I feel like a mall rat at The Galleria Dallas, lately. We’re often there at the indoor playground and a meal at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant afterwards. Kabuki Japanese, the latest restaurant to open up at the Galleria Dallas has become a fast family favorite because of the vast menu. There’s sushi, noodles, rolls, rice bowls to bento boxes so it suits all three of my IttyBittyFoodies and their food quirks.
Kabuki Japanese even offers gluten-free options for my paleo friends and lots of veggie dishes for vegetarians. The clean, modern designs makes not-so-cool mommies like me feel like we’re hip again. It can double as a date night place or a nice outing with girlfriends. The restaurant is also spacious so it accommodates meals with multiple families while booths keeps things intimate for a party of two. Yep… Kabuki Japanese is that one-size-fits-all restaurant.
Our family likes lots and lots of little dishes. Agedashi tofu makes a good starter for us — warm cubes of lightly fried tofu in a dashi soy sauce. It’s topped with green onions and some wiggly bonito flakes that almost looks alive. If we’re eating dinner there, the grilled yellowtail collar is a must. We sometimes end up having a little chopstick fight over the divine smokey grilled buttery fish.
The yellowtail carparccio with it’s thin slices of fish doused in a spicy ponzu sauce and topped with sliced jalapenos is reminiscent of Nobu’s famous dish all those years ago when Japanese fusion became popular. Gyoza (potsticker) dumplings are also a staple on the table though I’d prefer that they were not deep fried. I would stay clear of the Tokyo Steamed Bun. We’ve ordered this a couple of times and the pork belly on both occasions have come out dry.
If I’m dining for lunch, I love trying the bento boxes like the Salmon Terriyaki with Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura. The portion is generous and comes with soup and salad.
For something light, I highly recommend the Zaru Soba. The soba noodles are served cold soba with a light dipping sauce. This is my favorite summer dish. Another light dish is the poke (pronounced POKE- KAY) bowl. Poke bowls are fresh and healthy — marinated raw fish over shredded salad and rice and seaweed.
But for those hungry days, the ramen noodles satisfies though I find the soup not as hearty as some other ramen specialty place like Ramen Hakata. My kids have never complained though and they like both the soy ramen and tonkotsu ramen.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUSHI?
The Chef Omakase platter with a variety of sashimi is what we like to order. Given that four members of the family now eat raw fish (still waiting for my middle child to like it) the deluxe platter is a larger size. I wouldn’t say it’s one of Dallas’ best sushi restaurants like Sushi Sake, but sushi like eel, octopus and mackerel often make it on the table with the IttyBittyFoodies.
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