Kabuki Japanese - Hollywood
Ready To Dance The Kabuki
Once you lay eyes on this two sided happy hour menu with 15 drink options and 30 food options you'll want to dance the Japanese Kabuki! Located just north of Sunset on Vine, this Japanese sushi restaurant has a LOADED happy hour and it's the perfect first stop for your night out in Hollywood.
Kabuki's massive selection, which this happy hour crew ALWAYS appreciates, is most definitely the star of this show. For drinks, anytime you can get a quality Japanese beer like Kirin Ichiban on draft for $1.95, you know Dr. Drinks will give the place high marks. The Ki-Bomb is a great deal at $3.75 because it combines the Kirin on draft with a small hot sake so you can enjoy Sake Bombs on happy hour! They also offer several Sake selections, yes please, and our favorite was the cold unfiltered Shochikubai Nigori in a 375ml bottle. It's just the right amount of sweet with that wonderful Sake kick and for only $9.95 on happy hour it's THE Sake deal. Honorable mention goes to the Sake Sangria which blended citrus and sweet without being too syrupy.
The only down side to the drinks, and the reason for the average rating, is that Kabuki doesn't offer a full bar so there Tokyo Mojito and Saketini both taste too sweet and will disappoint any mojito or martini fan.
For food the MUST TRY roll is the Lotus On Fire Roll which tops a California Roll with Jalapeno, Lotus Root, and Spicy Tuna! It's filling, mixes perfectly with the beer and sake, and tastes great. Overall, the fish was just OK including the traditional Salmon Sushi and Albacore. We suggest sticking to the rolls since that rice helps fill your belly and soaks up that sake so you can drink more Kirin! See the pattern here? Eat, drink, then eat and drink some more, then pee and then eat and drink.
The Veggie Vixen loved all the veggie choices including the Fried Tofu, which she just says "YES" too, and the huge Tofu Salad. Either the Tofu Salad or the Spicy Tuna Salad combined with a beer would be a meal that filled most bellies.
You too may be tempted to dance the Kabuki, as we were, after all the low prices on the great sake and beer at Kabuki. BTW...AFTER a great happy hour with lots to drink, we think we are fantastic dancers.
One more BTW...parking can be an issue and the Meter Maids are CRAZY in this neighborhood so it may be worth it to pay $5 and park in the garage below the restaurant to avoid a ticket.