Sunday, 10 June 2012

Kabuki Sushi & Grill

City: Edmonton
Address: 8724-109 Street
Price Range: ちょっと 高い (a bit expensive) 
Type of Restaurant: Casual

We visited Kabuki Sushi & Grill after seeing a movie at the Metro Cinema in Edmonton (the movie was Jiro Dreams of Sushi - what else?) After seeing a master at work on film, our standards were pretty high, but Kabuki didn't disappoint. The interior is a bit tacky and over-decorated, with too many small tables in not enough room, but once seated is pretty comfortable and quiet. (I am supposed to tell you that Andy disagrees, and liked both the decor and the plastic cherry blossom tree in the restaurant.)

As always, we started with tea and miso soup. The miso was pretty standard - it was a little bit weaker than I like it in terms of miso paste, but lots of wakame and tofu made up for it. The tea was delicious and loose-leaf, which I always appreciate.

Kabuki offers their nigiri in pairs, which suited us just fine, but does limit the amount of different types of nigiri you can have if you're there by yourself. We decided on a selection of ten pairs of their more expensive nigiri, as well as a spicy tuna roll (my eternal favourite maki, authenticity be damned!) 

We were so excited that we forgot to take a picture until after we finished. Um, sorry.

Is this how you do food blog?
The presentation was nice and everything looked appetizing. We enjoyed three different types of roe (ikura, masago, and tobiko) which were all delicious and nicely wrapped. We also had the chance to have uni (sea urchin), a selection we really don't have that often because of the price. It was delicious, too, but a little bit too chilled for me - you could tell that it had recently come out of the refrigerator. Another standout pick was the red tuna, which was tender and delicious, and the scallops, which were subtle, creamy and tasty. The toro (tuna belly) was fatty and yummy, without a greasy aftertaste.

The spicy tuna roll was a bit different from your standard hot-sauce-and-mayo combo - the tuna had been combined with a spicy sauce which was a bit sweet, which reminded me a bit of that used by Globefish in Calgary. Tasty!

My one gripe with this otherwise great sushi restaurant was the service. It took us a good long while to get the bill at the end of the meal, and in the end we had to ask a couple of times. With tax and tip, the nigiri, two teas, two miso soups, and a spicy tuna roll came to a little over $60. 

I definitely recommend this restaurant if you're in the area and you have some cash to splash. If decor (unless you share Andy's tastes) and service are at the top of your list, you might want to give this one a pass, but for good quality fish and well-composed nigiri, this is a great choice in Edmonton.

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