Disney Dining Review: Kimonos

Kimonos is a sushi and karaoke bar located in the Swan side of the Swan and Dolphin resort in the Boardwalk area of Disney property. Kimonos is open for dinner at 5pm and karaoke starts at 9pm. I called prior to our trip to Disney, but was told that reservations are not taken. Note that Kimonos does not accept Disney room charges, the Disney Dining Plan, or Disney Gift Cards.

Warm wood tones, dark furniture and hanging paper lanterns invite you into what at first looks like a small restaurant. There is a sushi bar to your left with a few chairs and the modest karaoke stage is to the right. Tables in the center of the room can be pushed together for larger parties and smaller tables line the inner walls. Once you are inside the restaurant you notice there is also seating along the outer walls, an area separated from the center of the room by colorful Kimonos hung from the ceiling. This outer area has more tables and some comfortable couch seating. The bar is at the very back of the restaurant.

We asked our server, Megan, for recommendations for dinner and she didn’t steer us wrong. We started with the Filled Eggplant appetizer, a crab and chicken combination rolled in thinly sliced eggplant and tempura-fried. Very yummy! She also suggested the Lobster Salad Roll, a tasty mix of lobster, fried grouper and wasabi caviar and the Bonzai roll with spicy tuna, avocado and topped with eel. The flavors in this were wonderful, but unfortunately there were some bones in the eel. We also had a couple of pieces of yellowtail nigiri, because well, it’s my favorite and always just melts in your mouth.

Another great thing about this restaurant was the drink menu. Being the martini-lover that I am, I had to try the Cool Cucumber Saketini, a delicious mix of vanilla vodka, sake, a hint of rock candy syrup, and fresh muddled cucumber. I wasn’t sure exactly what that last ingredient meant, but I never thought that a cucumber martini could taste so good. But, here is the best thing about their wine list – they actually carried a wine from the New York Finger Lakes! We live in the Finger Lakes region and are big supporters of NY State wine, so to find one on a menu out of New York State is a wonderful thing. If you try Kimonos, I highly recommend a glass of Heron Hill Semi Dry Riesling, it would be a perfect complement to their food.

It didn’t seem like it would be a lot of food, but we were quite full. (The rolls were pretty big.) Megan tried to persuade us to have a few more drinks and stick around for the karaoke, but we politely declined. We thanked her for her humorous and attentive service and thanked the sushi chefs for a delightful meal on our way out. Since this was the first night of our vacation, my fortune cookie fortune was pretty appropriate: “Happier days are definitely ahead for you.”

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