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Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar Restaurant Review: Kyoto prides itself on being the “elder statesman” among a plethora of sushi restaurants in the metro New Orleans area. Crisply simple décor supports the straightforward approach it takes with the food. Sushi and rolls are available with brown or white rice, and sashimi platters show unimpeachable freshness. A menu of seafood and meats includes such dishes as seared rare tuna topped with avocado and awash in a gingery vinaigrette. Just as good are the salmon steak sizzling in its pungent teriyaki sauce, and the fat green mussels baked in an egg sauce. We also recommend the tempura and the mushroom salad. A handmade wooden sushi bar lines one full wall. Sit at the low wooden bar in front or at a table in one of the airy and inviting dining rooms. Bar offerings are limited due to the space, so the wines are mostly basic Californian selections, but you'll find ample cold saké and beer. Don’t miss out on the banana tempura with black sesame ice cream or the cheesecake tempura.