The hibachi chefs at Sakura Steakhouse don't just prepare mouthwatering cuts of filet mignon and lobster tail—they put on a performance while doing it. Flashes of fire join the flashes of fast-chopping knives, which might even flip morsels into the air for diners to catch in their mouths. The salivating audience enjoys front-row seats at C-shaped tables that embrace the restaurant's traditional hibachi grills, whose flat surfaces are ideal settings for warm naps. Over at the sushi bar, a sushi master takes the stage to craft specialty rolls with deep-fried salmon and cucumber or premium rolls such as the new orleans roll with spicy crawfish.
Sakura Steakhouse's decor supports the entertaining dining experience with traditional Japanese accents: a trio of curved samurai swords rests in a nook; a mural of kimono-clad women stretches above the sushi bar; and stalks of golden bamboo line the hallway that leads to the emergency exit, which leads to a mad scientist's underground lab. While soaking up the Eastern atmosphere, diners can sip imported and domestic beers, hot or cold sake, or Kikkoman plum wine.
Hibachi Express's chefs fry up popular Asian dishes using authentic Japanese cooking techniques. On piping-hot hibachi grills, they sauté scallops, pork chops, and crisp veggies while firing up noodles to create savory yaki-soba dishes or wigs for self-conscious shumai dumplings. They also whip up Japanese barbecue and lemon sauces to punch up the flavor of their crispy chicken and pork katsu and keep spoons gainfully employed in bowls of miso or hot-and-sour soup.
The culinary artisans at Phuket Thai Restaurant sling a menu of Thai cuisine and sushi rolls as colorful as the eatery's yellow and red walls. Coconut milk–infused curries and noodle dishes share plate real estate with house specialties such as roasted duck curry and spicy catfish, as well as more than 25 sushi rolls packed with fresh seafood and vegetables. Steaming pans also sizzle gluten-free and vegetarian entrees, and chefs gladly accommodate requests for varying levels of spice and sentience. Asian artwork dots the walls throughout the dining room, lending to an overall vibe of soothing east-Asian calm.