The Far East comes to Las Vegas in a relaxed, fun atmosphere
By Debbie Hall
The goal of Executive Corporate Chef Masa Kurihara and Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto of KABUKI Japanese Restaurant is to incorporate the Japanese dining culture into the culinary landscape of the United States.
Opened since 1991, KABUKI Restaurant operates 13 restaurants in Arizona and California, and two in Nevada, including Town Square and Tivoli Village. Envisioned as high energy, family friendly and value oriented, the concept is to entice and satisfy without the extra calories or loud music.
The word “KABUKI” is actually a form of traditional Japanese theater that began during the Edo Period in the 17th century. These theater groups traveled extensively to perform for villagers and commoners and not for royalty and the privileged. Predominantly made up of male actors dressed in extravagant costumes and supernatural makeup, they told stories of love, moral conflicts and historical events. Thus, the restaurant’s name means that this is a place for all with a chance to share life’s events and create memories.
Salad choices include seaweed, tofu or spicy tuna. Selections of rolls are available including California, vegetable, shrimp tempura and salmon skin. Mixed tempura, sesame chicken and broiled mussel on a half shell are also offered.
Happy hour (with a more extensive menu) is Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. and reversed happy hour is Monday through Thursday 9 p.m. to close and Sunday 8 p.m. to close.