Let's put it this way: The sushi wasn't the only thing raw at RA Sushi's Mardi RA party last night.
The upscale sushi restaurant, a see-and-see-be-seen JoCo staple in the Park Place shopping center, lifted its top and let it all hang out for Fat Tuesday. The raucous Mardi Gras-themed celebration started with happy hour at 3 p.m. and lasted until 1 a.m. Colorful caution tape that read "Flying Bead Zone" stretched across one wall; glittering masks and strands of beads bedecked guests and tables; and the space between tables turned into a dance floor.
The happy-hour menu lasted all night and included drinks and dishes, from $3 to $8, designed just for the occasion: Cajun wings; creole peppers; and the Voodoo Roll, an elaborate tempura sushi with king crab, spicy tuna and jalapenos. I was more intrigued by the drink menu, which was the case for the majority of the crowd. I imagined that the King Cake Martini would taste similar to the traditional
police to complain of the noise from DJ Mike Scott's deafening dance
beats. Scott replied with a spirited "fuck you" and, after a brief lull
in the music, continued the party.
Any New Orleans native
may have scoffed at the suburban attempt at debauchery, but for the
Leawood crowd, RA earned itself a few strings of beads.