Working behind the sushi bar at Bonsai Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the team of sushi chefs wraps up and arranges more than 100 types of flavorful opuses. Volcano rolls mimic a blooming flower, decorated with spirals of sauce and petals of ginger garnishes, whereas sushi and sashimi combinations adorn the tiny tiers of wooden boats. The components of the pieces are just as inventive as their presentation. For example, the Tornado roll—one of 29 maki specialties—cocoons spicy tuna, cream cheese, jalapeños, and pineapple inside a tempura shell.
The kitchen's hibachi chefs, on the other hand, appreciate the aesthetic of well-seared meat. They grill salmon, steak, scallops, and chicken as part of made-to-order, multi-course entrees, all of which arrive with ginger or mustard sauce, meant for spilling on shirts. The traditional Japanese meals match the spirit of the surrounding decor: colorful parasols, pictures, and even fabric kimonos hang from the walls, and paper lanterns cast a cozy glow over tabletops.
Chef Young Lim has spent the last 20 years slicing red snapper and crab into bite-size pieces, and tucking shrimp tempura, asparagus, and spicy tuna into sushi rolls. Some of his creations offer an extra crunch, such as the crispy roll, a deep-fried agglomeration of salmon, hamachi, maguro, and avocado. For a heat-kissed meal, chefs toss shrimp atop the hibachi grill and glaze chicken with teriyaki sauce.
Archira Thai and Sushi's kitchen staff boasts several Thailand natives, who dedicate their efforts to reflecting the modern, 21st century culinary offerings of Thailand and Southeast Asia. An extensive menu sports classics such as pad thai, where stir fried rice noodles set the stage for an ensemble cast of chicken, bean sprouts, egg, peppered Nathan Lane, and crushed, roasted peanuts ($12). Archira's crispy duckling layers a crispy, honey-roasted bird atop a vegetal bed of bell pepper, onion, carrot, and fresh basil glazed with a sautéed garlic chili sauce ($18). Cast a net around the caterpillar roll—a tightly wrapped union of eel and cucumber with avocado, shrimp, and unagi sauce ($12). The spider roll catches unsuspecting tongues in its web of soft-shell crab and avocado ($11).
Mt Fuji is the original Asian Bistro and sushi restaurant in the triangle. Located in a revamped Bightleaf Square. Mt fuji is a unique blend of old class and new chic from t private Tatami room; Patio seating; DJ's spinning trendy;classic wine and drink listings; wide screen TVs; trendy liquor bar offer unlimited cocktails
The exquisitely wrought paper lanterns hanging over each fast food-style booth reflects Tokyo Express’ blend of Japanese hibachi-style dishes with American-style convenience. Whether tongues are tingling for taste of sea, sky, earth, or Middle-earth, the Tokyo Express menu prepares a range of flavor-fusing feasts using a charcoal hibachi grill. Kick off the meal with a sampling of spring rolls ($0.89 each), each packed with the crispy-fried flavors of April, before chopstick-surfing a saucy sea of shrimp soba noodles ($6.99). Otherwise, tuck into a teriyaki chicken ($5.49) or steak ($6.49)—or combine fish and fowl into a dish capable of clucking underwater with the chicken and shrimp combo and an electrical storm ($9.49). All main dishes come with a choice of vegetables and are served over a bowl of fried rice and sweet carrots, with shrimp sauce to drizzle on top or resell to mermaids as a moisturizer.
When a restaurant has been open for 5 years, they might be good. When they are open for over 25 years, patrons can be sure that the food they get there is high quality and the experience is memorable. That’s the idea behind Kurama Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse Sushi Bar! Kurama makes dining there a special experience because, like most Japanese steakhouses, they feel that dining out is about more than just good food. Kurama’s chefs cook dinner on a Teppanyak table so residents and visitors to the triangle area can see exactly what’s happening and how the food is prepared. The experience doesn’t distract from the food, though. With delicious steak, shrimp, chicken and scallop options as well as vegetarian-only choices, Kurama Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse Sushi Bar is an experience that shouldn’t be missed for those in the Durham area!