Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kanki Japanese House of Steaks & Sushi Restaurant Review - Durham, NC

3504 Mt. Moriah Road
Durham, NC  27707
(919) 401-6908

Exterior View

Interior View

Fire Show


Lunch Hibachi Steak - $13.95

This is a review for a hibachi Japanese restaurant called Kanki located in Durham, North Carolina. They have two other locations in Raleigh. Take exit 270 off I-40 West, turn right on to US-501 and then turn right at the first traffic light and you'll find it on your right. They are open Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2 pm, reopen at 4:30 pm and close at 9:30 pm except on Friday when they close an hour later. Sunday they are open from noon until 9:30 pm and Saturday they are close an hour later. Reservations are recommended during the lunch and dinner rush. We arrived around 2 pm on a Saturday, so it wasn't very busy at all. We were immediately seated at an empty hibachi table. 

We had to wait quite awhile for the waiter to arrive so we could order our drinks and we waited even longer for our chef to show up. There were only two other people at our table. Our soup didn't arrived until twenty minutes after we arrived. It was another twenty minutes before we had rice, zucchini and onions on our plates and a few more minutes more for the mushrooms & steak. The visit took about an hour. The soup was barely warm which was a disappointing start. It had fried onions, uncooked mushroom slices and green onion in chicken broth. It was tasty, but I prefer miso soup. You have the option of salad instead. The rice was a bit overcooked and included two eggs, the zucchini was a bit undercooked and the mushrooms would have tasted better if they had marinated them in butter which some hibachi chefs do. Hubby had the Steak & Shrimp and his shrimp were a bit overcooked, but they had a nice lemon flavor. The steak was cooked as I had requested, medium rare, but it wasn't of the highest of quality. It was tasty and mostly tender though and I guess the best one can expect for only $13.95. The dinner price is $22.95 for steak. They also offer shrimp, chicken, filet mignon and salmon. The chicken is also tasty, but it's the last to be plated since it takes the longest to cook, that's the reason the majority of the time I chose the steak instead. The chef wasn't that entertaining. He did a show with his spatula and fork at the beginning, lite the grill on fire in the middle and at the end did a show with his pepper and salt mills. I have seen much better shows at the Raleigh location. They use to offer an appetizer of two shrimp per person included in the price, but it's not offered anymore at least at lunch. Perhaps at dinnertime they offer it. 

We've been to this location many times and occasionally visit the Crabtree location. The location we've visited the most is the one on Old Wake Forest Road. All in all it was an enjoyable experience, just not as great as we have had in the past. It's a fun place to eat especially during lunch since the prices are much lower. It's plenty of food and most people take home leftovers even at lunch. What's your favorite hibachi restaurant in the Triangle?

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