Kenshin Asian Diner – Philadelphia, PA
Having spent a large portion of my life in New Jersey, I am quite familiar with diners. What I had never heard of before was an Asian Diner. Once again Philadelphia tips the scales on originality, because sitting on the edge of the Northern Liberties neighborhood, there just happens to be one. It is called Kenshin Asian Diner (KAD).
The interior of KAD gives you that diner feeling, but with a very nice Asian flair mixed in. KAD also provides a menu that is very Asian, but extremely mixed just like a normal diner would provide. The only question is, would KAD be diner quality where it is just average at a good price, or are they a hidden gem onto something new? I was there for lunch which is extremely affordable in the five to ten dollar range for most items and ordered the Kenshin Chicken.
I have to say the meal was fabulous. The chicken was nice and meaty with very little breading, juicy, flavorful, and the sauce was just the right amount and not that thick general tso molasses most places serve with a nice mix of fresh vegetables. The fried rice was cooked to perfection as well. My visit to KAD was quick, but by looking at their menu, they have many options I would love to come back and taste their spin on many classic Asian dishes for not only lunch, but dinner as well. KAD’s twist on the genre is a breath of fresh air and I hope they are able to get the word out about this little gem of mish-mashed flavors. I did not spot any diners any of the times I have been to Asia, but maybe this concept is just a Philadelphia/Jersey thing and I am happy about that.
Four out of Five Stars