Delray Beach, FL — Kyoto Sushi Sake Lounge

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Published on: October 24, 2004
Kyoto Sushi Sake Lounge
25 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 208
Delray Beach, FL
(561) 330-2275
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When I searched the web for reviews of Florida Gold Coast sushi restaurants, Kyoto was near the top of all the lists. It is located just off Atlantic Avenue in the resort town of Delray Beach. There is a little plaza out front and Kyoto has several tables outside. The night I went there was some sort of city festival and live music.

This is a place to see and bee seen. The crowd is young and affluent. The music is pumped out loud and there is always a steady beat. Above the sushi bar there are two TVs so I could watch the Red Sox in over the Yankees in the ALCS Game 7. the middle TV plays a live feed of the senior sushi chef making rolls.

It was fascinating to see the artistic creations he managed to build. I was intrigued by the exotic combinations he used.

Unfortunately for all the hype and trendiness, Kyoto did not live up to its reputation. I sat at a table and the sevice was only fair. My waiter got my order wrong and he did not know the current availability of items. I ordered live scallops and giant clam. It took the waiter two trips to inform me that they were out of both. The nigiri was good quality. Compared to the exotic rolls which were truly works of art, the rather pedestrian salmon and cream cheese roll I ordered was mediocre. It was made by the second tier chef and it showed.

I don’t mean to be overly critical — this is the sort of sushi bar I visit most often. If Kyoto were in Illinois or Oklahoma, I would stop on every trip. But located where you can smell the saltwater and two blocks from the excellent Yama — Kyoto is only average.

Kyoto Sushi Sake Lounge: 3 rice bowls * * * * *
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