Kabuki

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Kabuki is a ritzy sushi restaurant located on the West Wing of the Tempe Marketplace. Well, ritzy for a college student hangout. It is very Asian Chic inside, with red and black color scheme and minimalist kabuki mask and flower decorations.

Inside the lights are low and the red lampshades cast an aura of Feudal Japan and the Kabuki theater across everyone’s face.

It’s quite fun for a group outing and can equally be a nice place for a date!

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The food selection is pretty diverse. There is a large offering  of appetizers and most any kind of sushi your heart could desire. I also discovered a page that lists some soups and rice dishes.

In my personal experience here, the food is alright. It looks and sounds better than it actually is. I once ordered the dragon roll and it came out with seaweed shaping a dragon head! It was so much fun. But the flavors were mellow and it just didn’t leave a tasty memory.

This time I decided to try something besides sushi and ordered the Spicy Miso Ramen. It came with a side of soup or salad. Having my main course be soup I opted for the salad. As is common at Asian themed restaurants the dressing on the salad was a delightfully pungent ginger dressing. It always amazes me how it can transform a simple bowl of lettuce leaves into a delicious salad.

After the appetizer, my ramen came out. It smelled great and was a decent size (though I’ve had more for a lesser price). The seaweed was nice and tender, the bean sprouts crisp, there was some corn but it mostly sank to the bottom, and the noodles were a nice chewy texture. The broth itself, however, failed to impress. It was alright. Spicy, a hint of miso. But it simply failed to wow. I honestly enjoyed the salad dressing more than the soup.

I think this is going to be one of my last visits to Kabuki. For the price range (a check on the low end usually being $15-20 per person), the quality of food does not match. I can get a much more flavorful bowl of ramen at Republic Ramen (big enough to split with two people) for less than $8.

If you are in the area and have the money to spend, it is a decent restaurant. But I am going to start exploring the other options at Tempe Marketplace from now on.

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Korea Town food times! Bento Man is an awesome little quick…

Korea Town food times!

Bento Man is an awesome little quick serve place right around her corner. I had the Chashu (pork belly) Miso Ramen and it was some of the best ramen I’ve had! T. and L. tried the Shrimp Tempura Udon and the Chicken Teriyaki. Everybody was really thrilled with their food!

The dumplings are from a Korean Mall a few blocks away from T.’s place. We were the only non-Asians in the entire shopping center, but the Korean servers were so nice. The lady who manned the booth we ate at was super sweet and utterly excited to know we white girls liked kimchi. And for 6 bucks we got 12 sizeable dumplings, slices of some sweet yellow vegetable or fruit, what we determined was probably a cauliflower and veggie purée and a side of dipping sauce.

Anybody know what the sides were called and made of? Let me know please!