There are few things more satisfying than watching your kids eating – and enjoying – ethnic foods. We’ve always strived to expand their culinary horizons, and, for the most part, they have always tried, and, by-and-large, liked our diverse offerings. From Chinese to Mexican to Jewish deli, I’d say Mr. T & X and Miss A all have pretty eclectic little palates, but their number one international cuisine, hands-down, is Japanese. Put a salmon onigiri (seaweed-wrapped sticky rice with cooked salmon in the center) or miso soup in front of them and they’re happy little campers. Which is why on our way back from Legoland it was a no brainer to stop for lunch at Kabuki in Huntington Beach.
Basically, Kabuki is the Japanese P.F Changs – a commendable franchise with very good food served in contemporary spaces throughout California, Nevada and Arizona (the Kabuki at the Howard Hughes complex that my wife and I would have lunch at the very next week had a bit of a darker setting, certainly not as sleek as the OC location). There’s sushi bar seating at every restaurant but a nice family-friendly booth had our names on it so we settled in to peruse the menu while the siblings were set up with the obligatory kiddie menu-placemat-cum-coloring books. The little ones shared tempura, onigiri, salad with ginger dressing and a Calpico (yogurt-style) soda while Irene and I mixed and matched a couple of lunch specials: the “chirashi” sushi, consisting of assorted sashimi over seasoned sticky rice, and a teriyaki salmon with shrimp and vegetable tempura served with miso soup, salad and rice (both lunch combos nicely priced at $10.95 and $11.95 respectively).
Yep, Kabuki is a Keeper.