We introduced Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto — one of only 60 master sake sommeliers in the world and recent recipient of the Sake Samurai Award from the Japan Sake Brewers Association — to you in our Winter 2010-11 issue. Now you can try Matsumoto’s famous pairings for yourself.
Starting Wednesday, December 1, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant debuts its new sake pairing menu, available at all 11 Southern California locations. The self-guided exploration of Master Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto’s list features 12 different sakes and encourages diners to delve into the traditional Japanese beverage. Matsumoto has designed the new pairing menu to include simple tasting notes on each sake and suggestions for matching the best bites.
Kabuki’s new pairing menu features sakes from across the board, including Kiku Masamune ($3.50 glass/$10.50 carafe), a best-selling sake in Tokyo, with clean, tart berry flavors that pair well with Grilled Calamari ($7.95); Mu ($27.95, 300ml bottle), a fruity, well-rounded award winner complements the Kabuki Roll ($10.95); and the unfiltered, California-brewed Sho Chiku Bai Nigori ($10.95, 300ml bottle), whose sweet and milky nuances are perfect for Kabuki’s Fire Cracker ($6.95).
Take advantage of the pairing menu all day or at select Kabuki Japanese Restaurant‘s special Reverse Happy Hour. No more rushing to get to happy hour by 5 pm. (Who gets off that early in this economic environment of do-more-with-less?) At Kabuki’s Reverse Happy Hour, you can stroll in after a late night at work and treat yourself to $1 rolls and sake cocktail specials.
From 9 p.m. until closing, Monday through Thursday, order from a special menu of Executive Chef Masa Kurihara’s traditional and innovative sushi, specialty rolls, and appetizers, and receive a second order for only $1. Rolls start at $2.95 and include the Spicy Tuna Roll; Gold Rush Roll; and Rose Roll with Lightly Battered Shrimp Tempura, A-Grade Avocado, and Spicy Tuna. Appetizers such as Gyoza Dumplings; Broiled Mussels on Half Shell; and Fire Cracker with Spicy Tuna, Chopped Tomato, and Eggroll Chips are all under $5, and edamame comes with the purchase of any sushi order.
Of course, don’t forget what makes happy hour so happy — cocktails! Matsumoto hand selects an assortment of sake, beer, wine and sake-based cocktails for the restaurant, including Reverse Happy Hour specials like the Ki-Bomb Sake Bomb ($3.75); Sapporo Draft Beer ($1.95/12 oz); Cedar Brook Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon ($3.25/glass); Sake Sangria ($4.25/glass); and the Saketini in Creamy Peach, Fuji Apple, or Pomegranate ($5.95). And since one cocktail is never enough, a second order is just $1 each.
Because seriously, after the economic year we’ve had, it’s time get happy.
WHAT: Kabuki Restaurant’s Reverse Happy Hour
WHEN: Monday-Thursday from 9 p.m. to close
Sunday from 8 p.m. to close
Kabuki Howard Hughes Center (West L.A.)
6081 Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
975 East Birch St., #K
Brea, CA 92821
Kabuki Old Town Pasadena
88 W. Colorado Blvd., Suite 103
Pasadena, CA 91105
24045 Newhall Ranch Rd, #A-2
Valencia, CA 91354