Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe Phx AZ

Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe is one of my all time favorite restaurants when I’m in Arizona! The food is always fresh and delicious; however the service always lacks desire. This is definitely a place that requires a good 2 hour serving for dinner, so be prepared. For lunch you can be out in an hour, but you will have to keep on top of the server for your check and then beg them to take payment! They slack big time in this sense, not sure why.

It pays that the food is always fresh and very tasty, not to mention very affordable. I love the sushi. Even though they don’t offer a big variety, they always have fresh fish, served in very tasty combinations. My favorite rolls are the crunchy eel roll, the dragon roll and the Caterpillar roll. A great twist is the pasta offerings. My favorite pasta is the Penne Al Arrabiata because its spicy and delicious! The servings of their pasta is large enough for me to have enough left over for lunch the next day too. They used to serve a complimentary slice of banana bread that is absolutely divine- however these days you have to pay for it. They always have fresh desserts too!

This place is great for dates, long conversations and those who need to stretch their time together. Everything is wonderful and you will be pleasantly surprised with the beautiful decor in a strip mall….. you’ll feel as though you have entered another land once you walk through the doors, because its so cute and quaint, definitely not what you’d expect. Go try this place, you’ll love it!!!

Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe
914 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-248-9090
http://cherryblossom-az.com

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Tempe AZ

I love sushi and I love this place. After arriving around 7:30pm, our server promptly arrived for our drink order. We ordered a bottle of the plum wine it was delicious. For an appetizer we ordered the seafood salad, which was a generous heaping of crab, tons of baby scallops and shrimp over a bed of mixed greens with a ginger dressing, cucumber and carrots, as well as the yellow tail & maguro sushi, the eel, crab and avacodo roll & the fried california roll served on eel sauce. Every dish was very fresh and tasty. The last roll melted in my mouth, their California rolls have a crab mix inside, which was my only complaint, except when its deep fried.  the free serving of edamame was a nice start too!

The first time we tried kabuki was on my sisters birthday in July. She had a group of 15 and they were very accomodating, even dressed and presented our own cake brought into the restaurant for her. For a big group, they did a phenomenal job, even with all the split checks “Oye vei” just the thought. Oh yeah speaking of head effecting, we all had a popper that makes a bang when you pull the string and at the blow of the candles we pulled the strings. even with all the loud pops and the stares, the servers, managers and busers were so nice, not saying a word or frowning on it.  (but don’t try this unless your ready for the repercussions). ENJOY and make sure, that if you don’t want a big ‘o roll to eat, order the cut rolls as the hand rolls are always very big.

The best part about eating at Kabuki is the nice walk around the Tempe Marketplace. Its a strip mall-turned outdoor entertainment haven for tourist, but its people watching at its best. The only problem about the T.Mp. is that its located in an akward area, with one way in and one way out, and the traffic in & out sucks, while at times the parking is worse, but get over it, enjoy the company your with and get your Kabuki on!

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant located in the Tempe Marketplace
2000 East Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-350-9160
http://kabukirestaurants.com