Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale
(other location in Tempe)
Thanks to the slick blue neon-lit bar, snazzy red accents and ultra-modern ambiance, you might feel inclined to forget about Kabuki’s Westgate City Center address and imagine you’ve jetted to Tokyo. Happy hour offers a long list of afternoon delights: All food items cost $3.50 to $5.95 and include the popular Firecracker (spicy diced tuna with chopped tomato, cilantro and egg roll chips); gyoza; and more than a dozen rolls, ranging from the standard California to a shrimp tempura roll. Even the out-of-place mozzarella tempura is a treat. Wash everything down with $1.95 Sapporo drafts or house sake; $3.25 house wines; or a saketini or Chu-hi (lychee, mango and peach shochu cocktail) for $5.95. 3-6 p.m. M-F.
4302 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(other locations in Scottsdale and
From the Plexiglas-topped fish pond underfoot to the retro-modern lounge decor accented with murky orange glow-lamps, this Old Town staple oozes cool. Sink into a plush booth and start with a specialty cocktail: Habitués’ faves are the Geisha a Go-Go with watermelon and vodka ($5.50) and the fiery Tokyo Red Light ($4.50) with jalapeño. Other drink deals include half-off Sapporo bombers, cold sake carafes, seasonal wines by the glass and fruit-flavored Skyy Infusions vodka cocktails. A long list of deals includes $2 edamame, $3 silky salmon nigiri, $4 delicate pork gyoza or spring rolls and a crunchy, creamy Las Vegas roll that’s totally worth $6.50. 3-7 p.m. M-F.
The Sushi Room
2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler
Like its sister restaurant, the adjacent Living Room, The Sushi Room offers subdued elegance with visual dazzle – we still can’t get over the living wall art, cherry blossom sculpture or eye-popping aquarium. (The misted patio isn’t bad, either.) Start with one of their many $5 specialty cocktails; the berry or blood orange martini can’t be beat, and the list includes both a classic or watermelon margarita, four mojitos and three skinny cocktails. The deals keep coming with hot sake ($2), drafts and wells ($3) and sake bombers ($4). Wines by the glass (17 of them!) and sangria are $5. Menu items cost $5, and the best bets are butterfish nigiri, spicy crab maki, crunchy rolls and chicken egg rolls. Food specials, 3-6 p.m. daily; drink specials, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
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