Kaori is a little place located off Chapman and Harbor, in the same tiny area with Chronic Tacos, Grits, and Philly Cheesesteak. The place used to be located across the street, on the other side of Harbor Blvd, but moved due to construction of the Fox Theater. Not only is the restaurant tiny, so is their parking lot, so use the parking lot next door.
When you walk in, you’re instantly greeted and asked if you want a table or to sit at the coveted sushi bar. The sushi bar, like the restaurant, is small, so we chose a table. Like the restaurant, the table is small, or actually narrow. Be prepared to be creative in moving dishes while you eat.
Karen is not huge sushi eater, and fortunately their menu has non sushi items like their bento boxes with steak and chicken teriyaki, or they have tempura and udon noodles.
We decided to share a tuna handroll. Karen chose the shrimp tempura udon, while I went for a medley of sushi: tuna cut roll, a tuna handroll with avocado and crabmeat, and a spider roll, which is a soft shell crab and crabmeat.
Moments later, Karen’s shrimp was served separately from the noodles, allowing her to control how saturated she wanted her shrimp to be in the soup. The portion was decent, and not bad for $10.
My sushi was exactly what I wanted, and prepared just the way I expected it to be. It had been a long time since I had a simple sushi meal, and it hit the spot.
I wish they did provide complimentary soup or even tea. Aside from the bento box, everything seems a la carte, which can definitely add up. Our 4 items, before tip came to $33.