Kenny Yamada Sushi Pop Art at Royal T Cafe

Ceviche Tower | tuna, laibut, salmon, yellowtail, gyoza skin, jalapeno, red & green onions

For the next couple Wednesdays and Thursdays until September 9, 2010, Kenny Yamada (Hell’s Kitchen, soon: Katsuya Encino) will be running his Sushi Pop Art Series. I had the privilege of tasting a few of the dishes on his 7- ($45) and 13-course ($90) menu. Wine and sake pairings are also available for an additional cost. Truth be told, I was pleasantly surprised with how good everything tasted, not just looked – right down to the miso soup.

Sushi Cake | cake formation with layers of crab, spicy tuna, rice, mashed potato with caviar

Favorites included the delicate yet delicious Ceviche Tower – with that jalapeno kick; the “sauce art” that decorated many of the dishes and were integral to many of the tastes; the Sashimi Garden Salad with its halibut & a very distinctive green tea sea salt seasoning; the simple yet perfectly executed Sushi Platter and especially the Sushi Cake – garnished with different flavored, caviar-laced potato salads.

Sushi can indeed taste just as good as it looks. Since this is just for the next couple weeks, be sure to make your reservation. Or, if you like you can lounge in the back area of Royal T (enter from Lindblade Street) and enjoy the entertainment and custom drinks while ordering from the menu a la carte.

Center map

Wednesdays, Thursdays

September 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2010

6 – 10 PM


Royal T
8910 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232