Spicy or mild, classic or unexpected, or filled with tuna or pumpkin, the rolls and cones at Kojima Sushi dazzle palates with artfully curated flavor combinations. In addition to nigiri, sushi, sashimi, and maki, chefs fry golden-battered tempura and skewer barbecued chicken. Countless pages comprise the Kojima menu, offering taste buds of all stripes a satisfying feast.
Yakko Sushi whips taste buds into a raw-food frenzy with a varied menu of authentic Japanese munchies. Take taste buds on a true Tokyo drift with Yakko's deftly sliced sashimi dishes, such as the tender salmon sashimi ($9) or the sandwich-dodging savoury tuna sashimi ($8). Land lovers can dive chopsticks-first into a platter of buttery vegetable tempura ($6.99) or venture back out to sea with a helping of prawn tempura ($8.99). The meticulous chefs at Yakko Sushi ferry diners through a carnival of crowd-pleasing combination dishes, such as the D combination ($16.99), which introduces fish portions of tuna and salmon to a colourful and artistic arrangement of scallops, hokkigai, and amaebi, festooned with luscious negitoro and hamachi rolls. Meals can be additionally punctuated with decadent deserts such as mango ice cream ($3.99) and with air-horn accolades to the chefs.
Akari Japanese Restaurant’s menu consolidates centuries of Japanese culinary history, placing traditional noodle entrees alongside modern interpretations of classic sushi rolls. The sushi bar’s Japanese-trained chef, Lee San, creates more than 40 rolls, including 19 specialty maki that enfold tempura-fried yams, scallops, or mango. For more flame-kissed flavour, the kitchen’s chefs glaze barbecue beef ribs with teriyaki sauce and deep-fry pork cutlets. The dining room’s decor echoes the menu’s minimalist presentation while still incorporating accents from across the Pacific, such as Japanese figurines, displays of sheathed swords, and wheezing giant squids that occupy an entire floor of the restaurant.
Preserved century eggs, Vietnamese-style pork, and sweet-potato noodles are just a few of the savoury ingredients that chefs stir into simmering soups at Nishiki Sushi. On a cold day, these soups are a popular hot meal for slurping up or pouring over one's head, but there's much more to choose from at the crimson-walled eatery. Chefs also fashion fresh fish into specialty sushi rolls, dip vegetables into tempura batter, and arrange neat portions of beef teriyaki, gyoza dumplings, and other morsels in bento boxes. Patrons can wash back each bite with sips of bubble tea made with seasonal fruit.
After formally studying the culinary arts in Japan, Hanamura Japanese Restaurant's chef spent 20 years accruing experience and perfecting the staples that now fill his menu. Served in a pastel-green dining room with large bamboo shoots stationed between tables, the seasonally changing entrees evoke a trans-Pacific feel. Carefully arranged schools of sushi and sashimi line plates, and orders of tempura vegetables and seafood emerge from the kitchen as crispy as an autumn leaf covered with potato chips.
Andy Chuma, the chef-owner at Itadakimasu, prepares authentic Japanese cuisine using culinary skills he has honed over the years working in kitchens throughout Canada, France, and Japan. The menu includes classic sushi rolls and unique temari sushi?small rice balls topped with fresh fish?along with shareable tapas-style skewers, bao buns, and udon noodles. Customers can also ask the staff for vegetarian options. A drink list of Japanese beers, sakes, and shochu cocktails complements Chef Chuma's cuisine from the East, while a glimpse into his French past can be seen in the cr?me caramel on the dessert menu or the baguette-shaped telephone at the front of the restaurant.