Kiku Restaurant facing several health violations
Courtny Gerrish reports Video by tmj4.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- This sushi spot downtown has a rodent problem and was written up for bad handwashing. Kiku Restaurant on 2nd and Wisconsin.
Its latest health inspection had 13 violations. Things like food handlers washing their hands, with no soap. An employee touched his mouth, and then never washed his hands. Also, an employee slicing cucumbers without gloves which is required when handling ready to eat food.
Manager Peter Zhang doesn't agree with the inspection. "Every health inspector they can say anything on you. One of them can say you pass, and one of them can say you not wash right."
Kiku had food temperature issues. Fried shrimp sitting out at 64 degrees. Fried veggies also sitting out. The safe *cold* temperature is 41. Sushi rice was not kept hot enough. And another container of rice was sitting nearby at room temperature. We saw a batch of rice sitting out when we stopped by. Zhang told us, "all chicken, seafood, vegetable temperature is all good."
Inspectors found rat droppings around the kitchen storage areas. Zhang told me they have pest control. He showed me the kitchen but didn't want our camera back there. Instead our photographer shot shellfish sitting out in a sink.
The manager of this restaurant named "The Best of Milwaukee 2010" in the Shepard Express tells us everything's been cleaned up.
Kiku was fined for its violations.