Restaurant of the Week: King Kong Sushi

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King Kong Sushi, 300 N. Indian Hill Blvd. (at Bonita), Claremont

King Kong Sushi opened last fall in the Village, in the expansive corner slot with the tower-like roof that formerly housed Kinya, another Japanese restaurant. (When it was built in the 1990s, the original tenant was Koo Koo Roo; later came a Chinese restaurant.)

The name King Kong Sushi was not promising, making me think of low-end party sushi. And in truth, the food was merely okay. We had the Super Albacore Roll ($9), which was too spicy, overwhelming the taste of the fish, and acceptable fatty yellowtail ($5) and salmon sushi ($3.50).

The menu does have some creative-sounding items, such as rolls with rice paper or without rice. But it also has Korean food.

Service was friendly and the interior has been freshened up with white paint and tile. The food is less expensive than Kazama Sushi two blocks away and King Kong may become a favorite of the college crowd. (Although a Claremont McKenna review only recommends the alcohol.)

I may go back, but personally, for sushi in Claremont I prefer Kazama and Hayato.

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  • shirley wofford

    I was first introduced to Koo Koo Roo in the 90′s when I was traveling to downtown LA, every Friday, on the Metrolink. It had a great Chinese Chicken Salad, Ten-vegetable soup, which was delicious when they had it, and Macaroni & Cheese to die for. They also had fresh roasted turkey, with all the fixins, daily. I was happy when it opened in Claremont. I guess people in the area never warmed up to Koo Koo Roo, and then I regretted when it closed down in Claremont, and a Chinese fast food place followed, in that location. At least I was self-consoled that I could still go to Koo Koo Roo in LA. But, to add insult to injury, the LA Koo Koo Roo was a victim of the great economic crisis, and it is now gone too. What a loss!

    I have never been able to bring myself to participate in the custom of eating fish raw. It gives me chills to think about it. Anyway, I hope the new Sushi place will have better luck than Koo Koo Roo and the Chinese place had.