Kobe Surf & Turf
● By Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
The quaint shopping center known as Burke Junction may not seem like the place to find a hip wine bar, seafood, steaks or sushi, but you’ll find all four swinging in the sprawling 3,600-square-foot, recently opened Kobe Surf & Turf.
Kobe Sushi and Grill formerly occupied the space; new owners Katie and Michael Yang retained the former owner as a chef to update and expand the previous menu. The chef’s penchant for mixing new American with traditional sushi is apparent in the playful appetizer: crispy spicy tuna poppers. The dish seems to hint at a jalapeño popper, with crunchy and chewy deep-fried balls of rice topped with soft spicy tuna, a slice of jalapeño and stripes of delicious creamy sauces.
The menu is sectioned into two main categories: surf and turf (of course!) and sushi. The surf and turf side boasts one of the restaurants most popular dishes, fish (or shrimp) and chips, with the seafood component coated with a potato batter, rather than the traditional beer. Those looking for a meatier selection should go for the half-pound buffalo burger—served on crusty ciabatta bread—with a side of fries; it’s been a favorite with customers since the new menu debuted. Lovers of spicy food will blush in a heartbeat when they try the aptly named Kill Me roll on the sushi menu, which features spicy tuna and jalapeños topped with salmon and scallions, then served with a ghost chili hot sauce.
If you can’t take the heat, try one of the bento box combos, filled with steamed rice, mixed salad with a creamy dressing, snappy vegetable tempura, your choice on a side of meat, as well as your pick of sushi, sashimi or gyoza.
If you somehow manage to save room for dessert, try the sinful tempura cheesecake or the refreshing melon bars, which come pre-packaged so you can keep the flavor fest rolling on the ride home.
Kobe Surf & Turf, 3300 Coach Lane, Suite C-1, Cameron Park, 530-672-9210, kobesurfnturf.com.