A Review of Kenko Sushi in Kingston, Ontario

Updated on January 8, 2020
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The dining space in Kenko Sushi
The dining space in Kenko Sushi | Source

Kenko Sushi has been serving tasty Japanese cuisine to the Kingston community since 2012. Their interior design is associated with luxuryand features a purple and gold colour scheme. The dining space is small but still very comfortable.

My friend and I stopped by in late March after visiting LeMoine Point. My friend ordered the Dashi Tofu and California on Fire roll. I ordered the Maki Dinner B, which came with California, Spicy Salmon and Dynamite rolls. We were served miso soup, salad and clear noodles as appetizers. Everything was very tasty and fresh. The meal ended with a free cream puff, which was excellent.

The non-food aspect of the restaurant was mixed. Their service was friendly and efficient. Their washrooms were clean and well-stocked. The only concern I have is with their health inspection record. They have had repeated violations and some of them involved critical issues. I hope that they will improve their food handling, as everything else was very good.

A Bit of History

Kenko is a family-run restaurant owned and operated by Young Suk Lee and Mee Sok Youn. They began serving Japanese cuisine in 2012. Over the years, they have received many favourable reviews, earning a "Certificate of Excellence" from TripAdivsor.

Atmosphere

The colours of the interior evoke a sense of luxury. The deep purple wall colour is synonymous with opulence as it was the colour of royalty in the past. The side wall is also symbolic of grandeur as it is a shade of golden-yellow. This textured wall is nicely lit by wall-grazing lighting. Red pendant lights also softly illuminate the dining space. Large windows at the front of the restaurant provide lots of additional natural lighting.

The wooden chairs and some of the tables are the same colour as the purple walls. Tan banquettes line the walls and provide additional seating. Light wood-panel flooring quietly allows the other components of the room to really shine. The dining space is very modern and feels rich. It was like eating in a very fancy place but still felt comfy.

A golden-yellow textured wall inside of Kenko Sushi
A golden-yellow textured wall inside of Kenko Sushi | Source

The Food

My friend and I took a leisurely stroll at Lemoine Point in late March and decided afterward that we wanted to go for sushi. Kenko was the closest sushi restaurant we could find. It was only about a seven-minute drive from Lemoine Point. We weren't sure whether Kenko was a good restaurant, but they had some good reviews, so we decided to try it.

My friend ordered the Age Dashi Tofu, which was deep-fried tofu with sweet soy sauce, for $5.95. For her main, she chose the California on Fire roll. This special maki is a California roll topped with spicy salmon, which is diced salmon mixed with spicy mayo and tempura bits. This maki was $11.50.

I chose a sushi combo, which is served with miso soup and salad. I got the Maki Dinner B, which contained 10 pieces of Dynamite roll, 6 pieces of California roll, and 6 pieces of Spicy Salmon roll. The Dynamite roll had fried shrimp, crab meat, avocado and cucumber. The very popular California roll contained crab meat, cucumber and avocado. The Spicy Salmon roll consisted of salmon mixed with spicy mayo and tempura bits. The whole combo cost $18.50.

Miso Soup, Salad, and Clear Noodles

The miso soup was light and had just the right amount of saltiness. It was very good. The salad contained iceberg lettuce and julienned carrots and was topped with a light, tangy dressing. The dressing was quite nice—it was a very well-balanced combination of salty, sweet and sour tastes. My friend and I shared a clear noodle dish that was topped with sesame seeds. It was very toothsome. I quite enjoyed its toasty and nutty flavour.

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The miso soup and saladThe clear noodles
The miso soup and salad
The miso soup and salad | Source
The clear noodles
The clear noodles | Source

Sushi Combo Dinner B

The presentation of the Sushi Cobo Dinner B was very attractive. The different rolls were nicely separated. Pickled ginger and wasabi were placed at the corner of the square plate. The California rolls were very nice. I could taste the avocado and the crab meat. They were all very tasty. The Spicy Salmon rolls were equally good. The flavour of the salmon wasn't very strong and the spicy mayo wasn't too spicy. The tempura bits added a nice crispy crunch and texture. The Dynamite rolls were also very delicious. The fried shrimp was lovely, and the avocados added a rich creaminess to the rolls. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my combo plate.

The sushi combo B
The sushi combo B | Source

The Dashi Tofu and California on Fire

The Dashi Tofu was quite yummy as well. The sweet soy sauce really elevated it from bland to quite flavourful. The California on Fire roll was also very well done. I didn't think it was too spicy. It definitely had great texture due to the tempura bits.

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The dashi tofuThe California on fire
The dashi tofu
The dashi tofu | Source
The California on fire
The California on fire | Source

The Cream Puff

At the end of the meal, we were given free dessert—a small cream puff for each of us. It was delightful. It had just the right amount of creaminess and sweetness. What a great way to end a meal!

The Service

We were served by a young waitress. She answered our questions about the menu, took our orders, and brought us our drinks and food. She was very pleasant and served us with a smile. We didn't have to wait too long for our food. Overall, the service was friendly and efficient.

The Washrooms

The state of a restaurant's washroom is often an indication of their cleanliness, upkeep and attention to detail. I used their washroom during our visit. The washroom was quite large and airy. It was clean and well-stocked. I was pleased with their washroom.

The washroom
The washroom | Source

Health Inspection

The local Health Unit does regular health inspections of food facilities and post the results on their website. I visited their site to see how Kenko did on their most recent inspection. They were last inspected on April 16, 2019. They incurred two critical and three non-critical violations, all of which were repeat infractions. The two critical offences were 1) using a handwashing station for purposes other than handwashing and 2) failure to protect food from contamination or adulteration. They have quite a record of health violations in the past as well. I'm fairly concerned that they continue to do so poorly on their health inspections.

Location of Kenko Sushi

A
743 Bayridge Dr, Kingston, Ontario:
743 Bayridge Dr, Kingston, ON K7P 2P2, Canada

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        Simon Lam 

        9 months ago

        Hi Mary!

        Thanks for your comment! The food does look good and tastes really good too!

        Take care!

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        Mary Norton 

        9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        The pictures of food look really good. I will have this in mind when I go through Kingston next time.

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