Dallas recently welcomed Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, the first one in Texas, at Galleria Dallas. The famed concept from California provides a casual and contemporary atmosphere showcasing upscale menu items and inventive cocktails. The menu is led by Executive Corporate Chef Masa Kurihara. Kabuki also boasts an impressive beverage program featuring classic cocktails, wine and beer, as well as sake libations.

Dallas Food Nerd editor Elysa and I stopped by for a sampling from their extension menu. The food is beautifully presented to guests and represents a great take on traditional Japanese food. Take a look at our pics below! (Warning, you may start drooling in 3, 2, 1…)

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There’s plenty of room to experience Kabuki! From the dining room to the sushi bar and regular bar, the restaurants presents high energy all throughout the space.

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Small plates to get you started

Called small plates, Kabuki offers a wide variety of items to whet your appetite before ordering an entree. From poke, tuna and calamari, there is a handful of seafood plates, as well as veggie plates (tofu, garlic edamame, shishito peppers and more).

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Fresh Oysters on a half shell (comes with six pieces)

 

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Tuna Tataki: Seared tuna, cucumber, green onions, ginger, daikon, kaiware, cilantro vinaigrette

 

Sushi, Sashimi and Rolls

Sushi fanatics will certainly enjoy the sushi and sashimi choices here at Kabuki. The sushi selections dominate the menu as you may have guessed, so there’s a lot of great variety to choose from.

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The beautiful signature Kabuki Roll: Spicy crunch roll topped with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, spicy albacore, spicy tuna, smelt egg, salmon egg, snow crab.

 

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Spicy Tuna On Crispy Rice: Spicy tuna, lotus root, jalapenos, California roll

 

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Albacore Crunch Roll: Crab and shrimp tempura sushi with albacore wrapped around and spicy ponzu sauce poured over.

 

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More than 20 Sashimi plates are found on the menu, providing options for both seasoned and beginner sashimi eaters.

Entrees

Looking for a hot plate? Here are a couple of items we tried out and loved!

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The Spicy Seafood Udon Pasta is the right amount of seafood and noodles. Aside the thick noodles, this dish includes oysters, calamari and shrimp — all with a bit of a kick! Speaking of noodles, there are a few ramen dishes on the menu worth exploring.

 

img_0795Another hot plate option to try out is the Hot Stone Grill. This entree, very shareable I may add, comes with your choice of meat (Wagyu beef – pictured above – or King Crab, shrimp and Japanese scallops) and assorted veggies sizzling on a hot stone grill (called the ishiyaki). The wait staff will help prep everything for you, too.

 

Dessert

Dessert at Kabuki is a must-try, especially on your first visit.

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Banana Tempura: lightly-fried banana, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream – a nice and warm dessert to satisfy your belly.

 

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Here’s something you may not have seen before…a sizzling ice cream dessert! This delectable, the Tempura-Fried Ice Cream is exactly like it sounds….a huge tempura-crusted ball of ice cream. Choose from the following flavors: green tea, coffee or vanilla. But be careful, the skillet is HOT!

 

Happy Hour specials

Take part in the special happy hour offerings during the workweek (Monday – Friday) from 3-6 p.m.

$4: Sweet Potato Fries, Tokyo Quesadilla, Seaweed Salad, California Roll

$5: Fried Gyoza Dumplings, Tebasaki Karaage (crispy chicken wings), Chicken Fingers, Spicy Tuna Roll

$6: Tokyo Steamed Bun, Sesame Chicken, Mixed Tempura, Baja Roll

$7: Fire Cracker, Calamari Rings, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Smokey Philly Roll, Tokyo Mojito cocktail, Sake Sangria, Red & White wine, Beer

Saki Sangria (Credit: facebook.com/KabukiDallas)
Saki Sangria (Credit: facebook.com/KabukiDallas)

Enjoy many other libations and saki-based drinks. Click here to see the full drinks menu.

 

With more than 200 items on the menu, there’s something for everyone here at Kabuki! We applaud the brand on its exceptional food/drinks and generous customer service.

Kabuki is located at 13270 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1165, Dallas, Texas 75240. Visit their Facebook page for more updates and offers.

(Disclaimer: Our sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are our own.)