Friday, January 28, 2011

Fun and inventive sushi at the Kona Grill

As you enter Kona Grill you are greeted with an exciting atmosphere with the two large glass-walled aquariums containing a mix of colorful tropical fish, dark colors with retro accents and the patio with fire pit.

The menu offers Japanese and New American cuisine, fresh sushi and specialty entrées with international flavors. There are even gluten free options.

According to Kona they pride their selves on offering guests with fresh ingredients and entrees made from scratch, fresh fish flown in daily, knowledgeable, approachable service and casually-sophisticated environment.

As we pondered over the menu as what sushi and sashimi to try, we thought the Kona Calamari would be a perfect start. The calamari is nicely cooked and not tough or chewy and the spicy aioli dipping sauce, which it is served with, adds a nice flavor contrast. Don’t forget the traditional Edamame that is lightly tossed with kosher salt.

If you are tuna lover the Ahi Wonton Crisps with crispy wontons topped with rare sesame-seared tune and then drizzled with a wasabi aioli. Watch out because that aioli has a nice kick to it.

In the mood for some sushi, then check out the Kona Roll like the Sunshine Roll with spicy salmon roll, topped with fresh salmon and thinly sliced lemon. The citrus adds a nice bite to the flavor combination. My dining partner and I both agreed this would become a staple each timer we visit.

Another delish dish was the Tuna Carpaccio with thinly sliced sashimi topped with wasabi mayo, and yuzu ponzu served with fresh arugula. Ponzusauce is heavily used in Japanese cuisine with foods like sashimi, tempura, plus rice and has a distinctive sweet, sour, slightly salty flavor. The tuna it self was fresh and sliced to perfection.

The service was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was fun and inviting. If you are looking for a quiet meal, this place isn’t for you. However, if you want a little excitement and high energy, and enclosed patio with a fire, this is the place for you.

Don’t forget to become a KonaVORE (email club)- my 1st email special was a free roll!

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Kona Grill
1 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Hours:
Mon - Thur 11am-11pm
Fri - Sat 11am-12a
Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: 410-244-8994

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