ˜ˆ this is real evil :o… pure evil ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    Can u send me a plane ticket to malaysia? @@?

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      He is evil after all. Shoemoney said so himself.

      1. I think the feeling was mutual.

  10. Domtan says:

    Congratulations to Sean. Nearly hit the nail on the head. Our guess was off by $77, at $898.

  11. Congratulations to Sean. Quite big amuont of money ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. DeboHobo says:

    Oh darn I never win anything ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    Congrats to the winner though.

  13. Mike says:

    Wow, that was pretty expensive!

    1. I agree. All the places he eats seem expensive.

  14. Gyutae Park says:

    Dang John, what a baller. You paid for everyone?

    1. Domtan says:

      Indeed he did. To John, money is just paper with pictures on it.

      1. Kym Huynh says:

        Well… that’s pretty much what it is literally lol. But I know what you mean.

  15. yuqk says:

    lol ~ so expansive

  16. says:

    So…I prob should have read the contest post a few days ago considering benihannas is about 3 blocks from my office.anyway was looking at the pics from dinner and umm..why is the grass always greener on the other side? i swear the meal looks much better then the ones i get at the one here.

  17. I’m glad to see you still have the receipt. Tax write off, that’s what I’m thinking.

  18. Hoto says:

    thatยดs a lot of cash for just 15 people !!! wow next time you should just order pizza lol ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      And then all become fat and start a new site about how to lose weight. I can see it now…

      1. Oh yeah, John could make millions on Diet Affiliates…. ๐Ÿ’ก

  19. Egonitron says:

    Damn, my dinner wasn’t that expensive! Must have been all that sake Danielle and Nate were downing ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Wow that is like my blogs income for a month being spent on one dinner…. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Click for Nick – Ways to Earn a Passive Income

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      But think of all the new friends haha. New friends… hmmm… I need some… because all mine are gone… gone!

      I’m sitting home… all alone… and nobody’s home… to guide me.

      1. Hey, I checked out your blog, nice music. Keep up the good work. Oh yeah, thanks for buying a page on One Buck Wiki. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

      2. Googlelady says:

        may be because you are overdoing this in commenting on Johnchow? ๐Ÿ™„

  21. Me says:

    Whoa! Your check for dinner is twice as much as my annual income! You must be wealthy, and therefor powerful. I applaud your success, which is obvious because you managed to run your american bill up to a grand. You must be very happy!

  22. You say: “If you donโ€™t get an invite, it means you are not important enough”?

    Think again. Not getting an invitation simply means YOU are at the loosing end, but I have another offer YOU can count on.

    Come to Denmark and I will buy you a dinner at a local Chinese restaurant you will never forget.

    A bar has been redesigned into a very nice place and their peking soup is amazing. We ate there on November 3rd (our six years’ anniversary), and it was mighty good chow…. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    So when will we see ya….. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. SeoVibe says:

    The real question is – how many air miles did you get with Visa and did it pay for much of your next trip down?

  24. Kabatology says:

    I’ve got to make it next time, even the compensatory price would be OK ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  25. Neil Duckett says:

    I`m more surpised that people think that paying ~$1000 is expensive for a 15 person dinner.

    1. Egonitron says:

      Hey I was there and I think it’s expensive. My dinner was only $35 or so, that averages out to $69.83/person for everyone else ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Hmmm… you did pay for dinner afterall. You are a great guy John! :p

  27. Prija says:

    Hey where is CES going to be at this year John?

    1. John Chow says:

      Las Vegas. It’s the only place big enough to hold it. Some of the booths will be bigger than then entire Blog World show floor. You will never see anything quite like it.

      1. SOunds pretty awesome.

    2. Prija says:

      nevermind.. I just found out it’s at las vegas.

  28. MoneyNing says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooo I lost ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah well. Better luck next time. It was very good of you to invite them to dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Shawn Knight says:

    nice! although, a bit less than i would have expected…

    CES is gonna rock and im sure your party will be even better than last years!

    1. Jason says:

      OOh, I hope so… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Mike Huang says:

    DARN IT! I was off by almost $600 ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


  31. Etienne Teo says:

    I remember reading a review on that, it cost $67 for a seven cost dinner. but i thought you tip was generous, it was evil then.. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  32. johnny card says:

    damn, and i used to be a waiter.

  33. Etienne Teo says:

    if you are still a waiter there, i guess you can step up and introduce yourself to the rest. Will you be tipped off?

  34. I think a lot of people came close? Congrats to the winner anyway!

  35. Kym Huynh says:

    I guess $975.60…

    1. I guess $977.58, is that right? :mrgreen:

      1. Kym Huynh says:

        LOL damn you!! Guessing closer than me… ๐Ÿ˜†

  36. revenuerobot says:

    that looks like a great end of the year expense… ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  37. Mike says:

    Only $900 dollars?

    This was in Las Vegas? Wow.. the US economy is really in shamble.

  38. John you should have got many sponsors for your this expense. they were just few posts and few backlink away.

  39. Sounds like it was a good meal!

    I’m sure it wasn’t as nice as my ยฃ18 chinese takeaway (meal for 3)!

  40. Mike says:

    wow i cant imagine blowing that kind of cash on dinner!

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      You never know… with a last name of McKinlay… you could own your own finanial investment firm and be taking clients out to these sorts of lunches and dinners ALL the time in the future

  41. Jimbo Jones says:

    Who cares how much a stupid dinner cost? YOu have all of these idiot zombies that think you’re rich and sit on your blog when compared to a REAL entrepreneur you make NOTHING. Loser.

  42. bloggernoob says:

    what the. who is this brave and noble mystery guy. why even bother to comment jackass

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