Kinemi's Kitchen is a casual family dining room serving Italian comfort food. Kinemi's Kitchen is closed the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
At first, I was a little skeptical - most restaurants don't last long at this location and I wondered about the little place with the Japanese sounding name that specialized in Italian food...
I learned that the proprietor use to be a chef at La Piazza (the very good Italian Restaurant at the Italian Community Center just off Grandview Hwy and Slocan). I was very intrigued...
I visited with my friend and our 4 year old daughters. The girls had the children's menu special - spaghetti and meatballs for $5.00. I had the smoked salmon, apple and fennel salad and my friend had the beet root salad. We also had sides of foccacia bread and garlic bread.
I'll start with the negatives: The garlic bread's topping was good buttery and garlicky. However, it was made with what looked like slices of wonderbread!!! This should have been made with Italian bread. I would not order this again.
The only other quibble was that the 4 year olds were served last - generally speaking - the food for little kids should be served first - the girls were behaving and everything - but they are more apt to get restless than the grownups - it would make sense to get them settled with their lunch and then serve the adults.
As for the salads - mine was certainly delicious. It was made with good quality ingredients, well presented and just plain tasty. I thought the price point ($8.00) was very reasonable.
The foccacia bread was a generous portion and came with balsamic vinegar and sundried tomato oil. My friend reported that it was good. I would order this instead of the garlic bread.
The girls pasta was very tasty, the pasta done al dente. The tomato sauce was very nice and there were several tasty little meatballs - Chef-Boy-R-Dee this most certainly wasn't. It was good food and good value.
I am interested in returning and trying one of their main course entrees. I am told that they are very good, with excellent vegetable sides.
With a little extra in the way of decor (e.g. some plants, window treatment, etc to improve the ambiance a little) and correction of the garlic bread issue - this would be a wonderful little gem in the neighbourhood.
This place was a whole in the wall with a hand full of tables. I heard a lot of great things about it, and worried about not getting a table. Was there at 5:30 and it wasn't a problem.
The dinner for 2 for $22 was a great deal. A choice of pizza and pasta on the menu, with a ceasar salad and garlic toast. The ceasar salad was good, and the garlic toast was topped with a little bit of dill, which was a good touch. The pizza of choice was Chicken Pesto Pizza was sooo....good, loved the crust, made by scratch. The spaghetti with meatballs was good as well. Meatballs made by scratch.
The crab cake looked really good, with lots of crab. People at the next table had the Linguine with prawns in white wine sauce. Looked amazing!
Very tasty experience!