This Leawood hot spot is a sushi joint that occupies the same building as the Aloft Hotel in Park Place, at 115th and Ash. Although it's very see-and-be-seen, people do come for the sushi, brought out by very hot, very young-looking servers. But late at night, when the DJ is bumpin' and the martinis are sloshin', the crowd of cougars and fresh-faced males are on the prowl inside, at the bar and on the patio that spills out onto the sidewalk. It's kind of like what Kona Grill used to be like when the new college grads moved to the Plaza. Today, more of those college grads are moving back into south JoCo, and invading Ra one pair of stilettos and loafers at a time.

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Ra Sushi is as polished and smooth as a moonstone and does for sashimi and sushi rolls what a rival chain, P.F. Chang’s, does for Hunan pork and Mandarin chicken: The dishes become seriously less ethnic, more of an experience than a meal. The servers all speak perfect English, and the restaurant is enclosed by a dark, loud and sexy nightclub. The ambience may drive some people crazy - even at lunch, it’s difficult to have an intimate conversation - but it’s hard not to like Ra Sushi. The place runs like a dream: The food arrives in minutes because this restaurant’s kitchen crew arrives early and preps the food with the precision of a state-of-the-art industrial factory. Dumplings are ready in a flash, which may be the operative word because many dishes are flash-fried: gyoza dumplings and squares of tofu; tempura shrimp; and even the most flamboyant of the sushi rolls, the Viva Las Vegas. And unlike a lot of drab, local sushi palaces, Ra Sushi has sex appeal to spare. — Charles Ferruzza

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Price: $$-$$$
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards, cash

Parking: Free, Lot Available


Reservations: Not Accepted


Extra Info: Noise Level: Loud

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