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Sushi On Tap ... aka Yasuke

Sukram | Mar 5, 200301:35 AM

Just a quick refresher:

Sushi On Tap

The name suggests sushi and beer on tap or, perhaps, unlimited sushi-made-to-order. What one doesn't expect is the surprising combination of sushi and - yes, that's right - tap dancing.

My husband and I study the menu, surrounded by the pleasing minimalist decor: white and forest green walls with maroon and black accents. No less than three sushi chefs cater to a crowd of professionals and families with young children - business suits and overalls.

My husband Bob is, basically, a non-sushi eater but a good sport, so we start with the edamame and spicy tuna roll. Fresh, delicious. I notice the family next to us enthusiastically ordering, "Oh, let's try the unagi next! We heard that was good. And how about..." Suddenly loud music interrupts the quiet background jazz as one of the sushi chefs bursts into a wild tap routine. Patrons start clapping and cheering as he shuffles and snaps his way across the corner dance floor. Midway, he is joined by our hostess and another chef. I am stunned motionless for a moment, a soybean still unchewed in my mouth. My eyes roll sideways to Bob who is laughing and keeping time to the music. The remaining chef behind the bar is tapping in place as he prepares the next culinary delight. Owners Ken Tsuchiya and Kiyo Sone are two of the dancing sushi chefs.


Does anyone know where Ken Tsuchiya and Kiyo Sone have gone? The last I heard that they were going back to Japan as they were unable to make it in L.A. Not to toot my horn too much, but I love sushi and will have to rank this place up there with Nobu New York (5 years ago), and Nozawa (those are the best I have been in my opinion). And the prices were drop dead low. I wish I was the only crazy one thinking this, but we had a whole legion of people going here (apparently not enough).

So does anyone know? Thanks in advace....

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