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Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar Restaurant Review: While New Orleans is now flush with sushi restaurants, Kyoto used to be about the only destination for Japanese fare. Today, Kyoto sits as the “elder statesman” among a variety of dining options in an area of town that was once light on restaurants. The 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 full menu of fried, grilled and seared 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. 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 there is ample cold saké and beer. Whatever else you order, do not miss out on the banana tempura with black sesame ice cream.