Kumo Hibachi & Sushi turns meal into leisure

Barbara Merkley

PORTAGE, MI — Think of Kumo Hibachi & Sushi as a few eating places in a single.

It is a common Japanese cafe with miso soup, udon noodle dishes and teriyaki.

It’s a sushi bar, with a extensive variety of sushi and sashimi.

It is also a hibachi cafe, in which diners can sit close to a hibachi grill and look at a chef exhibit off their knife competencies while cooking — turning an Asian supper into entertainment.

“We have eight hibachi grills” in the restaurant’s again home, Operator Jimmy Dong stated. Despite the fact that any individual can request a hibachi supper, the set up is specifically festive for birthday functions, corporate dinners and other specific functions, he claimed.

Dong, 43, emigrated from China to the U.S. when he was 17, to begin with landing in New York. He moved to Kalamazoo six yrs afterwards when he obtained the option to purchase the Campus Kitchen cafe near Western Michigan University.

Just after four a long time of managing Campus Kitchen area, Dong marketed it and opened Kumo Hibachi & Sushi in Portage. The cafe is found in the strip shopping mall at the southwest corner of South Westnedge Avenue and Mall Push.

Most Japanese restaurants in the United States exterior of huge metropolitan areas are run by Chinese or Koreans, he explained, so his decision to specialize in Japanese cuisine is not significantly abnormal.

Dong said he appreciated the idea of a sushi restaurant since it is “very balanced,” and “very purely natural.” But he also knew a lot of Midwestern palates aren’t amenable to dishes that require raw fish. So he created a extra expanded menu that contains a few different sections — just one for sushi and sashimi, 1 for hibachi and one for other Japanese dishes.

As a outcome, Kumo has an intensive 8-page menu, with a wide range of offerings and costs.

Just one could make a food of just appetizers — the miso soup is $1.95 a tasty seaweed salad is $5.95 the pork, shrimp or vegetarian dumplings are $5.95 an appetizer of evenly seared, skinny-sliced tuna served with dipping sauce is $12.95.

For sushi enthusiasts, Kumo presents 14 sushi entrees that come with soup or salad, paired with different mixtures of sushi and sashimi.

For those who don’t want uncooked fish, there is a vegetarian sushi plate ($18.95) with a shocking variety of fillings, from sweet potato tempura to pickled carrots to Japanese pickles. At the other end of the cost vary, diners can share the $77.95 “Love Boat,” which capabilities 18 pieces of sashimi, 12 items of assorted sushi and a “White Xmas roll,” which is whitefish, crab adhere, asparagus and product cheese is that deep fried and topped with jalapeno and eel sauce.

Not in the mood for a combo plate or want to produce your have? Not to fret. Kumo enables diners to invest in sushi or sashimi by the piece or by the roll, and has two pages of solutions.

Want a thing other than sushi? Turn the menu webpages to “Kitchen Entrees,” which involve teriyaki, katsu and noodle dishes, as very well as bento boxes.

Then there is the hibachi menu. All those dinners appear with soup or salad and vegetables, as selection of protein. A vegetarian hibachi meal is $14.95, rooster is $18.95, salmon is $21.95 and steak, shrimp or scallop hibachi is $23.95. There are also a variety of combos obtainable, which includes a $36.95 surf and turf showcasing lobster tail and filet mignon. The hibachi dinners contain a required 18% gratuity.

Kumo has a children’s menu as very well as lunch specials. (The hibachi lunches are priced from $10.95 to $15.95.) The cafe also has a entire bar amid the choices are sake, plum wine and Japanese soda.

Particularly with the hibachi grills, Dong explained his restaurant is a great decision for a distinctive party. “We like to rejoice with our buyers,” he said.

“We’ve been in organization a prolonged time,” he claimed. “We do our very best to provide the freshest foods and provide the ideal company.”

Kumo Hibachi & Sushi is positioned at 6396 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays by Thursdays 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and midday to 9 p.m. Sundays.

The restaurant’s telephone range is (269) 321-8870 and their menu can be viewed on the net at www.kumokzoo.com.

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