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Kemuri - RWC - Go while the getting is good

bbulkow | Oct 11, 201508:12 PM     4

Holy Nuts, this place is great. It's in a cursed location, it's on the wrong side of town, it probably won't succeed, so get over there before it fails.

The smoked edamame came without us asking, and it's really interesting. You can smell the smoke, unclear if you can taste it. That's the theme of the restaurant, smoke, and many dishes are served with some coals underneath.

We got a smoked chicken thigh special, served over the embers ( not hot ) in a cast iron skillet. The chicken was fatty and tasty, and there was a little bit of bananna leaf with some kind of yuzu paste. Seriously good, I could eat a ton of that, forever. GF's favorite dish.

Karaage was good. Peculiarly, even though this is a common dish, I've never had it. The skin was extra crispy, the inside very tender and juicy. In the better rank of fried chicken, better than the KFC I've had.

Lots of smoked wings on the menu, if you like wings.

Got the smoked pickles. Rather like Martin's West "pot of pickles", but every veg charred lightly and pickled.

Worried about too much of the carbon / smoke taste? My GF is very sensitive, hates that bitter taste, but all the smoked dishes are very sensitively cooked.

Sake collection is very good, at least, I picked one semi-randomly and loved it. The beers in question are fairly well known (hitachino) and a few good west coast beers (there was a meyer lemon session beer that I hadn't seen before, a lost coast half-saison... good stuff).

Several japanese rock-star types who had reserved and were given the golden treatment. The folks behind the bar and behind the grill were mostly japanese with some local help.

Will be great on a warm day. High ceilings, big open doors to the front, outdoor seating.

I put it behind Vesta and slightly ahead of ( the current ) martin's west.

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