PICK OF THE WEEK:
KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Tivoli Village, 339 S. Rampart Blvd. at Alta Drive, 702-685-7776
Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese theater that began in the 17th century. Traveling theater groups of male actors, dressed in extravagant costumes and supernatural makeup, shared stories of love, moral conflicts and historical events. This is what you will be doing while dining on such Kabuki signature dishes as koshou beef or chicken with rice pilaf, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms, seared tuna tataki, Mediterranean seabass, garlic jumbo scallops, miso-marinated black cod and curry shrimp. Other entrees are Asian-style barbecue beef ribs, hibachi platters, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and salmon, beef or chicken teriyaki. Among the many salads are seared albacore, tofu, pear endive, Oriental chicken and salmon skin. Popular specialty rolls include Dragon, Rainbow, Aladdin, Lotus, Kabuki and Geisha. Sushi and sashimi feature flying fish egg, halibut, squid, sea eel, sweet shrimp, fatty tuna and octopus. Desserts include Opera, an almond cake layered with chocolate ganache and coffee buttercream. Lunch specials, served with soup, salad and rice, are offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrees begin at $11.95 and salads at $4.95. Kabuki is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. There is also a location at Town Square Las Vegas, 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
- Jack Bulavsky