Local Eats: Kyoto Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro
If you find yourself heading to your same go-to restaurants over and over but crave something new to spice things up, nothing hits the spot like fusion food. The unique flavor combos of multicultural cuisines really wake up your palate and introduce you to exciting new tastes you hadn’t imagined. One of Edmond’s newest eateries, Kyoto Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro, is keeping it hot with traditional Japanese fare kicked up a notch with Asian fusion and French flourishes. Conveniently tucked among the shops at Spring Creek, Kyoto’s stylish decor and easy vibe are a hit with lunch, dinner and late-night guests.
All about the sauce
As owner Jack Tan says, “When you come to a Japanese fusion place, you expect unique house-made sauces and things you can’t get everywhere else.” And this place delivers, with homemade spicy mayo, teriyaki, a delicious truffle sauce, and their popular XO Sauce (as in, hugs and kisses because you’ll love it!) flavored with dried scallops and ginger.
Make it sizzle
One of the menu highlights is the Sizzling Stone Pot. This steamy meal-in-one is layered with mixed veggies, fried rice, seaweed salad
and tamago–fluffy wedges of grilled egg–plus a choice of chicken, beef, seafood or steak, all in one savory pot. This hot little number is as visually and tastefully gratifying in a pot at the restaurant as it is in a to-go container at home.
If you’re in the mood for sushi, the extensive variety of specialty rolls at Kyoto does not disappoint. The Oklahoma Crave is a top pick, featuring smoked salmon, jalapeno and cream cheese, plated with tempura, tuna tataki, sweet chili sauce and scallions. Or try the new Fall Break with coconut shrimp, tempura kani and fried onion, finished with seared albacore, fried phyllo dough, masago, eel sauce and spicy mayo. Owner Tan also recommends The Great Wall and Tornado rolls. There’s even a low-carb option, the Naruto, featuring chef’s choice sashimi, avocado and kani, wrapped in cucumber and finished with ponzu sauce.
Ramen in the house
“We are the only place in Edmond where you can have both sushi and ramen,” Tan notes, “and our ramen is a specialty. The homemade broth is made with pork bone and is cooked for 14 hours. Our most popular ramen is Miso since people are more familiar with it and like the flavor.” Other selections include ground meat, vegetable, Shoyu, Tonkotsu and Tori Paitan.
A must-try at Kyoto is one of their creative drinks. “We spend a lot of time crafting the cocktails,” Tan comments. “It’s not a basic drink menu. Everything is self-crafted. The cucumber drinks are especially refreshing and they complement sushi and fresh fish very well.” Try the Cucumber Crisp or Cool Hand Cuke — the names are as crafty as the drinks.
Stop in for Happy Hour from 3-5pm every day and enjoy specials like a $4 California Roll, $5 Tempura Roll or 5-piece salmon sashimi for $7. Look for late night specials, too, Mon.-Sat. 9pm-close and Sun. 8pm-close.
Visit 1389 E. 15th St. in Spring Creek, Edmond or www.kyotosushibarok.com.