Ruthless Reviewer and Lovely Lisa visited Kenji restaurant recently and found that Kenji is a modern Japanese restaurant with an Australian twist meaning the restaurant isn’t just about seaweed and raw fish!
Prices for the entrees range from $16.50 to $19.00 and there were also some specials to choose from such as rack of Goat and Tuna with salt and pepper squid. The Tuna was topped with a miso bisque which was very nice and was great for Ruthless to dip his squid into as well, which was perfectly tender. The Tuna and salt and pepper squid was gluten free*. For entree, Lisa had the Coffin Bay Oysters cooked three ways. There were six in a serve and they came crumbed in Panko with dill sauce, with Sweet soy and Yuzu chilli vinegar and lastly with warm Dashi Bendo with Wasabi Tobiko.
Coffin Bay Oysters cooked three ways
Mains are from $26.00 to $37.00 and although there wasn’t a large selection of gluten free food on the menu Lisa and Ruthless found the staff to be very friendly and happy to accommodate. For his main Ruthless had the Wagyu Sirloin Steak (minus the potato and leek gratin *) with sautéed enoki, mixed tomato salad and teriyaki jus. The meat was cooked to perfection and was the standout of the evening. Lisa had the Shokado Bento which she found to be much better than any other one she has tried. The Bento box is served with miso soup, a combination of sashimi and sushi rolls, soft shell crab and prawns with tempura batter plus a cutlet of snapper with spinach, miso and sesame sauce.
Kenji also have a dessert range that reportedly looked to die for but has yet to be tasted by the keen reviewers. They will be going back soon to try the Chestnut Panna Cotta with poached Satsuma Plum & Almond Filo pastry, Banana & Chocolate soufflé or the Fig and Walnut Warm Pudding with poached quince and cream. Yes, I cannot wait to hear about their dessert – Kenji sounds amazing.
Overall the food and service was reportedly excellent but be prepared to book in advance.
I personally cannot wait to hear about the desserts plus try their Slow Cooked Barossa Pork Belly with steamed gyoza dumpling, crispy pork skin, green apple and kim chi salad. My two current favourite things Gyoza and Pork belly in the one dish…Someone please go there, taste for me and tell me how it is!
*Note: Ruthless has coeliac disease so all the Adelaide Reviews you find on Coz She Likes To Eat will be great for people who suffer from the disease and need ideas on where to eat out.
Where: Shop 5 242 Hutt St, Adelaide 5000 SA, Phone: (08) 8232 0944
Reviewed by Ruthless Reviewer and Lovely Lisa