DINING > SMALL BITES KABUKI, COMPLIMENTS OF THE SUSHI CHEF.
Some sushi bars give their best customers little free extras as they work their way through the dining experience.
Sometimes it's a fresh fruit arrangement at the end. But generally such bonuses go only to those who are deemed regulars or big spenders.
The local Kabuki Japanese restaurant chain, however, is going one step further this summer.
Kabuki, with locations in Woodland Hills, Burbank, Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Pasadena, Huntington Beach, Cerritos and Rancho Cucamonga, is introducing "tsukidashi," the Japanese form of the French "amuse bouche," a complimentary beginning appetizer or tidbit, courtesy of the chef.
Traditionally, these free morsels are palate stimulants made with salmon, halibut, giant clam and other sashimi-type offerings.
Kabuki, which has two new locations slated in Arizona this fall, has a special summer menu addition featuring several snack and larger plated items along with new Japanese vodka mixtures. Information: (818) 567-0050.
Free lunch, free trips
Islands, the 60-location premium burger chain, is celebrating its 25th year by presenting random free lunches weekdays in its restaurants along with 25 $25 gift cards each week during this month and next.
As part of its "Chillin' & Grillin' Since '82" promotion, free trips to Hawaii are also being given away.
Special anniversary T-shirts are being sold, and a commemorative hand-crafted brew, Islands Golden Ale, is being poured. Information: www.islandsrestaurants.com.
Sips and nibbles
The fourth QT's Chicago Dogs has opened at 21768 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. QT's, with other locations in Sherman Oaks, Northridge and Reseda, brings in its all-beef franks from Chicago along with Chicago-produced Polish sausage, pastrami and roast beef. Information: (818) 993-1999. ... The first 100 customers at the new Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, 43530 10th St. W., Lancaster, on Thursday (opening at 10 a.m.) will receive free fish tacos along with gift cards for one free meal per week for a year. Information: (661) 945-1546. ... Remodeled CaBrea, 346 S. La Brea Ave., closed for nine months due to a fire, finally reopened Thursday with chef-owner Antonio Tommasi at the helm. Information and reservations: (323) 938-2863. ... Another reopening, that of Sebastian's, 10057 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, on Saturday, brings back the outdoor-indoor cafe with a liquor license and revised menu. Information: (818) 509-8405. ... Latest in the renewed frozen yogurt craze is Red Mango, which opened 10 days ago in Westwood Village at 10942 Weyburn Ave. Information: (310) 209-0194. ... Scheduled for an October debut at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd. in Claremont is Astuce, specializing in contemporary Western European fare.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jul 20, 2007|
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