Rice is a staple of Japanese culture, forming the base of sushi rolls, paper, and snowmen during July. Nibble a cultural icon with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese fare at Kenro’s.
Sushi-chef and restaurateur Kenro brings more than 30 specialty sushi rolls to his namesake eatery’s menu of Japanese cuisine. Guest can scoot up to the sushi bar or don binoculars at a dining room table to observe the master roller at work as he concocts tasty unagi morsels with fresh water eel ($4.50), tiger rolls from fresh calamari ($8.95), and Tsunami rolls teeming with golden tempura and salmon ($10.95). Teriyaki-sauce-drenched new york steak rests atop a mound of fluffy white rice in the beef donburi ($8.95), and thick udon noodles entangle succulent chicken ($7.95) or shrimp and shitake mushrooms ($12.95). A pot of yosenabe ($15.95) simmers fish, chicken, and tofu in a steaming broth, perfect for warming winter chills and removing tongues from telephone poles.
Figurines of Japanese geishas grace the white walls of Kenro’s dining room, overlooking orchids and light wooden tables. A rectangular sushi bar seats patrons beneath a vibrant red and blue ceiling and within tongue’s reach of the expert chef.
When sushi chef Kenro-San moved to America in the 1970s, he toted along his sushi-rolling acumen and a veteran's flair for traditional Japanese delicacies. Now, behind a marble, L-shaped sushi bar, his agile hands interlace yellowtail, unagi, and Spanish mackerel with crunchy cucumbers and avocados, creating fresh nigiri and robust maki rolls. The dining room's suspended lamps cast light upon Japanese figurines and paintings, and illuminate Kenro-San's thinly sliced beef dishes, crispy tempuras, and soba-noodle soups, the latter of which are comforting enough to console an uprooted weeping willow.