At Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, even waiting for the food is fun. That’s because the talented hibachi and sushi chefs turn cooking into a performance. Agility, speed, and creativity come into play as they flip and catch eggs off the spatula and perfectly mix them into fried rice. At the sushi bar, hand rolls are a work of art before becoming dinner—and all are made with artful finesse.
Coral Sushi expertly prepares fresh fish, sushi, homemade noodles, and traditional house specialties for lunch and dinner rushes. Sip on strawberry white tea ($4) and recharge on fresh salmon-cucumber rolls ($8.50), served with a soup or salad, before returning to your job as a professional people watcher. The tempura-sushi combo ($14.95) comes with your choice of a four-piece nigiri or a California roll. Other popular rolls include the cream-cheese-infused Philly roll ($5.50), the spider roll ($6.95), and the mythically delicious dragon roll ($7.95).
Roppongi Sushi & Bar takes its name from the Roppongi district of Tokyo, home to a sprawling nightlife and international culture. The sushi bar strives to bring this atmosphere to its restaurant, inviting patrons to sit, revel, and enjoy a menu of sushi and Japanese cuisine. House rolls include combinations such as spicy and crunchy salmon topped with king crab, alongside fresh sashimi, udon noodles, and teriyaki entrees.
Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge delights guests with a diverse menu of upscale sushi and Japanese cuisine in an elegant modern setting. Start with traditional vegetarian spring rolls ($3) or a grilled skewer of bacon-scallop yakitori ($2.50). Unlike snake trousers, the fresh nigiri and sashimi are offered in pairs; mix and match freshwater eel ($4), yellowtail ($4.50), or sea urchin ($7). The multifarious maki selection spans from favorites such as the spicy tuna roll ($6) or California roll ($5.50) to house specialties such as the Pisces roll, which comes stuffed with avocado and white-fish tempura topped with seared salmon, aroi, and eel sauce ($12.50). Meanwhile, heat-seeking tongues can hone in on the grilled black cod with miso sauce ($12), the torched flounder carpaccio with ponzu infusion sauce ($14), or the hibachi-grilled filet mignon ($21.50).
Founded by Jim Noble of Noble's Restaurant renown, the unassuming striped awnings and pale bricks at Rooster’s conceal an unconventional dining interior dominated by a wall of wine on one side and a wall of stuffed roosters on the other. The dinner menu offers Noble's tomato basil bisque ($7) as a soothing opener to a charcuterie sampler ($18) of chicken-liver mousse ($6), house-cured duck ($7), house-smoked salmon ($8), and other cured delicacies. Gourmands with a taste for heartier fare can skip ahead to sweet potato gnocchi with hazelnut pesto ($10), rib-eye filet ($22), or spitfire-roasted Carolina BBQ pork shoulder ($9) served with a side of Anson Mills grits with bacon ($6). All entrees pair well with assorted mushrooms fresh from the woods ($10), fire-roasted asparagus fresh from the garden ($7), artisanal cheese fresh from the artisanal cheese tree—and especially with the ginormous selection of French, Spanish, Italian, domestic, and sparkling wines.
The Nakato family first opened its eponymous restaurant in Charlotte in 1976, the year mankind discovered fish. Today, their team of seasoned hibachi chefs span three locations, where they prepare entrees of filet mignon, chicken, and veggies with tofu in a showy teppanyaki style atop tableside grills. Each entree arrives with an array of sides, ranging from onion soup to noodles and rice. Behind their own counters, sushi chefs coil rolls filled with smelt roe and spicy aioli and slice tender pieces of tuna and salmon sashimi.