A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I found ourselves with a night out. Do to crazy schedules, we procrastinated on planning. When we finally made reservations, we looked at our options and ended up choosing Kona Grill. Kona has been on our list for awhile, so we thought that it would give it a try. When opportunity arises--seize it, right?
Admittedly, I did not research before going to Kona. I thought that it was going to be a steak house (á la Kona beef). I was definitely surprised when I opened the menu. For starters, there was an entire page dedicated to sushi--I was set! But, the choices did not end there. The menu was unexpectedly large and included many Hawaiian-inspired dishes as well as a healthy smattering of more general American fare. So, there really was something for everyone.
For my dinner, I opted to start with the seaweed salad. To my delight, the salad was not as sweet as others that I have had. Now, I do like a sweet treat here and there. However, I am not a total sweet fan. So, it was nice that Kona Grill held off on the sweet. Plus, I received a healthy portion---nice!
I followed my seaweed salad with two sushi rolls--the fiery shrimp roll and the vegetarian roll. The fiery shrimp roll had a nice kick to it! The vegetarian roll had a nice veggie mix-asparagus, avocado, sprouts, cucumber and yamagobo. Yes--yamagobo, which is carrot like. I loved the veggie roll because the veggies were high quality and went well with my obsession--wasabi!
My husband opted for the pulled-pork sliders. He enjoyed the flavor and was happy that each slider was covered with an ample amount of slaw. As you can see, the slaw was of a fresh quality--not shriveled like some other places!
The Kona we visited was pretty lively--a fun atmosphere. I am not sure that we would go again for another date night--we prefer something a little more sophisticated. However, we enjoyed the food. Since the menu was huge, I think it would be a good place to bring my daughter. She would definitely find something on the menu! I would recommend Kona Grill as a place to go with the family. With an ample menu, your are sure to find something that suits your tastes at Kona.
Kona Grill is a national chain. Locations in the Chicagoland area are in Lincolnshire and Oak Brook.
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.