When you think about Kanki, most people think about Hibachi; that onion volcano, chefs throwing food into their hats, and of course that amazing soup. While I also love Hibachi at Kanki, I learned last week that they have so much more to offer! Kanki has started a new seasonal menu to showcase a few dishes that are a little different from their typical menu, and will help show you they offer so much more than Hibachi! The menu will change with the season, so you can always be sure that the dishes are nice and fresh.
Last week, I went to Kanki Durham to try out the winter seasonal menu. We were seated in the lounge area, which had plenty of space compared to the grill top tables. Fun fact: you can actually get Hibachi while sitting in the lounge; you just don’t get the show. So if you want that famous Hibachi, but don’t want to wait for so long, try sitting in the lounge! We were soon introduced to Mr. Gee, the Director of Operations. He was incredibly accommodating, and his passion for the food was obvious is every conversation we had throughout the night. We started out our meal with the Flash Fried Brussel Spouts ($5) and Tuna Poke ($10), both of which were the perfect size for an appetizer or side dish. The brussel sprouts were nice and crispy, and the tuna tasted incredibly fresh and flavorful. My boyfriend, who I was dining with, didn’t think he liked tuna until and he tried the Tuna Poke. Next we moved on to sushi. The seasonal menu includes two different sushi specials. For the Winter menu this was the Roe Roe Roll ($10), which consisted of salmon, tuna, asparagus, masago, and tobiko, and the Alaskan Roll ($10), which consisted of shrimp tempura, eel, cucumber, and kampyo in a reverse roll, topped with salmon, eel sauce, lemon zest, tobiko, and kaiware. Both were fresh and delicious, but the Alaskan Roll was the standout for both my boyfriend and me. Again, he didn’t think he liked sushi until he tried this roll! I always love the flavor that shrimp tempura brings to a sushi roll, that combined with the salmon and eel sauce made for amazing taste in each bite. Amongst all of this food, I almost forgot to mention the seasonal cocktails! We got to try all four cocktails on the winter menu, all of which I would definitely order again. The first was the Cherry Blossom Martini ($8), which has Malibu rum, Peach Schnapps, Absolut Citron, and cranberry juice. This drink was nice and light, sweet, and refreshing. The next was the Godiva Martini ($8), which was made of Kahlua Salted Caramel, Godiva vodka, half and half, and Pina Colada Mix. This along with the Blueberry Colada (Bacardi Rum, Pina Colada mix, mango puree, and blueberry puree) where decadent enough to be dessert! If you’re looking for something a little sweet and creamier, these two are your best bet. The final cocktail was Kanki’s take on a classic Moscow Mule, the Kanki Mule ($8). This drink was made of Absolut Vodka, Ginger Beer, Simple Syrup, lime juice, and mint. I’m a huge ginger lover, so this was my kind of drink. The final dish, and real star of the show, was the Hibachi special. The winter special was Ribeye Steak and Scallops. It was served as a full Hibachi meal, complete with the soup (which is my favorite part), salad, rice, and vegetables. It was fun to get something different from the usual chicken or shrimp. The steak was cooked perfectly and the scallops were nice and buttery, and even though it felt special, it still had those classic Hibachi flavors that everyone loves.
I was very pleasantly surprised with our tasting of the new seasonal menu at Kanki. Like a lot of you, I had really only had Hibachi, so I didn’t realize the amount of variety that they offer. Look out for the new Spring Menu, which will include even more feature items such as; Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken), Tiger Shrimp Hibachi, and two new sushi rolls, along with four new seasonal cocktails! Plus, to make it easier for you to try everything on the seasonal menu, you can get a free appetizer with the purchase of any entrée when you give your waiter the code “TRIFOODIES” at Kanki Durham.