With its whistle blowing and its lights blazing, a miniature locomotive rounds the bend at Sushi Train's sushi bar. Instead of boxcars freighted with hobo gold, however, the engine tows dozens of sushi plates, which diners can pick up as the train passes. Sushi Train's creative, playful approach to sushi extends to the recipes themselves: the Bomber, for instance, includes jalapeño, Velveeta cheese, and smoked salmon, and the Bayou roll blends catfish and blackened shrimp with spicy sauce. Chefs also roll out dozens of traditional nigiri and roll recipes, such as california rolls and vegetable fuko maki.
The Sushi Place’s chefs integrate shrimp and scallops with cream cheese and spicy mayo, yielding rolls with complex profiles of texture and flavor. Edamame and seaweed salad segue into thin-sliced salmon, tuna, and yellow-tail sashimi. Tempura batter crackles around veggies and shrimp, punctuated by the sound of whirring chopstick sharpeners, and notes of plum and grass drift from glasses of sake.
An unassuming brick storefront with bamboo-shaded windows barely contains the thrum of voices and simmering broth that roils within Tokyo Pot. Shabu shabu is by necessity an active method of dining and The Oklahoman’s Food Dude Dave Cathey says “It’s impossible to sit through a meal at Tokyo Pot in silence.” This vibrancy arises from the broth-filled pots that sit in the middle of each table and remind diners of the genuinely social nature of cooking and sharing food as they dunk thin slices of meat into the hot liquid. Gentle pendant lighting brings to life the colors of bright cut blossoms and illuminates jets of rising steam that resemble famous clouds.
Fuji Japanese Restaurant's menu is a treasure trove of freshly prepared sushi fare splashed with creative specialty rolls. Poppable pieces range from the two-piece salmon ($3.75) and super white tuna ($4.75) to the sushi rolled (6 pieces per order) yellowtail ($3.75) and tempura ($5.75). Fuji's specialty rolls, such as the cooked cajun roll ($10) and classy Marilyn Monroll ($9.25), are expertly prepared with a knife so sharp it actually cuts through time to deliver rolls thirteen minutes in the future. A palatable menu of drinks complement chopstick choices and makes for an easy segue for lavish beginnings to evenings at the movies, dancing dates, or the courting of a comely kraken.
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The Tokyo Love Boat glides through the air at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, dropping anchor at one of the tables. Atop its wooden planks, rows of sushi and sashimi are prepared for a culinary expedition. This is one of many creative concoctions on the menu, along with Tokyo specialty rolls fashioned from ingredients such shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, salmon, and lemon slices. Chefs glaze teriyaki sauce on shrimp, steak, or your date’s face, upon request. Other bite-size bits can be hidden in tempura batter or cooked on a hibachi grill.