Bush Garden: A User’s Guide
Keywords: Japanese Cuisine | Karaoke | Late-Night Bar Menu | Open Since 1953
* Appetizer: tempura prawns and vegetables
* Entree: broiled black cod kasuzuke marinated in sake paste
* Sushi: Bamboo roll with eel, avocado, and cucumber
Brush Off Your Karaoke Favorites: Karaoke is one of Bush Garden’s main draws, beginning every night at 9:30 p.m., except Sundays, when it begins at 5 p.m.
If You Work Up an Appetite Singing: there’s a late-night menu serving calamari, yakitori, and deep-fried karaage chicken until midnight.
Conversation Starter: Bush Garden opened in 1953 and was once a ritzy destination, drawing visits from the likes of Joe DiMaggio and members of Japan’s royal family. Though the original owners, Roy and Joan Seko, sold the restaurant in 1996, one of today’s owners, Karen Sakata, was a Bush Garden waitress in the 1970s.
Where to Sit
Tatami Rooms: These private rooms, some of which seat up to 50 people, feature low-slung tables atop floors lined with tatami mats. These are ideal for larger parties, special events, or preventing misbehaving children from hiding under the table.
Booths: The booths run along the dining-room walls and feature dividers between each, allowing more privacy than typical booths.
Sushi Counter: Sit at the sushi counter to watch the chef expertly execute fresh-fish preparations.
Karaage: a Japanese dish prepared by marinating small pieces of meat (typically chicken) in a mix of sauces, dredging them flour, and then deep-frying them until crispy.
Sashimi: sliced raw fish or meat that, unlike sushi, is not served with rice.