The other night we dined in Japan without having to board an airplane.
We feasted on monkfish liver, mountain potatoes and inaniwa udon at a strip mall restaurant in Costa Mesa. Kappo Sui's daily menu is in Japanese, and we were the only patrons who couldn't read it.
Not to worry, there always is a charming and patient waitress who will guide you through the specials, and there's also a regular menu in English, as well. Kappo Sui is a great spot to try delicious authentic Japanese dishes of all types. You can get sushi and combo plates, but the kappo dishes are truly unique in Orange County.
Traditional kappo style refers to small plates that are served at the counter, where there is an interplay between the chef and the customer. Food is served directly as soon as it is made (a sushi bar is similar but is considered a special type of kappo, since they only serve cold food from the bar).