It’s easy to miss Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in Ridgeland, at first. But once you find it, you’ll find yourself there frequently.
Nestled in the Village Square Place plaza on Old Canton, home to Kathryn’s and adjacent to Freshway Produce, Kyoto is conveniently located for anyone in Ridgeland or near the Reservoir, since it’s just south of the Lake Harbour intersection. When you walk inside, you’ll notice the classic hibachi-family-style atmosphere, with seats surrounding big, clean hibachi tables (with some additional seating up front or at the bar, if you’re just there for the sushi or steak).
The animated hibachi chefs make the delicious hibachi a great call, especially if you’re bringing the kids – but don’t overlook the extensive steak offerings (New York Strip Steak, Filet Mignon, Teppan Sukiyaki Beef…) or the fresh sushi and seafood fare.
Having dined at Kyoto several times now, we pretty much always start with the squid salad, a perfectly portioned helping of fresh squid with cucumber and just enough citrus tang. On this most recent visit, we also indulged in another appetizer, the Tuna Tataki – seared edges on the lovely sashimi-grade tuna.
Of course, on the sushi front, the roll quality matters, and the rolls at Kyoto are solid. Take note, though: several rolls here bear the same names as rolls at other local sushi joints, but contain different ingredients, so read carefully before making your selection! Some of our favorites include the Rock-N-Roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, crabstick – fresh, great combination of raw-fish flavors), the Olympic Roll (the same ingredients – but with tempura, adding a lovely crunch!), and the classic California Roll (avocado, cucumber, and crab stick). The Spicy Scallop Roll, with pink sauce and a nice kick, is also good. And then there’s the Rainbow Roll.
And if you like finishing off your sushi with something a little sweet, may we recommend the tempura ice cream at Kyoto? Hot and cold, crisp and smooth, the perfect combination of flavors. Plus, since Kyoto is a new EatJXN card partner, you’ll get a dollar off this delish dessert.
Have you tried Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar? What’s your favorite roll? Tell us in the comments below!