Restaurant Revamp

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When you think of Kanki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi – a Triangle staple since 1972 – your mind might go straight to the excitement and flair of hibachi chefs, entertainingly crafting a meal before your eyes. (Raise your hand if the onion volcano is your favorite!)

Indeed, hibachi is a large part of the restaurant – the Durham location, opened in 2001, has 20 tables that can serve up to 200 guests. It’s popularity is in part due to economics: You essentially order a multi-course meal, with a salad, soup, rice, veggies and sauces* in addition to your main entrée, for about $20 for dinner for one or $40 for dinner for two – an enticing offer, compounded by the tasty flavors and fun performance. But there’s more to Kanki, including a seasonal menu rotation with new appetizers, sushi and dinner specials. Beginning Oct. 1, you can order all the recently added menu items below:

Appetizer Specials

Japanese Lollipops

Japanese LollipopsThese grilled lamb chops are marinated overnight in a seven-spice soy sauce.

Seafood Okonomiyaki

okonomiyakiAlso known as a “Japanese pizza,” a term coined by Kanki Director of Operations Gee Dararouksa, this seafood pancake with egg, cabbage, green onions, squid, shrimp and crab comes topped with mayonnaise, a sweet sauce and bonito flakes.

Sushi Roll Specials

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

spicy tunaThis spicy tuna mix is served on crispy sushi rice with eel sauce and avocado, a good combination of texture with the smooth seafood and avocado and chewy rice.

Tamagoyaki Roll

tamagoyakiTamago (Japanese omelet), asparagus, cucumber, kampyo and salmon in a soy bean wrap.

Dinner Specials

Dinner for One

dinner for 1Twelve-ounce rib-eye steak with mushrooms grilled in garlic butter, plus a couple shrimp.

Dinner for Two

dinner for 2Hibachi salmon with a lovely sear and spice level, plus several large, juicy shrimp. *Remember, these meals come with all the aforementioned sides!

Mochi ice creamAnd don’t forget dessert! Traditional Mochi ice cream comes in six flavors: vanilla, strawberry, red adzuki bean, mango, chocolate and green tea.

In addition to the dishes, expertly prepared under the leadership of corporate executive chef Alex Cordova, Durham’s Kanki has recently undergone a massive overhaul in its design and décor, which should be nearing completion in the next couple of weeks. A new entryway, hostess stand, fresh artwork, booth seating and high tables, sushi bar with brightly illuminated backsplash and a patio have all been added to the restaurant, located just off 15-501 on Mt. Moriah Road, across from Patterson Place and easily accessible to both Durham and Chapel Hill residents. Drop by for lunch or dinner soon to see (and taste!) the latest changes.

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