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New Sushi Spot In Two Weeks

We are really excited about Kakui, a new sushi spot that’s scheduled to open in two weeks.  Today we stopped by this former Jamba Juice location to check the progress, and you don’t see much that makes you think “banana smoothie” anymore.

Years ago, there was a 50’s era restaurant here and maybe some features will re-emerge now.  Much of the exterior stucco has been removed, and you see a nice wood-topped entry instead.

We took a quick look inside.  The first thing that stands out is an elegant north wall with vertical cut-outs for sake.  A sushi bar takes its position on the opposite side, but doesn’t overwhelm the place.  Although Kakui’s tables and chairs were wrapped up, some espresso wood pieces peeked out.

Fortunately we ran into the proprietor, Yingji Huang, who was overseeing all the preparations today.  He’s eager to fill the gap for a top-notch sushi restaurant, and we can’t argue with that goal.  While Toshi Sushi is not far away, some serious competition is a very good thing!

Back in 2008, we asked about your Asian food consumption and half reported eating sushi once or twice monthly.  The most ardent sushi eaters didn’t stick around much at all, traveling to Berkeley and even San Francisco for fresh fish morsels.

My sense (and hope) is that Kakui will shine – and look forward to giving it a test run soon.

More info:  Kakui is at 2060B Mountain Blvd, in Montclair Village.  You may reach them at (510) 338-1188.

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8 Responses to “New Sushi Spot In Two Weeks”


  1. 1 Darby
    February 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Any news on what may go in to the space previously occupied by La Salsa?

  2. 2 montclairoak
    February 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    So far, the place is getting gut renovated and readied for its next tenant. According to workmen, there’s a new landlord. However they didn’t believe a new tenant had been lined up yet.

  3. 3 UK Montclarion
    February 5, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Another eatery in the pipeline looks good to me, as a new arrival in the area I am impressed with the Village and any new eateries the better.

  4. 4 Andy K
    February 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

    When do we get another coffee shop?

    Also, how about a review of the new hummus place on Moraga. Been there once – it was great. A nice alternative to a burrito or pizza slice. Their location is not the greatest, so, they could use a plug.

  5. 7 Pete
    February 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    OK. The sushi place looks great. Now can we please get a facelift for Flippers!

  6. 8 montclairoak
    February 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    FYI, I took an updated image of Kakui topper with their new sign (see post above). It looks even classier, right? Now for the opening!

    P.S. I like to think about a changing ecosystem, where Kakui provides a kick start.


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