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Kai Brings Sushi With Nightclub Vibes to Legacy West

Kai Brings Sushi With Nightclub Vibes to Legacy West
Alex Gonzalez
From the family behind Taverna, Toulouse and Bistro 31 comes Alberto Lombardi’s newest concept: Kai, an "original Asian restaurant with French influence" that opened Monday.

The most recent addition to Plano’s Legacy West shopping district, Kai is directly above Toulouse, Lombardi's popular French brasserie. It is a full-service sushi lounge complete with two bars, an open wok kitchen, 4K TV screens and a patio decked out with modern Asian-style furniture.

click to enlarge Okra at Kai, the latest concept from Lombardi Family Concepts. - ALEX GONZALEZ
Okra at Kai, the latest concept from Lombardi Family Concepts.
Alex Gonzalez
Last Wednesday, at a sneak peek of the restaurant, acrobats performed as diners tasted rolls and appetizers by head chef Kingshuk Dey, along with a few selections from Kai's cocktail menu. Perhaps the most notable cocktail of the night was the pear and lychee Martini, a sweet, milky cocktail with hints of pear.

Kai offers classic Americanized sushi rolls like spicy tuna and California, as well as in-house creations like the Kai Cucumber Roll, tuna, salmon, snow crab, shrimp, avocado, jalapeno and house-made vinaigrette wrapped in cucumber. Also popular: bone marrow braised with ginger teriyaki and spring onion and served with a side of melba toast.

With dramatic lighting and music, Kai's atmosphere feels like the closest thing Legacy West has to a nightclub — a nightclub with California rolls and an open kitchen.

Kai, 7301 Windrose Ave., Plano (Legacy West)
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Alex Gonzalez has been a contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2018. He is a Dallas native whose work has appeared in Local Profile, MTV News and the Austin American-Statesman. He has eclectic taste in music and enjoys writing about art, food and culture.
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