Sushi on a Roll

California sushi restaurant finds welcoming berth at Galleria Dallas

California sushi restaurant finds welcoming berth at Galleria Dallas

Kabuki Geisha Roll
Kabuki will open its first Texas location at Galleria Dallas. Photo courtesy of Kabuki

A California sushi concept is coming to Galleria Dallas: Kabuki Japanese Restaurant will open a 6,000-square-foot location on level I. It'll be the first Kabuki in Texas.

The chain was founded in Pasadena in 1991, and it has 17 locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada. It's a full-service, casual dining experience with high-quality sushi and other Japanese specialties, both "traditional and innovative."

The menu is executed by a team of sushi chefs, each trained by executive corporate chef Masa Kurihara. Appetizers range from traditional options such as edamame to more Americanized dishes such as Brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries.

There are buns, calamari, noodles, rice, and tempura. There are many sushi rolls, including one Texan twist with barbecue short ribs and jalapenos.

In the bar, there are sake drinks created by Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto, the first Master Sake Sommelier in North America. Kabuki also says it will provide a family-friendly environment for both suburban and urban families.

Kabuki has been itching to get into the Dallas area. The chain initially had designs on Irving's Music Factory, where it announced plans to open a branch more than a year ago. At the time, the company's founder and president David Lee said he wanted to open in Dallas for quite some time.

Although the Galleria does have a small outlet of Little Katana, and there is a Hibashi Teppan Grill a block away, the mall hasn't had a big-time sushi restaurant since Miami sushi chain Sushi Samba opened a branch there, rather short-lived, in 2007.

Kabuki will open in summer 2016.