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Sapporo reopened after extensive renovations

One of Louisville’s oldest and most established sushi and Japanese steakhouses, Sapporo, at 1706 Bardstown Rd., is open again after extensive renovations that have expanded the sushi bar, remodeled the kitchen, added a new dining area for private parties and replaced the flooring. All this was done in less that two months, a remarkably short turn-around. Continue reading Sapporo reopened after extensive renovations

$10 Challenge: Wild Ginger Sushi & Fusion

This challenge is a failure that is indeed a success. As the title suggests, my goal is to spend just $10 on a meal at a local Louisville restaurant. However, the expanded bento box lunch menu at Wild Ginger was an intriguing enough deal to spotlight for this column, even though the price surpasses my self-imposed limit.

Wild Ginger, located on Bardstown Road, is a sushi restaurant with a healthy heap of Asian fusion. Wild Ginger’s lunch menu had previously featured bento boxes, which owner Jenny Wang says were popular among with the midday crowd. A bento box is a single-portion meal common in Japanese cuisine that is served in a partitioned container. Bento boxes usually contain some combination of rice, fish, meat and vegetables. In response to the positive feedback, Wild Ginger expanded their bento box menu from just a handful to 11 different types of boxes. Continue reading $10 Challenge: Wild Ginger Sushi & Fusion

Kobe Profile

Tucked away at the foot of Clark Memorial Bridge on the north bank of the Ohio River, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse was a pioneer in introducing Japanese dining to Southern Indiana 14 years ago. It has proven itself tenacious and effective in drawing, educating, and pleasing a diverse clientele from both sides of the river.

Billed as a Japanese steakhouse, seafood and teppanyaki restaurant, Kobe offers a broad selection of Japanese dishes and a strong sushi program. In a muted, modern Japanese-style interior, combining taupe and bold red walls accented with bamboo, globe paper lanterns, and a playfully huge ceremonial paper dragon dancing towards the entrance, Kobe offers intimate seated dining, group-friendly teppanyaki tables (where chefs cook meat and fish at tabletop grills while flashily handling knives), and a long, traditional sushi bar. Continue reading Kobe Profile

Sapporo Profile

One of Louisville’s most popular sushi venues is the creation of Mi and U Kim, who met over a sushi bar where U was the chef and Mi an enthusiastic customer.

“In a short time we married and then decided to travel, Atlanta, Virginia, Alabama, trying different things along the way,” family spokesperson Mi Kim said. “We returned to Louisville where my mother lives and decided in 1998 to combine our skills to open Sapporo out in Middletown. It was only the fourth Japanese-style restaurant in Louisville, compared to 200 in Atlanta. Here people were still afraid of eating raw fish, so we thought it might take a while but that someday it was going to happen here. I guess we were lucky. We didn’t advertise but were really busy from the start.” Continue reading Sapporo Profile

Arata Sushi Profile

One of the more recent dedicated sushi bars making a name for itself is Arata Sushi on Louisville’s East side in Prospect. Opened in 2011 by Paras and Detak Tiwari, experienced investors with a string of eating properties around town, Arata distinguishes itself with an unwavering focus on quality food prepared by experienced chefs in an upscale, modern setting.

It’s nestled in a strip development along a busy highway so one has to be careful turning in, but once there you enter a setting — put together by local restaurant design maven Dennis Tapp — more typical of cosmopolitan centers like Los Angeles, New York, or South Beach. Continue reading Arata Sushi Profile

Bento box lunches in the Highlands

Wild Ginger, 1700 Bardstown Rd., is beginning a lunch service of bento boxes, the popular Asian multi-course packaged lunch to go.  The 11 selections include teriyaki California with chicken or shrimp teriyaki or beef bulgogi, Katsu bento with chicken, a 5-piece chef’s choice sashimi or sushi, and eel or salmon teriyaki — all served with 4 pieces of California roll; or a maki combo with California, spicy tuna and cucumber rolls, and a yum yum combo with yum um and spicy tuna rolls. Continue reading Bento box lunches in the Highlands