It’s been a while. Life happened, as it does, and now I think I’m ready to get back to putting together the occaisional post. I’ll be honest, I’ve been to more than a few restaurants that I really wanted to write about in the last two years, but I’m not keen on writing if I don’t have pictures and now I finally have the ability to take decent photos again – as long as I remember! So now it’s time to get back in the habit!
First up: Ken Sushi House
My friend and I split this dinner; gyoza, 7pc veggie tempura, spicy crab roll, red volacano roll, a green tea and an iced tea.
I was absolutely thrilled when she told me she’d found a new not AYCE sushi place. I have been totally heartbroken since Niko Niko closed. I’ve tried every other sushi restaurant I know in the tri-cities (AYCE, or not), and beyond, and I am convinced I will never find anything that comes to close to what they offered. But I continue searching.
I won’t say that the search ended here, but it’s the closest I’ve gotten so far. We sat right at the bar as the restaurant was packed, granted it is on the smaller side, but it is still bright and inviting. There was decent variety in rolls offered, which included all of the usual suspects as well as a good number of their own unique rolls.
I’m not going to go on and on about how great everything tasted – it was exactly what I would expect from your average not-AYCE sushi joint, I am going to mention a couple points of criticisms though. When reading the menu I did not see any description listed under the gyoza (and that may have been my oversight) but online I see that they offer both veggie and beef options. Since I didn’t know there were options I just ordered ‘gyoza’ and that landed 6 veggie dumplings on our plate. They were ok – if you like your carbohydrate pouches stuffed with vegetables, but I am a meat girl. Next time I will definitely be asking for beef, and I have a feeling that they will be delicious!
My only other criticism goes to the red volcano roll. It seemed a bit mushy. I find that to be common in rolls and I don’t know why it happens. I never had a mushy roll at Niko Niko and everywhere I go I get basically the same things. I just don’t know enough about it to know how they made that difference. I digress, the flavour was great though. I think my next visit will prove more satisfying now that I have a better idea of what I’m getting into.
The spicy crab roll was just that; just crab inside with spicy sauce and a dash of panko crumbs on top. Again I found this one to be a bit mushy, but that would be the expectation with a roll whose only contents are crab. I think an addition of cucmber would be good in that one, but that’s just my taste!
Finally the tempura was nice and light. Our basket contained 2pc zucchini, 2pc sweet potato, 2pc squash and one pc of onion. Personally I’m not a fan of the texture of the center of the zucchini pieces – though I did try a bite just to be sure. The squash was a bit thick for my liking. The sweet potatoes were a bit smaller than what you usually find. The onion was awesome!
I know, sounds like a lot more bad stuff than good, but I really did enjoy the meal – I just have to be critical until I find my perfect replacement (you’d understand if you’ve ever had to say goodbye to your favorite retaurant too!). I’m not 100% sure, but we think that the gentleman working closest to us behind the bar may have been the owner. And he was a major selling point for me. He spoke to us a few times; not too much and not too little! He was very sweet and has a sense of humour!
I can definitely say I will be giving this place another shot sometime soon.
For everything above, our bill came to $19something each. We split it right down the middle and, forgive me, I can’t remember the cents!