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Kabuto for Lunch

Celeste | Aug 19, 2003 07:32 PM

I just tried the newly re-opened Kabuto for lunch today.

Not only is it a great deal, but it was even more delicious than I had remembered.

While the full list of starters is not available, the few we had were excellent. The poke was smoky , slightly spicy, and with the right touch of sesame - the best poke I have had in years. We got the fried baby octopus salad even though it's not on the lunch menu. It was very good, though a little on the dry side.

They have lunch specials for either 8 dollars, 10 dollars, or 12 dollars. Each will get you the special salad or appetizer of the day, a choice of grilled fish or tempura or tonkatsu, miso soup, rice, and ice cream for dessert. (the 10 or 12 dollar meals come with a better starter and maybe one more dish)

I got the tonkatsu 8 dollar meal and it was the best tonkatsu I have had since living in Japan. Three big crispy chunks of pork that were extremely juicy and tender - not qualities I have become used to finding in my tonkatsu. My companions had the marinated then grilled black cod (i'm forgetting the Japanese name) and it was sublime - a thick slice of cod cooked just to doneness and still extremely tender.

My special salad was a somen noodle salad in a very light spicy dressing with a green salad on the side. Perfect for a summer day (even if it's hardly summer today in SF).

Foolishly, I got three nigiri sushi in addition to my 8 dollar meal. I couldn't even finish my tonkatsu and rice. For the sublime quality of the food, this was a great deal of a lunch.

I'm hoping Kabuto stays open for lunch for a long long time! It was really nice to get that quality of sushi and japanese food without waiting in line.

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