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What: King Kong Sushi Where: 1306 Celebrity Circle #163-C, Myrtle Beach (Broadway At The Beach) and 2120 Oakheart Road, Myrtle Beach (Carolina Forest)
Menu highlights: 20 percent off entire check (summer only at Broadway At The Beach); lunch specials from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (winter only at Broadway At The Beach; year-around at Carolina Forest); $2 Bud Select; $4 Jagermeister Rumple Minze and $4 Gold Schlager (drink specials all day, everyday at Broadway At The Beach)
Entertainment: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday (local bands, DJ Resist, etc. at Broadway At The Beach) Summer Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (Carolina Forest); 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday (sushi bar closes at 11 p.m.) at Broadway At The Beach Information: 843-626-2444 or 843-626-3444 (Broadway At The Beach) and 843-236-5666 (Carolina Forest)
King Kong Sushi has monster sushi menu that delivers on flavor.
King Kong Sushi in Myrtle Beach is home to monster tastes. Just like the gigantic gorilla that scaled the Empire State Building, this Grand Strand eatery reaches new heights. There are 117 sushi rolls on an expansive menu that also has an array of appetizers, soups, salads and hibachi dinners. Known best for its fresh sushi made with traditional and adventurous ingredients, King Kong Sushi’s chefs seamlessly marry flavors and textures to deliver sexy, scrumptious sushi.
“The way they make their eel roll is true perfection, and it is amazing,” said 15-year-old Chris Jones, a Conway resident, as he dined with his family at the King Kong Sushi site at 1306 Celebrity Circle #163-C in Myrtle Beach. The Broadway At The Beach spot opened in September 2008, while the Carolina Forest spot, at 2120 Oakheart Road, debuted January 2007.
Mark Godaire, general manager at both locations, said the unique but jazzy atmosphere, the Asian fusion menu and flat screen televisions (favorites of sports fans) make King Kong Sushi the unique eatery it is. Both places offer guests solid service, an ambience that is mellow and delectable sushi. “We have a laidback, lounge atmosphere,” said Patrick Hampson, manager at the Broadway At the Beach location. “We try to keep a relaxed mood, and we try to put a little of an upscale twist to Broadway At The Beach.” Hyun Lee, the executive chef of King Kong Sushi, is a rock star of sorts with sushi fans who admire his finesse and sheer talent in preparing Japanese-style food.
A visit to the eatery’s website, kingkongsushi.com, reveals a VIP Customer section in which people give shout-outs to Lee and other personnel. “We have a great local following, and we get a lot of tourists who come by,” Hampson said. “We are a part of Myrtle Beach’s personality, and at King Kong Sushi people get a taste of what Myrtle Beach is about.” Customers appreciate the jovial and accommodating nature of staff members wanting them to enjoy their dining experience. Fortunately, this sushi haven has much to relish.
The appetizers are exquisite and crafted to look art. The tuna tataki, beef negimaki and tori maki roll (fried chicken breast rolled and stuffed with crab, cream cheese and scallions and topped with sweet bell pepper, mango salsa and teriyaki glaze) are appealing to the eyes and gratifying to the stomach.
Not to be outdone, the sushi rolls are just as stunning on the plate as they are on the palate. The No Name Roll (made with fried shrimp and crab before being topped with tuna, avocado, spicy mayo and eel sauce) and the Sunset Roll (made with crab, shrimp, cucumber and cream cheese and then topped with smoked salmon, avocado and apple wine sauce) are among the most popular specialty rolls.
Hampson said King Kong Sushi is gifted with incredible cooking talent. “We have a classically trained chef who brings together classic sushi and combines it with a contemporary modern flair,” Hampson said. Whatever edge Hong Kong Sushi may have is sharp enough to attract and maintain a faithful legion of folks who visit again and again. “The sushi is excellent, and the prices are good,” said Sara Jones, Chris Jones’ mom. “We are regulars.”