Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, a fast-casual chain from Southern California, has opened its first Arizona location at Tempe Marketplace.
The sit-down restaurant is separated into distinct areas: a large dining area nicely decorated in red, black and white, a sushi bar manned by several chefs and a bar/lounge area, which offers more than 200 types of cocktails and beverages.
Kabuki offers an extensive menu of hot and cold appetizers, salads, sushi and kitchen dishes like salmon teriyaki, tonkatsu and barbecue beef ribs. Lunch items are $7.95 to $13.95; dinners are $10.95 to $19.95.
I dropped in for lunch last week and ordered the chicken and beef teriyaki combination ($8.95), which included miso soup, salad and white rice. My friend Sam went with the Ninja Deluxe ($9.95), which had chicken teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura and a three-piece California roll.
Our meals arrived on black bento trays, and only chopsticks were offered (we didn’t ask about forks). Service was fast and friendly, although it was a little annoying to listen to the large staff, front and back of house, bark out Japanese words in unison.
I liked my teriyaki items, although I didn’t feel they were any better than, say, Yogis Grill, where a delicious chicken-and-beef lunch combo is just $5.85. Sam’s only complaint was his tempura was only slightly warm.
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, is open 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Info: (480) 350-9160 or www.kabukirestaurants.com.
SOL Y SOMBRA CHEF OPENS BREAKFAST EATERY
Aaron May, the celebrated chef behind Scottsdale’s Sol y Sombra, quietly has opened his new breakfast-only restaurant, Over Easy, in east Phoenix.
The small eatery, one of three new ventures May is working on, offers such morning staples as waffles, eggs Benedict and corned beef hash. The chef also plans to open Autostrada osteria e enoteca, a casual Italian restaurant, at Scottsdale’s DC Ranch in April, and Leche, a small-plates restaurant focusing on Basque food, in Old Town Scottsdale in October.
Over Easy, 4031 N. 40th St., Phoenix, is open 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily. Info: (602) 468-3447.
LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE OPENS MONDAY IN GILBERT
Following in the footsteps of Chandler and Mesa, Gilbert will have a Logan’s Roadhouse by next week. The Nashville-based chain, which serves steaks, barbecue and burgers, announced its third East Valley location, located at SanTan Village, will open Monday.