From afar, the inside of Hon machi Sushi & Cocktail could look like a thriving marina, as salmon, eel, and tuna from around the world board wooden boats that dock at tables framed with lush plants and paper lanterns. Seasoned sushi chefs outfit each these passengers with a layer of seaweed or rice before granting eight of them passage on the Hon machi boat along with three types of sashimi and a rainbow roll. In their wake, hot Japanese entrees such as chicken yakisoba and pork katsu emanate savory scents from Teppanyaki tables. In addition to captaining sushi boats, the staff gives specific driving directions to sushi and noodles, which show up at homes, parties, and corporate events.
Sushi chef Pancho doesn’t hide behind the walls of a kitchen. Dressed in a brightly colored happi coat emblazoned with tropical fish, Pancho can often be seen distributing hot towels and cracking jokes while he crafts sushi rolls filled with spicy crabmeat, masago, or yellowtail in front of diners at his sushi bar. Of course, chefs still create hot specialties in the kitchen—entrées such as teriyaki salmon, vegetable tempura, and breaded pork tonkatsu add a dose of heat like an eager dragon in his first day as an AC repairman. The eatery cuts down on diners' bills with daily specials, including a half-price sushi happy hour and all-you-can-eat sushi for around $20.
Sushi Eye in Motion, which the Phoenix New Times crowned with the title of Best Sushi in 2006, tempts customers with traditional Japanese fare and freshly made sushi. Head chef Richard Cho has created a maki menu that travels down the sushi bar's conveyor belt, where customers can pick their selections or test their Hot Wheels' horsepower. For an appetizer, try the agedashi tofu, which chefs batter and fry with a mild, sweet sauce ($3), or the tender fried octopus of the tako karaage ($7).
If you’re in the mood to eat some delicious sushi but you don’t want to break the bank, then Tokyo House is the place for you. There are a number of rolls, including Cucumber, Avocado, Crab, and Shrimp Tempura, that you can get for under $5. There are a couple more ornate rolls that are especially worth trying at $7 each, the Cowboy Amigo Roll (Shrimp, Cucumber, and Avocado deep fried and topped with Spicy Mayo) and the Las Vegas Roll (Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Avocado deep fried and topped with Teriyaki Sauce). Sushi isn’t all that Tokyo House is good for. Former diners have also given rave reviews to the House Specialties, including Tonkatsu, Oyakodon, and the Kusuyaki dishes.
The Asian-inspired, freshly-made food at Pei Wei (pronounced like ‘Pay Way’) is sure to delight even the most discerning diners. Their always-fresh ingredients can be combined and customized in literally endless ways to produce exactly the taste you’re looking for. If you don’t want to come up with your own dish, Pei Wei’s extensive menu can offer suggestions that are sure to please. And when we say ‘Asian’, we mean a broad selection of cuisine from up and down the Pacific Rim – from Chinese to Japanese to Thai and everything in between. Visit Pei Wei today and you’re sure to remember this unique dining experience.
With a nod to its namesake warriors, Ninja Japanese Restaurant assassinates insatiable appetites and sour moods alike for a fun and lively dining escape. At the outset, distinctively authentic decor transports guests to a trans-Pacific land without requiring them to buy a plane ticket or get really good at kayaking. Slim wooden logs form a roof over intricate wooden gates branded with Japanese characters, opening to reveal seating options that steer the evening's experience. Perched on chairs tucked under a U-shaped bar, diners watch chefs artfully roll fresh sushi from an edible palette of pink salmon, yellowtail tuna, or chunky avocado. The hibachi room, on the other hand, cranks up the heat. There, hungry diners sit up close to an iron teppanyaki griddle where a chef chops and sizzles fresh seafood and veggies, at once creating a meal and a spectacle to sate hungry stomachs and hungry eyes.