Kyjo’s Japanese, Thai, and Sushi Bar builds a bridge between Asia’s diverse culinary traditions, uniting the spicy curries and noodle dishes of Thailand with the delicately arranged sushi rolls and sashimi of Japan. Chefs bustle about the kitchens of the Concord and Troutman locations, tossing ginger and bamboo strips into woks or drizzling spicy Volcano rolls with wasabi sauce and magma. Other signature sushi rolls include the Thai Sunrise—a combination of soft-shell crab and mango—and the deep-fried Gucci roll, loaded with spicy scallops and tied together with a belt of designer seaweed. Sips of wine, beer, and sake accompany sushi entrees, and creamy Thai tea or coffee temper the spices of curry dishes.
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.
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.
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).
In 2012, Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar won two OpenTable Diner's Choice awards for its chic decor and the vibrant mood set by DJs spinning modern electronic music. Chefs sate crowds with creative pan-Asian cuisine such as Asian yellowtail ceviche with wonton chips, sushi rolls that pair blue crab with sliced strawberries or microgreens, and entrees of seared Chilean sea bass served with dollops of edamame mashed potatoes. Bartenders mix top-shelf cocktails at a glittering bar lined with black pebbles.
Through the wide entrance of Onoki Sushi Bar, visitors are greeted into the dining room's bright colors and clean lines that allow the food to take the spotlight. Servers present menus that feature traditional rolls and specialty rolls such as the Dazed & Confused that's lined with shrimp tempura and topped with tuna, salmon, and a yellowtail bandana. During lunch, stop in for a nine-piece chef's choice sashimi lunch or another special combination and refresh with a glass of the house beer.
Behind a sushi counter at Fujo Bistro, skilled chefs roll fresh fish into traditional rolls as cooks in the kitchen douse chicken and shrimp with sauces to create traditional Chinese dishes. Specialty rolls from the sushi bar blend the flavors of steamed lobster, soft-shell crab, and spicy vinaigrettes with seaweed powder, barbecue eel, and avocado, all then artfully arranged on plates.