Food Porn: Kuni’s

Japanese food, especially sushi and rolls, is by far one of my favorite cuisines.  I love the fresh, light taste of the delicately seasoned raw fish and I can’t get enough of it.  When I crave it  the only place I go in Buffalo is Kuni’s.    Kuni’s is a small restaurant with a unique atmosphere on Lexington Ave.  At first it might seem like a strange location, but near the likes of Left Bank and Prime 490, the area is growing into one of the better restaurant areas in Buffalo (and to be honest it’s probably my favorite).  Every time I have been to Kuni’s the food has been excellent, the drinks have been superb and the service has been fantastic and my most recent time was certainly no different.

To start of the meal, my girlfriend and I decided on a glass of wine from their great (and mostly local) selection.  I went with Glenora Riesling, which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys an easy drinking white wine, and Erica went with her standard Pinot Noir.  After getting our drinks we each elected to start with a bowl of Miso soup.

Miso Soup

If you aren’t familiar with the Japanese staple, Miso is served before almost every meal.  It is a soup that is made with soy paste and generally is a very light broth with chunks of tofo and sliced scallions.  I acquired a love for it on my journey to Tokyo a few years back where I think I had it at least once at every meal.  Kuni’s Miso is simple, yet very tasty and a great way to start the meal.  The slightly salty and light broth prepared our palates for a seafood filled dinner.

For our meal we decided to split the Large Combo ($21) which contained 10 random pieces of sushi and one random sushi roll, all chosen by the chef to ensure the freshest and most flavorful experience.  I would recommend the combos at Kuni’s to anyone because of the great selection but especially for a newcomer to sushi and raw Japanese cuisine.  It allows the chef to chose what you may like and gives you a great opportunity to taste test all of the fantastic options.

Cheg's choice large combo.

Our combo included a tuna roll, a macarole piece, a tuna piece, a spicy tuna piece, a salmon piece, a tofu piece, a shrimp piece, a scallop piece and a roe piece.  My personal favorites were the Tofo piece, the Roe piece and the Spicy Tuna piece.  The Tofo was marinated in a very flavorful teriyaki style sauce and was perfectly salty and sweet.  The Roe piece (fish eggs) is an experience every time.  You most likely will either love the roe, or hate the roe and it will most likely hinge on how you can deal with the texture.  The little pearls of happiness pop between your teeth and spurts out a fishy, salty jelly that is packed with great flavor.  Finally, you can never go wrong with the Spicy Tuna roll.  Tuna translates to raw preparation so well and its heartiness can stand up to the spicy sauce.  If you have never loved a piece of sushi I would bet that you never have had a spicy tuna piece that was properly prepared.

Once again my trip to Kuni’s did not disappoint.  Their menu can accommodate almost anyone’s taste buds and appetites.  The service is great, the wine is great and the food is even better.  In my opinion, Kuni’s is the best sushi place in WNY (and certainly NOT the most expensive).  Give Kuni’s a try and I’m sure you will become a regular as I have.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Kuni’s

  1. Doug

    im a little shaky on seafoods and sushi, but when at Fuji Grill 2 (by McKinley Mall) i ordered some of their Tom Yum soup. It was delicious. If ya dont know what it is, its a famous Thai hot/spicy soup with shrimp and scallops.

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