Monday, June 24, 2013

KABUKI - Palm Beach Gardens, FL


You know I love Sushi, so when I found out that Kubuki was opening in Palm Beach Gardens, I was pumped!  Kabuki is located next to Rocco's Taco and where Sushi Joe's used to be.  The restaurant is intimate, but very well decorated with red lanterns and a long, inviting sushi bar.
We started with a few drinks.  Beer, wine and of course sake!


For appetizers, we enjoyed quite a few.  First up, the Spicy Edamame and Rock Tuna.  The spicy edamame was great. The spicy sesame oil and chili pepper gave a nice kick to the traditionally prepared edamame.   The rock tuna was delicious.  If you like tuna and avocado, I would highly recommend.  The tuna was freshly diced and mixed up with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and seasame seeds. It tasted like a mashed up tuna roll without the rice!

Spicy Edamame

Rock Tuna
Next up we ordered krab rangoon, steamed pork dumplings, and the hamachi jalapeno. I never crave krab rangoon, so I may not be the best one to ask about this.  They were creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside, however still not my favorite and would pass next time I returned. The one great thing is, they were definitely freshly made!


Krab Rangoon

The pork dumplings were scrumptious. The dumpling were not "doughy" tasting as some dumplings have tasted to me lately.  They were overstuffed with lots of meat inside.  Loved!

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Lastly, for appetizers we tried the hamachi jalapeno.  Yellowtail, fresh jalapeno, fried onion and ponzu sauce.   If you like spicy, this may be the one for you.  Those jalapeno's were hot!!! The fish was tasty, but this dish was a little spicy for my liking.

Hamachi Jalapeno

Before our entrees came, why not have a SAKE BOMB?? SAKE, SAKE BOMB was being chanted in the restaurant while we lined up to take these flaming shots!  Always a good time with a group of friends!

Sake Bomb

Now the sushi!  We tried the red dragon, which consisted of shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, topped with tuna, eel sauce, and mayo.  Loved it. The tempura was hot and crunchy.  One of my pet peeves is when the tempura is pre-made.  Not here.  Tempura was freshly cooked to order.
PBJ roll, spicy tuna, cream cheese, snapper tempura, avocado, mayo and smelt roe. I think this roll is a spicy tuna with a little flare. The spicy tuna was not too mushy, which i prefer.  Some sushi restaurants make their spicy tuna so smashed it ends up tasting like baby food.  Not here!
To the right you will see the black dragon roll, shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, topped with eel.  If you like eel, this one is for you.  The pieces of eel on top were Huge!

Red Dragon, PBJ, and Black Dragon

Yes, there is another platter of sushi.  Like they say either "go big or go home"; we definitely ordered big. The Volcano, Hawaiian district, and Daimyo were next up.  The Volcano is pretty traditional with baked seafood on top.  The Hawaiian district was a little different then our normal sushi choices.  Tuna, cucumber, cream cheese, and topped with Kiwi. It is a sweeter roll and a nice change up.  Lastly, one of my favorites of the night.  The Daimyo, yellowtail, tuna, salmon, avocado, scallion, and smelt roe.  Love the rolls with a ton of fish!  Excellent.

Volcano, Hawaiian District, and Daimyo

Yep, now we are full!  We had a great time at Kabuki.  The service was top notch and they were having just as much fun as we were.  The fish melted in your mouth (as it should when it is fresh).  Everything was made to order.  The prices are reasonable, especially for the size of the rolls.  My favorite sushi place will always be Too Bizaare, but I must say Kabuki is a great slightly cheaper alternative.  I look forward to returning back.
I recommend taking advantage of happy hour, where they serve 1/2 priced cocktails, $2.50 beers, and discounted sushi.

Try Kabuki, I think you will agree this new sushi place is nice addition to Palm Beach Gardens.

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5080 PGA Blvd Suite 105
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

CHARLEY'S CRAB - Palm Beach, FL

For Mother's Day we were looking for a place that had a water view as well as somewhere we would not normally go to during the weekend.  We wanted to make the day special. We decided to try Charley's Crab.    located on Palm Beach Island.  Charley's Crab has been around since the 80's.  Chuck Muer had opened the restaurant, however after his death the big chain, Landry's bought it out. If you are unaware, Landry's owns many different restaurants around the country.  Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Rainforest Cafe, and Morton's to name a few.  Before making a reservation, I was unaware that Landry's now owned Charley's Crab.  I actually thought it was a local establishment, so when I saw the Landry's logo on the menu, I became a little nervous about how enjoyable the new few hours would be.



When we arrived, I asked if we could be seated by the window.  One of the things that makes this restaurant so appealing is the view.  The restaurant overlooks the water and even though the road is in between the restaurant and the water, it is still a fine view.  A great place to watch the sunset!

We started with a glass of wine and our waiter brought us a delicious bread basket.



















For appetizers we tried the Dynamite Scallops and the Crab, Avocado, and Mango Stack.  The Dynamite Scallops were fantastic.  If you like the spicy sauce in spicy tuna roll or the sauce on bang bang shrimp, I think you will devour these dynamite scallops.  A must order!  One of my favorite things all night!

Dynamite Scallops

The Crab, Avocado, and Mango stack is not an item I would recommend.  Brandt and I are experts at these "stacks".  Crab or tuna stacks are very popular among menus these days and always something we try.  I did not care for this stack because the crab was mixed with mayonnaise. I would suggest using fresh crab with a little lime and cilantro.  This would have made it much tastier.

Crab, Avocado, and Mango Stack

For the entree's....Well it is called Charley's Crab, so why not devour in some expensive crab??  Yes, Brandt's Mom, Brandt and myself all treated ourselves to the Alaskan King Crab Legs.  They were delicious, but costly.  Coming in at a little over fifty dollars for a pound (not sure if it was maybe a pound and half), we made sure we ate every last bite!  The crab was delicious and melted in your mouth!

Alaskan King Crab Legs

Brandt's Dad did not follow the crowd and enjoyed the AppleJack Grouper that was topped with apples and sun dried cherries that are simmered in a sweet bourbon reduction.  A different spin on grouper for sure!

AppleJack Grouper

Yep, we still wanted dessert!

Brandt's mouth was watering for chocolate, so we ordered one of their signature desserts, Chocolate Truffle Cake.  Chocolate cake with molten chocolate center and frangelico creme anglaise. Topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and Heath Bar. YUMMMM!!

Chocolate Truffle Cake

We also ordered a slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce. The chocolate cake was much more exciting and tastier.

Cheesecake


Charley's Crab has a nice atmosphere and has become a staple on the Island. Go to Charley's Crab for a nice view of the water, but be prepared to spend some dough.  The food was good and we did have a nice server, however I am not sure for the cost it is actually worth it.  It is Palm Beach though, everything is a little pricier here.  At the end of the night, we had a great dinner with lots of laughs and lots of wine.  No one was "crabby" when we left!

Cheers!


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Charley's Crab
456 South Ocean Blvd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561.659.1500


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