1017 Galleria Blvd., Roseville
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.
Dinner: 4-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4-9 p.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday
The real steal: Drinks such as Kaizen's four draft beers and Geikkekan hot sake are $3.50. Domaine St. Michelle sparkling wine and Beringer Founders Estate wine, as well as house wines by the glass, are $5. For $7, Kaizen offers chilled Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake, which is unfiltered, and Haiku Chilled Sake, which is filtered.
Appetizers include the $3 wakame seaweed salad, $4 crispy gyoza and California roll and $5 Fair Oaks roll. The barbecue albacore tuna appetizer runs $6 and albacore pepperfin is $9.
The vibe: The restaurant is family-friendly, but still hip and playful, with colorful walls, plenty of paintings and an oversized, hand-carved, metallic octopus hovering above.
Artwork featuring Japanese words for "hope," "dream," and "mikuni" which means kingdom of God were drawn by Mikuni founder Koki Arai, and painted by David Garibaldi, a recent finalist on "America's Got Talent." Other Garibaldi paintings at the restaurant include an image of Albert Einstein.
Garibaldi created a separate "Hope" painting as part of a fundraiser for tsunami survivors in Japan. Mikuni and Bayside Church in Roseville teamed up for this fundraiser and auctioned off this painting. A loyal restaurant patron purchased the image, then returned it to the restaurant. Even now, Garibaldi gets requests for duplicates.
The one-of-a-kind sushi and alcohol bar is composed of coins and knickknacks including a piece of a wristwatch from Koki Arai's travels.
Signature drink: A beer-and-sake combo. Sapporo and Kirin beer are $3.50, and often are paired with the $3.50 Geikkekan hot sake or the $7 chilled Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake.
Alternative libations: Kaizen's cocktails are not part of happy hour, but these $8 to $8.50 drinks are not something you will find elsewhere. Options include sake cocktails such as the momo, or a drink that comes with an edible flower bud on the side the lychee shock. The lychee shock is made with Absolut vodka, triple sec, sweet and sour, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and fresh lychee juice. It is garnished with a lychee and comes with an umami bud on the side.
This sweet drink can be served as a shooter, but the best way to have it is to sip it, then nibble on the flower bud. The flower bud creates a sort of numbing sensation in your mouth, along with a slightly salty taste to complement the sweetness of the exotic fruit.
Hideaway Bar & Grill
2565 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon- 2 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday
Happy hour: 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 p.m.-close Sunday
The deals: Well drinks and Olympia draft beers are $2. Appetizers are full-priced but affordable. Olympia-battered onion rings are $5; and the mac 'n' cheese is $8.
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