Looking for a restaurant to cozy up to this Fall? Love ramyun and sushi? Kanji, a Korean Cuisine restaurant, I have been drawn to for the past couple of weeks, has captured my heart. Kanji is owned by Inho Cha, and is located in the heart of Findlay Market ( specifically OTR ) in Cincinnati, 0hio, the flavors that accompany the beauty of the dishes, more than highlights Kanji’s take on Korean classics. As soon as we walked into the restaurant, the decor, sushi bar to my left, bar to the right, large windows overlooking the hustle and bustle of Findlay market, live music outside, shops nearby, and with an amazing aroma not to be ignored,I knew we were in for a treat. My husband, Franz, was along for the eating quest to Kangi, and ready to try all the eats. Franz is a self proclaimed ramen connoisseur, and he is pretty serious about his noodles and broth. Franz, prior to living in Covington, Kentucky, lived in L.A. for over ten years, where his love of authentic tacos and ramen, that matches mine, truly began. When heading into Kangi, each table in the restaurant is more than gorgeous to dine at, but my favorite table is to the right of the door directly by the windows. I also cannot wait until it starts getting colder outside, as a streetcar and a stroll to Kanji in the snow, with ramen and hot wasabi shumai waiting for us at the end, sounds more than wonderful.
Let’s talk about my favorite appetizer in the city right now, Kanji’s wasabi shumai (pictured at the very top of this post). These six steamed pork dumplings in a wasabi wrap and drizzled in ponzu sauce, are the perfect boom of spice. I could honestly eat about 12 of these beautiful delights, so don’t feel ashamed for ordering two orders of this damn good tiny package of heat and meat. One of my favorite dishes at Kanji right now is their Dolsot Bibimbap (pictured below) with carrots, soybean sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, spinach, fried egg on top of a crispy bed of rice in a hot stone bowl with Marinated Beef purely had me in bliss. The presentation mixed with the tastes, completely won be over. This dish is definitely apart of the Kanji experience.
Another dish, Chefs Mr. Lee, Thanh Nguyen, and Letixia Cabrera have mastered that we need to talk about is Kanji’s Ramyun, which as of right now I am definitely stamping as the BEST ramyun in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their Korean-style ramen noodles and egg, in a spicy broth, with three added dumplings, really has the ability to livin’ you up, make you feel like a person again, and with each sip and slurp, you enjoy different flavors. This ramyun, I swear has magical powers, whether it’s the ingredients, or the soul that goes into making it, the recipe and energy involved in the creation of the ramen, brings in fact more than joy to the soul, and Franz said “joy to his belly too”.
Another delicious and gorgeous dish at Kanji, is the sizzling Choonchun Chicken. A stir fried, marinated chicken, with sweet potatoes, onions, green onion, carrots, sweet and spicy flavors and a rice cake – pictured at the top. We can’t wait to go back and try more dishes! We absolutely have to order the sushi, with Sushi Chefs, Juan Cabrera and Hankil Cho creating just as delicious sushi. My top picks for the next time we go are the Juanito Roll – Shrimp Tempura, Spicy crab, avocado, spicy tuna, yellowtail, and jalapeño on top with spicy mayo and eel sauce and the Santa Monica Roll- Avocado, cucumber, crab stick, topped with spicy tuna, eel sauce, spicy mayo, tempura flakes, did I mention Kanji is also half priced sushi everyday for dine in and carryout. Enjoy and you will definitely see me there.
1739 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tuesday — Sunday
11am — 10pm
(513) 873-8350 –