I love the large wooden door at the entrance of Kura Japanese on Kingsway… it reminds me of the doors that you’d find at a Hobbit tavern in Middle Earth.
Kura has an extensive menu with plenty of pictures to show you what you’re getting. The only problem with this is that we always have trouble deciding on what to have because there are so many choices.
We decided to start out with their signature Kura Roll which includes salmon, tuna, shrimp, and crab… it’s basically a California roll on steroids. The roll was well made – I like how there wasn’t too much rice. I also appreciate that they don’t use artifically-coloured pickled ginger – I think the natural pale yellow ginger actually tastes better.
The Deep Fried Oysters were a bit on the small size but they were very juicy and flavourful and came served with a small salad.
Our Oyako Don (chicken, egg, and onions) was very tasty. At first, we thought that we had ordered enough food that we’d have leftovers but the food tasted so good that we devoured the whole bowl.
When I was younger, I never liked Zaru Soba noodles – I just found it odd to eat cold noodles. Now, I find the cold buckwheat noodles to be very light and refreshing. The soba at Kura was cooked “al dente” with a bit of a bite to it.
Our zaru soba also came with carrot, yam, eggplant, and squash tempura and 2 prawn tempura. Most Japanese restaurants have a thick tempura batter that I usually peel off before eating but Kura’s tempura batter is very light and I was able to enjoy the tempura without having to scrape off excess batter.
Every dish seemed to be prepared very well… including the pan fried Gyoza. The skin had the perfect crisp while still retaining the juiciness of the filling.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5