Located in downtown Kansas City, Drunken Fish is a modern sushi lounge offering handmade rolls, exotic cocktails and a variety of food of the Japanese/Chinese/American persuasion. As with any hip sushi restaurant, rest assured there is dark lighting and pounding techno music.
Drunken Fish is notorious for having slow service and they lived up to their reputation the night I was there. Just to give you an idea, I’ve created a timeline of my experience (actual times may vary).
8:00 p.m. Arrived at Drunken Fish with my appetite in tow. I notice there are several open tables. The hostess says our party of four will be seated shortly.
8:30 p.m. I’ve consumed one glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Still waiting to be seated. Still several open tables.
8:35 p.m. Due to growing starvation, our party orders an appetizer at the bar.
8:40 p.m. Hallelujah we are seated.
9:00 p.m. We still have not received our appetizer and our food order has yet to be taken.
9:15 p.m The Steak Yakitori appetizer arrives and our dinner order is taken.
9:35 p.m. The manager comes to our table and apologizes for the delay of food.
10:00 p.m. Dinner arrives. I ordered the Mango Roll.
The Mango Roll was very good. It included crab, mango and avocado topped with tuna, salmon, spicy mayo and eel sauce.
10:30 p.m. When you’re at a restaurant for 2.5 hours you might as well pull out the sleeping bag and go for dessert. I had the Chocolate Mochi.
The dessert wasn’t fabulous, I didn’t like the rice pastry that encased the chocolate ice cream. It reminded me of eating that weird red stuff that’s on the outside of bologna.
Bottom line: Drunken Fish’s food is decent, the service is slooooooowwww and you can get similar food, quicker, at Kona Grill.