A few weeks back the whole gang headed down to the Tempe Marketplace to check out the new Japanese restaurant Kabuki. I have seem and heard about Kabuki before, in fact one of my good friends even works at the Tempe location. Not to judge a book by its cover but from what I had seen of Kabuki it looked to be pretty dang good. I love sushi and was hoping to add another sushi place to my list.
Upon walking into Kabuki I wasn’t surprised that the architecture was fabulous. The restaurant supports high vaulted ceilings and tempered glass walls. I took a seat as I waited for the rest of the party to show up. Sitting there alone I was entertained by all of the decorations and modern design. However the decorations have little to do with how the food taste.
Once the rest of the party showed up we were seating. Upon being seated we started to ponder our menus deciding what looked the best. We sat there checking out the menus while a large crowed of waiters and waitresses stood in the back occasionally yelling out some gibberish to customers as the came in or left. We continued to sit there for what seemed like and eternity until finally we yelled out to one of the waiters to help us. None of the works had any idea as to what was going on. Maybe it was because the restaurant just opened? Maybe not.
Needless to say someone finally took our order. We all ordered our own lunch offering and then as a group we all got some sushi. My friend who works at Kabuki had recommend the sushi, so we expected it to be pretty good. After eating some of the sushi offerings I would have to say that it was mediocre. The best sushi roll was by far the sunkissed roll, spicy Tuna on the inside with Salmon & Avocado on top. My lunch offering was the ninja deluxe. It came with a combination of chicken teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and three California rolls. The chicken teriyaki was pretty good when mixed with some rice. The shrimp and vegetable tempura was good however it came with a couple of odd vegetable I wasn’t too sure about. All in all the food was decent.
The bad part is that all the food cost an arm and a leg. Kabuki is some place I might go to again however I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone I’m trying to impress. To me it seemed a little too posh. A place you go to for the look, atmosphere, and people.. not the food.