Successful restaurateur Supenn Harrison made her first foray into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, when she bought a burger joint in the Twin Cities. For Supenn, slinging patties wasn't enough to satisfy her love of the culinary arts; the Thailand native and former teacher quickly traded deep fryers for woks and opened her first Thai restaurant.
She eventually launched the first Sawatdee in 1983 in an abandoned warehouse, transforming the unlikely setting into something you might see in the heart of Bangkok, with gold-leaf ceilings and traditional artwork. Now, Supenn owns seven Sawatdee restaurants throughout Minnesota and has expanded the menu to include sushi dishes. Besides sharing her culinary skills through hands-on cooking classes, Supenn has disseminated her authentic Thai fare by catering birthday celebrations, family reunions, and the Rolling Stones' anti-retirement party.
Tradition informs the menus at Mt. Fuji, which predominantly feature Japanese staples with splashes of French influences. At the Maple Grove location, chefs occasionally leave the kitchen and man the grills that adorn select tabletops. There, they entertain their hungry audiences by searing entrees of chicken, Canadian sea scallops, and filet mignon while correctly naming every gold-medalist from the 1896 Olympics.
For cuisine prepared with an equally artistic flare but fewer open flames, the sushi chefs at each location assemble orders of sashimi and maki. They pack particularly robust flavor into their special rolls by incorporating such ingredients as lobster tempura, deep-fried soft shell crab, and signature sauces.
For fresh maki, Maple Grove's Benihana has got you covered.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Benihana, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Benihana can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Benihana tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Diners at Benihana will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Sushi of Tokyo may actually be located in Plymouth, but nobody is doubting where the restaurant finds its inspiration. Japanese chefs masterfully incorporate raw ingredients such as surf clam, smelt roe, and squid into their nigiri and sashimi. It doesn’t matter that their kitchen is conspicuously lacking in smoke and flames—not when their California rolls taste so good with crunchy cucumbers, imitation crab meat, and sides of salty Pacific Ocean water. Though much of the food is uncooked, the chefs supply ample heat with their spicy lobster salad and udon noodle soups brimming with chicken, veggies, or seafood.
As the sun sets over Lake Minnetonka, the chefs at Sakana Sushi begin to sharpen their knives in advance of the evening?s dinner rush. With a cooler full of fresh fish at their disposal, it?s up to them to turn choice cuts of salmon or yellowtail tuna into artfully arranged orders of maki and sashimi. Their selection highlights the delicate nature of their ingredients, with 16 specialty rolls pairing these tender morsels with premium fillings including lobster, caviar, or Michael Jordan rookie cards. However, the chefs don?t stop at sushi; they embrace Thai recipes when spooning yellow-coconut curry into a stone bowl and honor Chinese flavors in sizzling plates of Sichuan kung-pao steak.
These cuisines' aromas all mingle in the dining room, where four-seat tables extend all the way from the front windows to the open sushi bar at the back. Although pendant lamps illuminate the sushi chefs, the rest of the space is lit by track lighting that remains firmly fixed to the abstract red, green, and blue fixtures that dot the ceiling.
Sample a platter of Origami West's finest fish — this Japanese restaurant is a prime destination for those in Minnetonka's Plymouth - Wayzata region.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Origami West's menu.
Hop online in no time using Origami West's free wifi.
The patio tables outside of Origami West are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Origami West's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Origami West is a local eatery that serves up free parking.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Origami West.