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This Austin import has delicious sushi, an intensely varied sake list, and creative renditions of lamb, venison and duck confit doused with Japanese sensuality. The 1,000-degree hot rock lets you sear your own kobe beef, fish, scallop and shiitake caps right at your table (10 minutes worth of searing power, so eat fast or order another rock). Sometimes things work, sometimes they don't. And if you can get used to the numbing noise and the bank lobby feel, Kenichi is a great place to regularly visit and leer at the kitchen experiments - among other things.
Event Review: Fishr Pryce
if you are going out to hear a mix of pop dance music, then this is the place to be on Saturday night, judging from sat, feb 18th. we were looking for a place in the dfw area that might possibly focus on old school hip hop. well, after hunting in the dallas observer, we ran across an event at kenichi. it said the dj was really into backpack hip hop. there was no cover, not much of a dress code and we could grab some sushi, before retiring upstairs to catch some tunes. so, we thought, "great, let's go!" we were extremely disappointed to hear a total of 2 songs that might possibly be considered backpack or old school hip hop (1 track from a tribe called quest and mary jane by rick james), 4 or 5 rap songs that cannot be considered backpack or old school hip hip and we stayed for 2 hours. all of the other songs we heard were popular tracks jacked up on speed...dance music. that was exactly what we didn't want. but, if that's your deal, then this is the place to be. i won't say that what we read said that the dj only plays old school hip hop, but there were LOTS of implications. the surroundings were nice :)
My son said, "Dad you gotta eat here." If I could beam myself up, this would be one of the top 5 or 6 places I would go. It doesn't matter - something with lobster, if it's hot, if it's cold, it will all melt in your mouth. If you are not a sushi fan, you will all the sudden say "Oh my God. I have to go back there." It will take a non-sushi fan and make them a sushi fan. It's also got a little bar where people like to hang out.
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Lest you think there's only so much one can do to improve a slice of raw fish, allow sushi chef Kiyomi Sano to set you straight. Yeah, there's the whole attitude thing. The place is consciously hip, to say the least. But Kenichi has thrived through Victory Park's death throes thanks to delicate fish, chef Bodhi Durant's "badass" tuna tacos (we told you--attitude) and, most of all, the sake know-how of sommelier Hung Nguyen, who gained Level 2 certification from the Sake Educational... More »
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