Exposed wood beams and shoji-screen-like latticework re-create the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese house inside Koto Buki's dining room. The cuisine also keeps it authentic—udon noodles, curry rice, stir-fried veggies, and teriyaki sauce serve as the base for a choice of meats, and shy vegetables hide inside fried batter in tempura dinners. Like the butlers who prepare Richie Rich's Christmas gifts to his pet shark, chefs expertly slice and wrap dozens of sushi choices, from traditional slabs of sashimi on beds of rice to inventive specialty rolls with names such as Crazy Boy, Ninja, Vegas, and Kiss of Fire.
Chefs disregard international boundaries at the appropriately named Fusion Bistro. Instead of sticking to the cuisine of one nation, they cook up some of the world’s most popular dishes, from sushi and sashimi to pizza and chicken wings. Some of the bistro’s more eclectic offerings include the spicy-chicken roll and the whimsical Sarah Palin roll, which wraps salmon, avocado, and cucumber slices in a voter’s ballot. Just as inventive is the bar’s martini list, which features more than 30 fruity, chocolaty, and dirty variations of the classic cocktail.
Yotsuba’s skilled sushi chefs sprinkle fresh fish and organic seaweed with low-sodium soy sauce brewed in-house. Tempura and teriyaki dishes steam atop low tables in the West Bloomfield location’s tatami room, where cushy legless seats host floor-level dining in traditional Japanese style. High-backed booths and bar seating at both locations raise patrons off the ground for views of chopstick-wielding chefs tapping out the drum solo from "Wipeout" behind the sushi bar.
The chefs at Makkara Sushi & Japanese Grocery bridge the distance between oceans and palates with a menu of hand-rolled sushi creations that range from vegetarian rolls to tender nigiri pieces. House specialties such as the futomaki roll ($10.99)—eight pieces of crab and barbecued eel tempered by sweet egg, shiitake mushrooms, and avocado—pacify hungry sea dragons clawing at the insides of bellies. Bigger bites include the california roll, an 11-piece behemoth built nearly to the scale of its namesake and stuffed with smoked salmon or shrimp ($6.99). Chopsticks fly as herbivores challenge each other to duels over prized vegetarian combinations that feature delectable half-rolls of pickled radish and scallions ($4.99). Chefs dispense with frilly accouterments when crafting nigiri pieces, opting instead to showcase thickly cut morsels of yellowtail tuna ($2.25 each).
Where classic sushi ingredients like crabmeat, salmon, and spicy tuna are found inside many of Umi Sushi?s rolls, the chefs also showcase more unique fillers. Start with the sweet potato, which includes deep-fried rice and jalape?os. Other ingredients range from mozzarella cheese and avocado to shrimp and eel, and if you can't decide which type of fish you want, the Rainbow roll offers four kinds on top of a california roll. While steeped in sushi, the menu also offers grilled meats slathered in teriyaki sauce and Korean-style spicy ramen noodle dishes. Patrons can eat in at Umi Sushi or have food delivered to their front doorstep or jury box seat.
A piquant theme runs through much of the menu at Spicy Tuna. The kung pao chicken, naturally, showcases the heat: its peanuts are stir-fried with mixed veggies and spicy brown sauce before coating freshly steamed heaps of in white rice. But the kitchen staff doesn't simply fixate on making hot dishes; chefs craft mild-yet-savory Asian favorites, ranging from lobster tail and prawns bathed in oyster sauce to the tonkatsu's beer-battered pork cutlets. Their carefully curated sushi menu also introduces mouths to ocean-fresh bites of nigiri and sashimi. This commitment to a diverse menu is part of what helped earn the restaurant honors as Toledo's best sushi restaurant in the Best of Toledo 2012 survey held by the Toledo City Paper.
No matter what they order, patrons frequently slake their thirsts with sake and imported Asian beers. During warm-weather months, many meals unfold on the restaurant's open-air patio; however, no matter the season, a fully stocked game room remains open to lure patrons inside.