In Photos: Kashi Japanese in Rockville Centre
Among the many restaurants that are in Rockville Centre sits its newest shining star, Kashi Japanese. A sister-restaurant to their other busy location on the north shore’s equivalent to Rockville Centre, Huntington Village (both with busy village atmospheres), Kashi will make you feel blue, but not in the way that you might be thinking. If you’re familiar with Rockville Centre, you’ll know that parking is something of a premium, especially on busy weekend nights. Although we did not know it at the time and we were lucky to find a spot just across Sunrise Highway – a 2-minute walk away, they do offer curbside valet parking if you are dining in the restaurant. The interior decor of Kashi is pretty unique to these parts East of NYC. The loungy vibe and dimly lit, swank interior is bathed in a blue hue, something that is a signature to the Kashi restaurants. The restaurant is broken into three distinct and separate areas. Once you make your way to the top of the stairs (blue, of course) you hit the bar / lounge area just to the left of the hostess station. It’s a pretty wide open area that has several high tables and a bar to get your drinks. At our visit there was a private birthday party taking up most of the lounge area, but once the DJ started his set at 10pm most of that space had cleared out and was filled with a healthy amount of new faces. Beyond the bar area is the sushi bar / dining room, for those who are not looking to dine hibachi style. Since this is a hybrid hibachi / sushi restaurant, the remainder of the space inside is delegated to the hibachi crowd with two large rooms devoted to the unmistakeable grills. The restaurant was crowded, even for Rockville Centre standards. We arrived at 7pm for our reservation for eight people and by the time that we left at 10:30pm diners were still arriving in droves to have dinner, with all areas of the restaurant still occupied. In the hibachi room they can place two sets of tables together with an extension to parties of 20+ were able to dine together. We noticed a few of these situations. To start off our hibachi meal, we decided that between the table we would order a few rolls of sushi to arrive as an appetizer. Being that the restaurant focuses as much on their sushi as they do on their hibachi, there were some interesting and creative special rolls to order. Between us we enjoyed the Paradise Roll (spicy lobster, shrimp tempura & fried banana wrapped in soy paper and topped with a mango sauce), Valentine Roll (crunchy spicy tuna inside with fresh tuna on the outside) and the American Dream Roll (shrimp tempura topped with spicy lobster, kani and a spicy creamy sauce). All of the rolls went over really well and on our next visit to Kashi we will be sitting in the sushi dining room and exploring the menu just a bit deeper. True to hibachi, the chefs are the focus of the meal. Each one has their own style and depending on who has been tapped to cook for you can dictate your experience. The chefs here at Kashi go that extra mile to showcase the best of their personality, and with it, their expert showmanship. We were engaged with him the entire meal and in the end, the meal tasted as great as the show. We certainly expect that we’ll be back to Kashi in the future. With so many restaurants on Long Island, this is a unique hotspot that doesn’t feel as large as it actually is. The service was attentive, the wait time for our table was as advertised and the quality of the food matched the quality of the decor. This is one Japanese restaurant that we can rally behind.
222 Sunrise Highway
Rockville Centre, NY 11570