by Ian McNulty
The name of the latest restaurant to join Lakeview’s commercial corridor is a mouthful, but if you know your way around the standard New Orleans-area Japanese restaurant menu you should feel pretty comfortable here.
Lakeview Pearl Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro opened last week, and it’s really the last part of that name that you should keep in mind. The extensive menu is largely devoted to sushi and the roster of cooked appetizers, tempura or teriyaki combos familiar from other Japanese restaurants. If the Asian bistro notion brings to mind more of a pan-Asian approach, you can find a sideline of Chinese-American dishes, like kung pao shrimp or sweet and sour chicken and a Thai curry fried rice.
Lakeview Pearl has a prominent corner location at Canal Boulevard and Harrison Avenue in a newly-built structure it shares with a salon. It’s a midsize, family-friendly restaurant with a mix of tables and booths, a sushi bar and outdoor seating on a small front porch. There’s a full bar and Lakeview Pearl serves lunch and dinner daily.
In other sushi news, there’s a new Japanese restaurant on the edge of the Fontainbleau/Carrollton area (or, as this particular pocket is more properly but obscurely known, Marleyville).
Asuka Sushi & Hibachi recently took over the small spot that had been Kobe Teriyaki, a quick-serve Japanese concept that proved short-lived. Asuka has a more extensive Japanese menu, with a full array of raw sushi bar items and grilled hibachi-style dishes. Lunch specials are particularly good deals here, with plenty of sushi and hibachi combos for under $10, and on the other end of the spectrum the restaurant also prepares large party platters to serve between five and 10 people. Asuka serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
Meanwhile, one of the best-established names in the local sushi game has a new address. Little Tokyo has locations in Mid-City, Carrollton and Metairie now, but it started out back in 1986 at 1521 N. Causeway Blvd. Over the spring, Little Tokyo closed this original location and reopened about a half-mile up the road at 2300 N. Causeway Blvd., just off the I-10 cloverleaf. It’s a much larger location, with a pair of private dining/party rooms equipped with karaoke machines. This new Little Tokyo also keeps pretty late hours, serving from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Lakeview Pearl Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro
6300 Canal Blvd., (504) 309-5711
Asuka Sushi & Hibachi
7912 Earhart Blvd., (504) 862-5555
2300 N. Causeway Blvd., (504) 831-6788