Top 4 Reasons Why @Kankirestaurant in #Durham #NC is the “Best Tasting Show In Town” #kankirestaurant #SobeSavvyEats

Hey guys! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was filled with foodie fun because I had an exciting opportunity to try a restaurant and share about my experience with you! recently was invited to a tasting experience at Kanki Sushi and Japanese Steakhouse Durham, which just happened to coincide with my mom’s visit to the Triangle to celebrate her 64th birthday. I decided to combine some work with pleasure and treat the whole family!

From the moment we stepped inside of Kanki Durham, I could tell by the crowd that this was a popular place. They do not take reservations or hold seats, so make sure your whole party is there if requesting to sit at a hibachi table for dinner. If you’re not familiar with hibachi,it’s where the chef prepares your meal right before your eyes. After dining at Kanki Durham on Saturday, I liked to share with you my Top 4 Reasons Why Kanki Durham is The “Best Tasting Show in Town”:

1. Cozy & Beautiful Decor

If you’ve ever been to Kanki at Crabtree and Kanki off of Wake Forest Road, then you are familiar with the delicious menu. This location offers same menu but has a different feel than the other locations. From the beautiful stain glass decor, the aquarium, the lovely bar area and their cozy dining room, this restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner and a show.

2. Entertaining & Fun

#outandaboutAva is amazed by the hibachi Chef at Kanki Durham, the “Best Tasting Show in Town” | Photo Credit:

Our hibachi chef, Ricky was entertaining and showed special attention to my 6 yr old. She loved the food “show”. Chef Ricky did a myriad of delightful tricks that kept a smile on her face. She loved the “egg roll” the best! Watch this video to see a bit more of the action. It was so fun and entertaining to everyone young and old!

3. Flavorful & Fresh

If you like Japanese cuisine that’s flavorful and fresh, Kanki Durham‘s menu offers a great variety. The delicious menu is full of fresh sushi options, yummy appetizers and of course their well-known hibachi. Hibachi is what we wanted and hibachi is what we got. We started with a few appetizers of Gyoza pork steamed dumplings and also their lamb chops, which I plan to get everytime I visit. The lamb chops were so good they disappeared quickly before I could get a food pic! However, check out the Gyoza appetizer which comes 6 to an order and is perfect for sharing!

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In addition to hibachi, Kanki Durham also has superb sushi choices. I ordered the sashimi sampler. It was fresh and delicious. My family ordered a classic chicken and steak, Ribeye and scallop and a Emperor‘s delight. Most hibachi entrees come with soup, salad and grilled shrimp prior to the main meal. Also there are a choice of two sauces to enjoy with your dishes. You’ll want to put the WHITE SAUCE on everything by the time you leave Kanki Durham! They have a great kids menu as well.

4. Family Friendly

When planning a family dinner, there are very few places as memorable as Kanki Durham. If you are looking for place to handle a big party, Kanki’s hibachi tables seat 9 people. We were a party of 5 so it was a communal affair with our other friendly table guests who were also celebrating a birthday! Our waitress made sure to ask if anyone was celebrating a special occassion. At the end of the meal, a traditional Japanese drummer appeared. He banged out their version of happy birthday to my mom’s delight. They gave her a sherbet with a candle. A sweet ending to a memorable night!

Thank you Kanki Durham for the invite and gift card for dinner for 2 to use towards my meal. In my opinion, your motto of being the “Best Tasting Show in Town” fits this restaurant well! The next time you are in Durham, make sure you dine here. Per my mom, it was “the best meal she has had all year”!


Kanki Durham
3504 Mt. Moriah Road

Facebook: @KankiOfficialPage

Instagram/Twitter: @kankirestaurant

24 thoughts on “Top 4 Reasons Why @Kankirestaurant in #Durham #NC is the “Best Tasting Show In Town” #kankirestaurant #SobeSavvyEats

  1. K Massey says:

    Glad that your family had such a fun time! I have had the pleasure of going to both Raleigh locations, so will definitely have to try out the Durham spot! Great spot for business and pleasure; I can definitely say from experience that it can make those stuffy business luncheons more interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. We have a few places like this in Chicago. They are great spot to go to for family or when getting to know new friends. And the food is always awesome.

  3. I am such a huge foodie! I love to have a wonderful dining experience all the time. I have never been to Kanki Durham . We have quite a few hibachi restaurants in Atlanta, and I love the atmosphere when it comes to hibachi!

    • SobeSavvy says:

      I have never seen a hibachi place with lamb chops on the menu. The ones here were so good that I am still thinking about this foodie experience.

  4. Sharon Ray says:

    As an avid follower of SOBESAVVY, I make it a point to try out a featured restaurant when visiting. This one was the BEST so far! From the appetizers, to the entrees, and desserts it was totally awesome! I will return!

    • SobeSavvy says:

      EVERYTHING! Lol sound like my cousin. It was her first experience. I love enjoying Kanki with newbies.

    • SobeSavvy says:

      It was so much fun. The most memorable thing I ate was the lamb chops. Amazing flavor and so tender.

  5. I absolutely LOVE Japanese steak houses! That decor is beautiful! I love fish tanks too! The food looks good…. I’m a huge sushi lover! Will have to check it out when in NC.

    • SobeSavvy says:

      I have to agree..Japanese steak houses offer some of the best dining experiences. Kanki gets both sushi and hibachi right!

  6. These are my favorite places to go when we have a family dinner. We always end up seated with some fun strangers and its a lot of fun. Plus good food!

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