May 14, 2016

Food: GLORIOUS Food (And the Breakup of the Ramen Empire)

For almost 30 years, Kappo Nara was one of the best Japanese restaurants in Virginia, with a vast menu that included sushi, steaks and the particular take on seafood they have around Nagasaki. Sadly, it closed two years ago. However, it was resurrected last year as a chain of very nice Ramen Houses on the south side of the Roads. Those stores are mainly Ramen eateries now (though they do serve curry).  While there have been lots of Japanese restaurants, there has never been an actual, genuine ramen shop here before, so these  are a welcome addition to the southside's food scene, particularly as their dishes (er, bowls) are outstanding examples of the noodle chef's art. 

Currently there are two of these awesome little establishments, one is near ODU on 21st street in Ghent (set back, behind the bank) and one is at 989 Kempsville road in Virginia Beach. Both are superb. 

Meanwhile, back on the Peninsula, near where the old Kappo Nara once stood, One of the old shop's Chefs decided to not move to the southside and instead set up, with a partner of Thai extraction, an asian fusion restaurant. 

To avoid any confusion he named this establishment Kappo Nara

There is no sushi here, but there is a bunch of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, an exuberantly gay waiter and the food one might get at an actual Japanese steak house in Japan...including the Teppan Steak.

Those who who are from this area just had their ears perk up...

Yes. That steak. The one we thought was lost forever still lives! (Full disclosure: when you get it it's actually quite dead and sizzling in an inimitable sauce.)
Kappo Nara Asian Cuisine (which is not affiliated with Kappo Nara Ramen) is at the corner of Denbigh and Warwick in Newport News. 

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