The tableside grill sizzles, searing flavorful slices of steak and moist squares of salmon. A chef keeps careful watch on his proteins, summoning pillars of flame to add extra heat, dicing meat with lightning dexterity, and corralling jumbo shrimp with a bullwhip to complete the culinary show. This is the scene at Kabuto Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, where food is as much spectacle as it is art.
Besides cooked-to-order hibachi specialties, the restaurant keeps a sushi bar stocked with fresh seafood. Here, experts hand-roll favorite maki, such as spicy tuna or california rolls, or draw on more inventive ingredients—wine sauce, mango, strawberry—for their house specialty rolls. But whether guests seek food that is flame-kissed or flame-free, each dish stands out against the decor's elegantly understated tableau.
Ensconced in wooden accents and dotted with Japanese artwork, Sakura Japanese Restaurantserves up handcrafted morsels in a cozily festive atmosphere. Diners can perch at sleek wooden tables or along the curved bar, stealing glimpses of chefs painstakingly rolling sushi or slicing meats and veggies with precision. A cascading stone garden brimming with verdant plants lounges in the corner, and a TV sits high in the ornate shelf behind the bar, entertaining guests with the delightful sight of colorful pixels arranging themselves in the exact pattern of tomorrow’s weather.
Aside from being the greatest piano ballad ever written, chopsticks are the favored instruments of the world’s most skillful eaters. Practice your forkless feasting with today’s deal: $15 for $35 worth of Japanese cuisine and drinks at Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen (not valid during happy hour). Located just one crouching tiger leap from Vanderbilt University, this recently opened Hillsboro Village bungalow features freshly prepared sushi and other Asian-inspired cuisine in a casual environment.Step 1: Smile and nod. If your companion asks why you appear to be crying, point at a sad picture hanging on the wall, or if a sad picture is not available due to your being in a restaurant, simply draw a raccoon caught in a bear trap and then point at your own mind to indicate that you are distraught by this notion.
Taking its name from one of Japan's most enduring cultural symbols, Mt. Fuji, Fujiyama treats guests to a smorgasbord of Japanese fare, from morsels of sashimi and handrolled maki, to sizzling hibachi steaks and savory noodle dishes. Guests can slurp udon soups with fish cake and veggie tempura or dine on hearty plates of hibachi surf-and-turf or breaded pork katsu. Fans of traditional sushi can pick up flying fish roe or tuna nigiri, while more adventurous tasters can tackle the Nashville roll, a maki stuffed with salmon and masago before being deep fried and shaped to resemble Andrew Jackson's coiffure.
Tokyo Japanese Steak House is a feast for the eyes, nose, and ears as well as the mouth. In addition to "laser lights in the lobby" and "sushi in martini glasses," as noted by Nashville Scene, hibachi chefs stand by your table and make theater out of food preparation, tossing around teriyaki meats and tofu dishes and making puppet shows with chopsticks.
There’s also a wide selection of sushi here. Try the signature Tennessee roll, which incorporates spicy tuna topped with fish, eel sauce, and tempura flakes. Also worth a try: the barbecue eel over sushi rice.
At Hana Sushi House, chefs slice fresh salmon, scallops, and other seafood for sashimi and fashion the miniature filets into specialty sushi rolls. They also pan fry udon noodles and sizzle hibachi-style steak, lobster, and other proteins in the kitchen. Patrons can sip pours from the sake bar or relish the sweetness of red-bean ice cream or banana tempura. Complimentary WiFi keeps guests' devices connected throughout their visits.
Head chef and owner Arnold Myint applies his culinary aptitude at Suzy Wong's House of Yum by crafting flavorful Asian appetizers and bowls designed for sharing. As groups swap bites of pineapple red curry shrimp or wonton nachos in a 1,100-square-foot dining room, a stretched canvas emblazoned with a colorful dragon hovers overhead, much like a knight-in-training's to-slay list. Exposed brick walls provide a backdrop for plush candlelit benches and tables, which can be crowded with wine, sake, and specialty cocktails as diners participate in weekly karaoke nights. Two patios provide even more space for cavorting, the lower tier stretches across 300 square feet, and the upper level commands 840 square feet of floor space.