Last updated on December 20th, 2018.
When Aldo first suggested that I review restaurants on my blog, I laughed at the idea and thought “who am I to review restaurants?” But then as I was chatting with my friend Keri I changed my mind. We were talking about satisfying our sushi cravings (does anyone else get those once every few weeks?) and she mentioned that she recently went to Kona Grill and really liked it. This made me think that maybe restaurant reviews aren’t such a bad idea. I am certainly not a professional food critic, but I was glad that someone I knew recommended a happy hour, otherwise I would have never tried this restaurant. I hope that my reviews help you decide to try a new restaurant and try some new things. I’ve never been to Kona Grill because Aldo and I have our favorite tried and true half price sushi place that is nearby and we just never think to go anywhere else for sushi, so I was glad that Keri recommended Kona Grill.
We went to Kona Grill last Friday after work. Our location in Woodbridge, NJ has a happy hour every weekday from 5-7, which was perfect for us. I looked at the other locations on Kona Grill’s website, and it looks like they all have the same happy hour menu with slight variation in times.
The happy hour included some drinks, some half price appetizers and sushi. We didn’t get any drinks because we were going out later for a friend’s birthday and didn’t want to drink twice in one night (like I said, we’re getting OLD), but we ordered four items off the happy hour food menu and were pretty happy with them all.
One thing I knew I wanted to try after talking to Keri were the Ahi Wonton Crisps – seared Ahi tuna on crispy fried wonton crackers, topped with a wasabi aioli. These did not disappoint. I probably could have made a whole meal out of those. (Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures, I will be more prepared next time)
The other thing that was very intriguing was the apple + brie flatbread. The flatbread was almost crispy and just slightly sweet, and it was topped with red onion jam, figs, toasted walnuts, thin baked apple slices, and brie. The flavor combination was really good, but I felt like they were missing something. There was a bit too much flatbread to everything else ratio. The second I bit into it I thought “wow this is an awesome idea. I bet I can make this better.” And I went and bought dried figs immediately after our dinner. Stay tuned 🙂
We ordered 2 sushi rolls off the menu. Now, I normally don’t care for crab in my sushi, so I am not sure how it happened, but both of the rolls we ordered had crab. We got a california roll and a bama roll. But I gotta say I was very pleasantly surprised. Any roll I’ve had with crab has always been disappointing and a bit dry, but these were both very good. The bama roll was naturally better, since it had tuna, cream cheese, jalapeno, etc. But both rolls were devoured fast.
While we were eating, I kept seeing the waitstaff bring around plates of food to other tables, and I thought they all looked really good. The sliders looked delicious and each was almost the size of a normal burger. And I accidentally creeped out one girl because I kept watching her eat potstickers because they just looked so dang good.
The service at Kona Grill was just okay. It was really busy so it did take a while for them to take our order, but we were not in a rush. I bet if we ordered a drink instead of water (we are so lame), we wouldn’t have noticed the time pass by. The atmosphere at the place was pretty great. The happy hour is only for the patio seats, so it was nice to sit outside. The people there were a mix of some after-work folks and some ready-to-go-out crowd, which was perfect for people watching.
I will definitely be coming back to Kona Grill to try some of the other things on the menu – potstickers, avocado eggrolls, more 1/2 price sushi, and next time a Cosmo!