Ikura Hibachi and Sushi opens_lowres


After a a 10-year run in Mid-City, Little Tokyo closed last month, and a group of new owners have opened Ikura Hibachi and Sushi (310 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-485-5658; www.ikuranola.com) in the space. It serves a similar menu of traditional and creative sushi rolls, as well as new lunch and dinner items.

  Yusuke Kawahara opened the first of several Little Tokyo restaurants in Metairie in 1986. The local chain lost a few locations over the past several years.

  Ikura is the group's first collaborative restaurant project, said co-owner and manager Indra Soeseno. The group added five hibachi tables at the restaurant.

  Patrons of the former restaurant will notice that many of Ikura's menu items are almost identical to its predecessor.

  "We still have a lot of the same things, but we added more options for people that might want some other Asian dishes," Soeseno said. Those dishes include Japanese pork and chicken katsu, chicken and beef teriyaki, Korean bulgogi and Thai-style chicken satay, among others.

  There also are several ramen bowls, which include different iterations of the noodle soup topped with items such as grilled pork, slow-cooked pork ribs, buttered corn, melted cheese, seaweed, boiled egg and fried onions.

  The new restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily.