The culinary wizards of Mt. Fuji Sushi & Hibachi synergize bold and rich flavors from fresh ingredients and meats before their customers’ eyes. Hibachi preparations of filet mignon ($24.50) and salmon ($20.50) eschew the kitchen for the dinner table, where red-hatted chefs grill meals inches away from patrons that will devour and name first-born children after the seared morsels. Special sushi rolls compete for diners’ attentions with unique swaths of ingredients; the Rock ‘n’ Roll is laced with mango, avocado, and shrimp tempura ($13.75), and the Godzilla roll balances its triple-fish attack with caviar and scallions ($12.25). The restaurant’s wide array hibachi grill-top tables encourages socialization, where strangers can become close companions as they marvel at their chef’s showmanship and amaze onlookers with their broccoli-catching skills.
Golden Phoenix's owner brings a Thai background to the eatery's cuisine, but the cooking staff ably represents Thailand, China, and Japan with an eclectic menu of pan-Asian staples. Diners can clasp fresh sushi rolls or lap up spicy coconut curries, complemented by a broad selection of wines and sake.
Whether they're unwinding from shopping in the Highlands art district, grabbing a bite before seeing a show, or just enjoying a night out with friends, groups flock to Sushi Hai for its fresh sushi and funky atmosphere. Local art flows through this popular Highlands stop, which has been a neighborhood staple for more than a decade. Along with nigiri and sashimi, menu features a vast array of rolls, including a veggie option filled with cucumber, pickled gourd, and sprouts. But chefs also splice together meaty entrees, such as the Hai pork chop served with smoked applewood bacon and savory bread pudding. For a more authentic experience, guests can visit one of the restaurant's three private Tatami rooms, where they abide by the traditional Japanese custom of sitting on the floor and resisting the urge to play Duck, Duck, Goose as full-grown adults.
Two private Tatami rooms are also located downstairs at the Hai Bar, a 3,000-square-foot martini lounge where patrons can either order standalone drinks or pair them with plates of sushi amid music, flat-screen TVs, and lounge seating.
Banzai Sushi's chefs award imaginative nicknames to the 100 distinct sushi rolls that earned the restaurant a top-five spot on ABC 7's A-List in 2011. The Nitros roll, baked in a blanket of spicy sauce, awakens taste buds with salty smelt roe and crunchy flecks of tempura, while Drum rolls keeps things fresh with tuna, lemon, and asparagus. For a hot meal, diners can tear into a hibachi-grilled meat or classic teriyaki entree, each available with a choice of salmon, chicken, or New York–style steak.