• For $20, you get $40 worth of Asian fare and drinks during dinner. • For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian fare and drinks during lunch. The skilled chefs at Meiji Cuisine, which serves Chinese and Japanese dishes, sear entrees over hibachi grills, roll fresh sushi, and craft Chinese specialties. Prepare for midnight Battleship games against an old sea captain with the War Bar dinner combination, a maritime medley of shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and squid ($17.95). Hibachi entrees serve up Japanese-style grilled eats with a choice of vegetables and meats, including chicken ($16) and swordfish ($21). During lunch, sample maki sushi combos ($9 for two rolls, $11 for three) that include the eel cucumber roll, smoked eel wrapped in a blanket of eel sauce and lounging on a bed of sticky rice. Or feast on a plate of Chinese-style sweet-and-sour shrimp ($12.75), which leaves diners sweet on their lunch and sour on their afternoon return to work.
Named a "favorite new restaurant" and "favorite vegetarian restaurant" in 2009 by the readers of Milwaukee magazine, Café Manna churns out a full range of vegetarian options. The three-star green-certified restaurant's menu lists plenty of gluten-free, raw, and vegan items. Tasty beginnings include locally crafted artisan cheeses served aside cool, plump berries ($13) and exotic sandwiches such as the savory portobello and eggplant indulgence topped in roasted peppers, caramelized onions, house-made pesto, creamy feta, and goat cheese on toasted rosemary-olive bread ($11). Green gorgers can wash nutrient-rich nibbles down with a sip of organic beer or wine from the drink menu and can answer the sweet, sweet siren song of the gluten-free, raw, and vegan chocolate berry tart ($9).
Each night at Tokyo Sushi & Grill Japanese Steakhouse, chefs fire up six hibachi grills and flip shrimp, scallops, and swordfish atop the sizzling iron griddles and directly in front of guests. In addition to the hibachi chefs' flashy knife work, the casual eatery showcases more subtle Japanese culinary traditions. At the sushi bar, experts gingerly roll up fresh seafood, and in the kitchen, chefs swathe shrimp in crispy tempura batter with the same level of care a NASA scientist takes when coating the Space Shuttle’s flameproof resin on the base of his cigar.
The chefs at Ginza Japanese Restaurant line their sushi rolls and bento boxes with both traditional Japanese and Western-inspired ingredients. Classic flavors can be found in shrimp-filled shumai dumplings or lightly battered vegetable tempura. Futo maki rolls combine cucumber and avocado with egg custard, pickled radish, pickled squash, and burdock, and the Funky Monkey roll takes a more experimental approach by pairing eel with banana. Teriyaki beef or ginger pork sizzles in bento boxes, surrounded by sides of rice, salad, and dumplings as neatly portioned as a librarian's potato-chip collection.
A white layer of rice rests beneath a blanket of thinly sliced salmon arranged on a plate with fresh sashimi, vibrant shocks of green seaweed, and red-apple slices fanned out like a hand of cards. A chef adds a dollop of black tobiko to Black Dragon rolls lined with soft-shell-crab tempura and avocado, completing an elegant tray ready for service. The same colorful combinations can be found in Jia's Sushi Bistro’s vibrant red walls, black-and-white checkered floors, and cushioned banquette. Beyond their fresh sushi, Jia's showcases a variety of Asian entrees, including pho soups filled with pork or braised short ribs and bento boxes packed with a choice of entree, shrimp tempura, miso soup, and a liberal amount of bubble wrap to make sure nothing breaks.
An active member of the community, The Paradise Restaurant feeds visitors made-to-order omelets, sandwiches, and barbecue from a menu of café fare assembled from scratch. Eaters alter the weatherman's forecast with gusts of wind blown over appetizer plates of jumbo shrimp or beef stew anchored with slabs of cornbread. For larger dents in hunger, the pork chops and gravy, catfish, and fried-chicken dinner each round up a piece of cornbread and two sides, such as macaroni and cheese, black-eyed peas, or collard greens. Cooks yield their signature Bumpy Face dish by pouring gravy and melted cheese over fried chicken dices and rice for a delightfully textured meal.