#163 of 198 Destin Restaurants

Shan Kishi

Shan Kishi - Authentic Sushi with a Modern Twist
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Shan Kishi is a modest sushi restaurant in a strip mall, but its flavors are anything but run-of-the-mill. With modern twists on traditional dishes, there are a number of options for those who crave an inventive take on this Japanese classic. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Shan Kishi in Destin is known for its fresh sushi, modern fare,  and full-service experience. More than good ingredients or food, the idea is to go for a truly memorable meal. The chefs take traditional dishes and then punch them up with complementary flavors. The staff specializes in everything from fast lunches to romantic anniversary dinners. 

Shan Kishi is known for being exceptionally welcoming to every guest, and they’re happy to make recommendations for appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages. Specialty cocktails, craft beers, warming wines: diners feel special from the moment they walk in the door. 

Lively, entertaining, and friendly, Shan Kishi creates an atmosphere that will set the tone for your time with them. If you’d prefer a little quiet, the staff will seat you away from the grilling station. If you’re looking for something a little closer to dinner-and-a-show, they’ll put you near all the action. Try the hibachi and watch as the chef grills, flips, and fries your dinner right before your eyes. 

In addition, it’s also a good place to stop by if you’re looking for a modern and elegant bar and lounge area. If you weren’t in the mood for a full meal, it’s a welcoming place to start your night off. Strike up a conversation with a few locals and see if you can’t pin down the best boutique clothing store or snack in Destin, according to those who know. 

When you’re at Shan Kishi, consider these popular dishes:

Cajun Garlic White Tuna 
This sushi appetizer is seared cajun white tuna, rosemary sauce, garlic sauce, yuzu sauce, truffle, and cilantro oil. While there are certainly a lot of different flavors happening within a small space, they all work together to create a composed bite. 

Love Boat 
The Love Boat is one of Shan Kishi’s sushi entrees, consisting of 10 pieces of sushi and 18 pieces of sashimi. It comes with a California roll and your choice of one of the chef’s special rolls. You’ll also get shrimp tempura, miso soup, and green salad. It’s definitely a meal big enough for two.

Yaki Udon or Soba 
Both types of Japanese noodles are built to stand up to some heavy-hitting accompanying flavors. This entree, which is served with rice, soup, and salad, comes with your choice of shrimp, beef, or chicken. It’s all stir-fried with mixed vegetables to round out the meal. 

Naruto Roll 
The naruto roll is one of the specialty rolls on Shan Kishi’s menu. It’s avocado and flying fish roe (tobiko) wrapped with cucumber, and your choice of tuna, yellowtail, white fish, or salmon. You can also ask for this roll in the ‘spicy’ version, which we highly recommend if you’re looking for a little pop in your sushi. 

Chocolate Duo Mousse 
The chocolate duo mousse is a dessert made from white and dark chocolate mousse. The two creamy confections are separated by candied cherries and placed on a foundation of chocolate sponge cake. Plus, it’s all decorated with chocolate flakes as the final touch. This is a great wrap-up to the meal if you love a little tart with a lot of sweetness.

Shan Kishi has world-class chefs helming the kitchen, and patrons are often impressed by the authenticity of the sushi. However, there are also a variety of meals on the menu for those who would prefer to skip the raw part of the dining experience. We highly recommend it for those who want an unassuming place with plenty of dynamite dishes to choose from. 

Insider Tips:
-Shan Kishi offers additional entrees in addition to sushi, including hibachi, teriyaki, and tempura. 
-Parking is easy to find in the strip mall parking lot. 
-The restaurant caters to a variety of dining options, whether you want a quick lunch or a romantic dinner. 
-There are children’s meals available for those with young kids.