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.
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.
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.
Beauty and the Beast. Black Dragon. Dancing Eel. They're just a few of the specialty sushi rolls at Kimono Japanese Restaurant & Sushi. Along with an inventive sushi selection, the chefs make hibachi and teriyaki dinners, with a choice of shrimp, steak, chicken, or other meats paired with veggies and rice.
Archira Thai and Sushi's kitchen staff boasts several Thailand natives, who dedicate their efforts to reflecting the modern, 21st century culinary offerings of Thailand and Southeast Asia. An extensive menu sports classics such as pad thai, where stir fried rice noodles set the stage for an ensemble cast of chicken, bean sprouts, egg, peppered Nathan Lane, and crushed, roasted peanuts ($12). Archira's crispy duckling layers a crispy, honey-roasted bird atop a vegetal bed of bell pepper, onion, carrot, and fresh basil glazed with a sautéed garlic chili sauce ($18). Cast a net around the caterpillar roll—a tightly wrapped union of eel and cucumber with avocado, shrimp, and unagi sauce ($12). The spider roll catches unsuspecting tongues in its web of soft-shell crab and avocado ($11).
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.