The chefs at Tians Sushi specialize in building sushi rolls with soft-shell crab, avocado, and barbecue eel. In addition to the array of fresh hand rolls, sashimi, and sushi pizzas, the chefs also head to the kitchen to grill jumbo shrimp and fry rice with beef and chicken.
Spicy or mild, classic or unexpected, or filled with tuna or pumpkin, the rolls and cones at Kojima Sushi dazzle palates with artfully curated flavor combinations. In addition to nigiri, sushi, sashimi, and maki, chefs fry golden-battered tempura and skewer barbecued chicken. Countless pages comprise the Kojima menu, offering taste buds of all stripes a satisfying feast.
Eating at Starry Night Restaurant provides a hip alternative to dining out under the night sky. Purple panels overhead are speckled with glowing dots and recessed lights, which surround a chandelier bristling with refractive glass. Beneath the cool hues, waiters carry plates of deep-fried spring rolls and chargrilled ribeye over to purple booths that curve along the walls. Seated in the downstairs lounge, diners can nibble on pan-seared halibut or an appetizing lighting fixture as they listen to live music on select nights.
A self-described "Japanese-style spaghetti dessert house," Cafe De Waraku serves up an unexpected hybrid of Japanese and Italian favourites. The pasta dishes are inspired by Japanese culinary tradition rather than straight Italian, but the kitchen does craft favourites such as beef ravioli and pizza fresh from a wood oven along with pub-style starters and a sprawling selection of sweets. Lavender cheesecake and rose cheesecake end meals, and fork tines can impale black-sesame cake, tiramisu, and crème brûlée.
After formally studying the culinary arts in Japan, Hanamura Japanese Restaurant's chef spent 20 years accruing experience and perfecting the staples that now fill his menu. Served in a pastel-green dining room with large bamboo shoots stationed between tables, the seasonally changing entrees evoke a trans-Pacific feel. Carefully arranged schools of sushi and sashimi line plates, and orders of tempura vegetables and seafood emerge from the kitchen as crispy as an autumn leaf covered with potato chips.
Boxes of neatly arranged sushi rest in gleaming display cases at Hiro Japan, where customers can pick up a quick meal of steaming noodles or dive into an array of specialty rolls. The eatery emphasizes its healthy ingredients, which include avocado rich in vitamin E, raw fish filled with omega-3 fatty acids, and nori—edible seaweed brimming with iron, iodine, and calcium. Behind the counter, chefs incorporate these nutritious fixings into rolls, Japanese rice bowls, udon soup, and love letters to their cardiologists.