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Sep 1, 2007 08:22 PM

Any good sushi recommendations in KC area?

I moved from South Florida to Overland Park, Kansas over six months ago. Boy do I miss good diversity! Recommendations would be highly appreciated! Places I've tried so far and my thoughts:
(the quality of fish is definately not as good as where I am from, then again, there doesn't seem to be as many sushi places here, in Florida we actually have better quality fish at our sushi buffets :/ )
Sakura: They have this train that goes around and there are pieces of rolls and sushi on plates that you take off and they charge you according to the color of the plate. The fish quality is so/so, but doable,not much variety in rolls though. I have to say it satisfies a sushi craving, but not a place i'd rave about.
Sushi Gin: Better roll selection, and they have these $1 sushi specials, better than Sakura, but the food comes out pretty slow paced. The fish quality is pretty decent.
Sushi House: is one of the better sushi places i've been to so far. The fish quality better than the other 2 places I've gone to so far and have some different appetizers.

Someone recommended Jun's, went there on Sunday and they were closed, will try it next. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Try Kaiyo when you have a chance. I find the food to be consistent and tasty.

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    1. re: jm054

      Thanks! Looked it up online is this the location ?
      4308 W 119th St
      Leawood, KS 66209

        1. re: jm054

          Went there for dinner last night and it was the best sushi I've had since I've moved to Kansas. Thanks!

          1. re: emakaroni1

            Does Kaiyo have the sushi on little plates on the little conveyor belt? I have a family friend visiting who does not read English. He can identify the fish on the plates, bypassing the need to read the menu. Or does anyone know if Kaiyo have a menu in Chinese or Japanese? I am not too crazy about the idea of going all the way to Sakura just for so-so sushi on a conveyor belt.

            The last time my mom visited KC, she was CONVINCED that I took her to a buffet type restaurant with some kind of all you can eat sushi bar in the back. I have no idea what restaurant she is talking. The only restaurant I can think of that might come close is one in Lawrence, some kind of BD Mongolian BBQ. Could this be the one? I can't imagine going all the way to Lawrence to take my mom to a place like that. Does anyone have any ideas for all you can eat sushi?

            1. re: vsoy

              At Kaiyo, I believe Karen Ming speaks some dialect of Chinese, not sure which one. Give them a call (913-663-1663) and inquire, because if they don't have a Chinese or Japanese language menu, I bet they can make some accomodation. Ask for Karen or David when you call.

              I've not seen all you can eat sushi in the metro, and I've not been to Lawrence for sushi except once years ago at the place on Mass (was underwhelmed), so I can't help on that one. I hope your mom has a good trip!

      1. re: jm054

        We tried Kaiyo last night. The sushi was delicious, slightly better than Sushi House. The atmosphere was really relaxed so we enjoyed the dinner without the crowd or hype.

        1. re: jm054

          I've been to Kaiyo several times, and really like the sashimi.

          Yesterday, I had the sashimi lunch, and I thought it was a steal at $13

          I also like Jun's, but, find it a little pricey.

          I've been to Kyoto a few times. It seems decent enough - good bang for the buck. I'm not always in the mood for the loud teppanyaki shows.

        2. Hi. I am biased toward KCMO for diversity, but that said I second the recommendation of Jun's. It is easily the best Sushi in Kansas City. Sit at the bar on Thrs., Fri. or Sat. and let John or Gao take care of you.

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          1. re: ms8zz

            Thanks for the tip, I'll ask for John or Gao at the sushi bar!

            1. re: ms8zz

              Jun's is absolutely amazing. their Ika fry is deliciously tender!

              1. re: ms8zz

                You haven't lived until you've had the "Kevin Salad" at Jun's. Yes, it's called the Kevin salad, I know. But believe me, there is life before Kevin Salad, then life after Kevin Salad. You are now privy to this secret, use it wisely. ;)

              2. I would reccomend Nara in the Crossroads, I had some last week that was pretty good.

                1. Question about Sushi Gin. I've looked at their roll menu a couple of times and have noticed that something called a 'crab stick' is commonly used. What is a crab stick? Is it deep fried imitation crab? I've thought about take out a couple of times from Sushi Gin, but the term crab stick has always turned me off.

                  I'm still new to KC so I'm far from comprehensive in my knowledge of the local Sushi, but I've found Friends Sushi and Bentos on West 39th to be decent. I'm at the med center so it's the obvious choice for lunch or a quick bite after work.

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                  1. re: pollymerase

                    Crab stick should be imitation crab meat made from fish.

                    1. re: emakaroni1

                      Exactly what I feared. Bummer. Thanks for the tip.

                  2. I used to frequent Sakura (I'm pregnant now, so I don't get my sushi fix at all!) I agree w/ your review. Although, I found it to be one of the better estab's in the Shawnee/ Lenexa area for sushi. I have also tried Sushi Gin. Not overly-impressed, but would definitely return if the opportunity presented itself. I am a huge fan though of KYOTO. Located at 135th/ Metcalf. They serve up some of the best sushi I have tried in the KC area. I visited San Fran over the summer, and nothing will compare to We B Sushi located in the Spanish district. Very fresh. In Kansas City, I would give my best recommendation to Kyoto. They have an excellent steakhouse as well.

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                    1. re: FergMePleez

                      When I was also of the pregnant persuasion I did some serious sushi research. Turns out you *can* eat cooked sushi (california rolls, Unagi, Ebi, Soft shell crab roll, etc...) if you are so inclined.

                      And Kaiyo has a grill just for the Unagi. It's amazing!!!