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Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux opens 

  There's no lack of Japanese restaurants Uptown; the the most recent addition is Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux (7537 Maple St., 504 570-6440;, which opened in late August.

  The menu has the standard array of rolls, Japanese appetizers, teriyaki and noodle dishes but it also makes room for offbeat numbers like tempura-battered fish tacos with pickled cucumbers and "monki ribs," which are baby-back ribs with sweet Japanese-style barbecue glaze. There also are a few Thai dishes, like papaya salad, tom yum soup and pad thai. Most of the standard rolls cost $5 to $6, and Kakkoii's "designer rolls" are priced in the low- to mid-teens.

  The restaurant's name (pronounced ka-koy-ee) is Japanese slang for something cool. It's the first restaurant from a group of partners that includes James Vu and Toan Tran, whose family runs Pho NOLA (3320 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 504 941-7690;, a Vietnamese noodle shop.

  Kakkoii's address was most recently a pizzeria called Doors, which replaced the longtime Mexican restaurant Vera Cruz. A thorough overhaul has given the space a contemporary design.

  There's a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the bar and sushi bar only, with $3 sushi rolls and drink specials. Kakkoii serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and it stays open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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