One door closes, another opens. Or in the world of Sacramento sushi, one restaurant shuts, another debuts.
Jensai Sushi opened Sunday to a packed house in the Midtown Sacramento space that was the longtime home of Kamon Sushi. After 15 years, the owners of Kamon decided to sell their popular Japanese restaurant and hosted a farewell party Dec. 29. They turned over the keys to the new proprietors by New Year’s Day.
Located at 2210 16th St., Jensai kept some of the familiar Kamon favorites on the menu but also added its own specialties. Among them: Jensai Blue Fire (a torched sushi roll featuring spicy scallop, spicy tuna, jalapeno and cucumber topped with tuna, unagi and tobiko — served on a flame) and Tropical Paradise (a sushi roll with a taste of Hawaii including salmon, avocado and cucumber topped by tuna, mango, pineapple, almonds and tobiko).
“We have a lot of appetizers you don’t normally find at a sushi restaurant,” said manager Jenny Nguyen. “We have hot (chicken) wings, pork buns, chicken lettuce cups. We serve our calamari with a basil dipping sauce. Our ahi tuna salad is quite good.”
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Besides sushi and appetizers, Jensai serves a full menu of Japanese classics such as teriyaki, tempura and sukiyaki. Jensai also offers desserts with a non-traditional twist (at least for a sushi bar) such as fried Gunther’s ice cream and rich chocolate cake.
Chef Sai Dang has more than 15 years experience in Northern California restaurants. He comes to Jensai from Shangri La Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar in Lodi. He promises some exciting food at Jensai.
“We want our customers to experience liveliness in every aspect of the restaurant,” Dang said.