Most lovers of the famed Japanese cuisine have, at one point or another, faced the conundrum of burning a hole in their wallet for a meal that will leave them only half-full. Perhaps a bit overgeneralized, but a restaurant has stepped in to deliver standout tastes at astoundingly low prices. Kabuki, a Southwest chain and recent addition to Tivoli Village in Summerlin, provides the upscale feel and quality seafood that all but exclusive gourmands may desire, yet hits home with a casual vibe that reaches the masses.
Kabuki, also located in Town Square, falls along the same lines as your standard upscale mall eatery but holds spectacular value to keep customers returning time and time again. The restaurant is epitomized by its signature creation, the Kabuki roll. Eight premium fish selections, from snow crab to albacore and exquisitely rich salmon, served atop a crunch roll for just the right texture. Sure, you may not reach the climax of quality found at Barmasa, but good luck finding these selections for less than $40 on the Strip, or less than $16 anywhere in town. At Kabuki: $11.95. Friends looking for a dinner outing, families seeking a new adventure, and those desiring a more affordable date spot have found an answer to their yearning.
Surprisingly bold tastes continue throughout an extensive menu. Kabuki’s extensive appetizer selection includes flavorful classics such as beef carpaccio, gyoza dumplings and lobster dynamite. Additional sushi favorites begin with the ‘Lotus on Fire,’ or spicy tuna with jalapeno and lotus root atop California roll, elegantly presented with spicy mayo and tempura crunch for dipping. Kabuki puts another spin on the cuisine with its ‘box’ sushi, where chefs will layer fish and various accouterments with thin pockets of rice that absorb the mix of sauces served alongside. Salads, noodle dishes and entrees like the tender Chilean sea bass round out a diverse array of tastes.
Equally creative is Kabuki’s drink menu, which fuses Japanese spirits into worldly cocktails. The signature sake sangria holds the same fruity flavor as the Spanish classic but with the right amount of bite to make it something new and different. Lychee mojitos, martinis, and ‘saketinis’ add further flare while calpico soda, a nonalcoholic drink made with skim milk and various fruit syrups, will surely please anyone who favors sweet.
The deal gets even better during happy hour, with discounted signature drinks, appetizers at $5 and rolls as low as $3.50. Kabuki goes a step further with reverse happy hour, where those looking for an evening smile can enjoy great food and drink in the later hours.
Kabuki is open Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. Reverse happy hour Monday-Thursday from 9 p.m.-close and Sunday from 8 p.m.-close. Call (702) 508-0540 for Tivoli Village location or (702) 979-3861 for Town Square. More information available at Kabuki online.