Bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish with a name that is as fun to say aloud as the dish itself is to eat, is just one of a dozen or so Korean options on the menu at Kabuki Sushi and Roll, located just north of Shed Road on Airline Drive in Bossier City. While the restaurant appears to have been around since Spring 2012, it seems to have recently undergone some changes that include a new menu. Menus currently posted on Urbanspoon and the restaurant’s own website aren’t current, as of the time of this blog post, and can be a little misleading.
While sushi composes the majority of the menu, a couple of pages in the back are dedicated to Korean dishes that include the fantastic dolsot bibimbap ($13.99-$15.99), a steaming-hot stone bowl packed with rice, kimchi vegetables, bulgogi-style beef, shrimp, seaweed salad, peppers, onions, spices and even a fried egg. One of the delightful things about this dish is that ingredients on the bottom of the incredibly hot bowl are continuing to cook as you eat. By the time you reach the bottom, these ingredients have caramelized into a delicious reward for finishing the meal.
Other Korean menu items, many of which are new to the Shreveport-Bossier food scene, include japchae ($15.99), bulgogi ($14.99), a braised monkfish entree for two called agujjim ($33.99 for two), yukgaejang ($16.99) and a South Korean buckwheat noodle dish I’m dying to try called nang momil ($14.99).
While an endless variety of Americanized, deep-fried sushi rolls with clever names and decadent sauces may be tempting, I’d encourage diners to approach the Kabuki menu as if reading a Japanese Manga-style comic book: start with the last two pages and read from right to left.
Kabuki Sushi and Roll is open, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.