Taste of Asia's menu focuses on Japanese cuisine, with the occasional sprinkle of Thai influence. The grill sizzles beneath slabs of miso salmon, hibachi dishes, or chicken teriyaki, while bubbling fryers help coat shrimp tempura in a crisp outer layer. Sushi chefs combine a variety of piscine elements to create sushi such as the 12-piece Earthquake roll, which tops a core of spicy salmon with a trio of tuna, whitefish, and avocado on top.
Patrons can gather around regular tables or at traditional low tables where diners sit cross-legged or kneel during their meal, which makes it easier to knight each other with chopsticks. As the relaxing powers of sake cocktails set in, diners can gaze upon a screen painted with kimono-wearing women or a TV at the bar.
Though its dining room isn’t surrounded by the Pacific, Shogun Japanese Restaurant nonetheless evokes the atmosphere of Japan with a mural of Mount Fuji and the rich aroma of authentic Japanese cuisine. The scent belongs to classic dishes such as vegetable udon, edamame, and hibachi- and teriyaki-style meats, as well as a special combination of pineapple juice, soy, and ginger sauce that marinates cuts of chargrilled chicken, steak, and shrimp.
Behind Shogun’s marble sushi bar, chefs artfully arrange plates of classic cucumber and philadelphia rolls. They create their own specialties, too, such as the spicy tuna-stuffed volcano roll, which comes with a side of lava.
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Working behind the sushi bar at Bonsai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the team of sushi chefs wraps up and arranges more than 100 types of flavorful opuses. Volcano rolls mimic a blooming flower, decorated with spirals of sauce and petals of ginger garnishes, whereas sushi and sashimi combinations adorn the tiny tiers of wooden boats. The components of the pieces are just as inventive as their presentation. For example, the Tornado roll—one of 29 maki specialties—cocoons spicy tuna, cream cheese, jalapeños, and pineapple inside a tempura shell.
The kitchen's hibachi chefs, on the other hand, appreciate the aesthetic of well-seared meat. They grill salmon, steak, scallops, and chicken as part of made-to-order, multi-course entrees, all of which arrive with ginger or mustard sauce, meant for spilling on shirts. The traditional Japanese meals match the spirit of the surrounding decor: colorful parasols, pictures, and even fabric kimonos hang from the walls, and paper lanterns cast a cozy glow over tabletops.
Chef Young Lim has spent the last 20 years slicing red snapper and crab into bite-size pieces, and tucking shrimp tempura, asparagus, and spicy tuna into sushi rolls. Some of his creations offer an extra crunch, such as the crispy roll, a deep-fried agglomeration of salmon, hamachi, maguro, and avocado. For a heat-kissed meal, chefs toss shrimp atop the hibachi grill and glaze chicken with teriyaki sauce.
At Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, tableside chefs occupy centrally located hibiachi grills as they craft irresistible Japanese cuisine that earned the eatery a runner-up position in the Winston-Salem Journal’s Reader’s Choice awards for Best Asian food. The Hibachi-Teppanyaki menu includes entrees that feature powerful proteins such as lobster, tail, tuna, salmon, and filet mignon, while the sushi menu displays specialty rolls such as the Winston Sunrise—a colorful arrangement of white tuna, smoked salmon, eel, and egg omelet topped with crunchy tempura. A Japanese chef with more than 20 years of experience leads the team behind the sushi bar.