The flip of a coin quite fairly represents your chances of getting either a charming, satisfying, fresh and quite tasty meal or a dull, lifeless one.
My girlfriend and I have eaten at Kimono about twenty-five times in the last year or so. That’s not out of any particular affinity for the place – it’s just close and it’s unlikely that you’re ever going to be disgraced by any outstandingly bad service or bad food.
There are two very different chefs at Kimono. One of my favourite dishes used to be the curry – particularly the chicken and the Kimono special (chicken with seafood) – until it changed completely from a pleasant, thin sauce (almost a soup) to an over-thick, salty, paste-like affair which is a bit of a chore to eat.
I’ve since taken a fancy to their udon (a big bowl of hot soup) which, although arguably difficult to make a mess of, is very fresh and very pleasant. It’s also very cheap at about $7.
Their rolls, in our experience, have been terrific. They’re fresh and flavourful, though I would urge a spider roll-lover to try Asahi-Ya. The sashimi is respectable, though nothing to sing to the heavens about. It’s fresh and they have a good variety of the rarer fish.
The drinks are very good and great value – particularly their own cocktails, which my girlfriend loves! I stick to the hot sake, which is pleasant from the first bottle and gets better for as long as you can drink it.
Finally the service – there is one particular older gent who Kimono regulars will be familiar with. If you avoid him, your service will be enthusiastic but not overbearing, helpful and not silly, and it will be presented with a smiling, pretty face.