The red teppanyaki tables inside Osaka House host pyrotechnic performances from chefs who quickly slice, toss, and set aflame pieces of meat or veggies. Hibachi entrees run the gamut from chicken and filet mignon to swordfish and lobster, and each dish is accompanied by a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, vegetables, and seasoned rice. Diners can dig into such favorites as egg rolls and California rolls, or simply bowl them across tables into pyramids made of straws.
A Cajun oasis in the Pacific Northwest, Roscoe's publicans serve a rotating, craftsman-forged selection of beers and a simmering kettle of Southern cuisine. Dining duos can plunk themselves down before two Happy Hour–size bowls of homemade chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo at even the most melancholy times and wash them down with a pint of masterfully brewed beer. Although constantly shifting, the beer menu may include such sip collections as the friskily hoppy, pineapple-accented RPM IPA from Boneyard or Pike Brewing's Dry Wit, a summery wheat named for the cutting remarks it makes about noses as it flows into mouths beneath them. Curious thirsts can be quenched with the ineffably tart yet buttery Ichtegem's Grand Cru, and Roscoe's authentic Southern-fare menu lays a sturdy foundation for all-night pool tournaments.
BaRa Sushi House keeps the focus on the fish. Its precisely, appealingly arranged sushi and appetizers lean heavily on seafood imported from Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market every week. BaRa's chefs greet each day with its very own special plate, constantly editing the menu in the hopes of finally crafting that perfect tiny replica of Michelangelo's David from yellowfin tuna. Sake is always flowing inside the snug, vintage house-turned-diner thanks to Marcus Pakiser, sake sommelier. Guests may dine on the outdoor patio when the weather permits, or host a party for up to 9 in the private tatami room.
Uchu Sushi and Fried Chicken’s chefs deftly assemble sustainably sourced seafood into creative sushi rolls, served alongside Japanese-style katsu fried chicken and vegetarian-friendly fusion fare. The expert blade-wielders transform meals from raw fish to raw fish on a plate as patrons watch from behind a lengthy bar, just feet away from two gargantuan water tanks filled with saltwater and fresh-water sea life. Cocktails from Uchu’s drink menu are meticulously blended, complementing other libations such as Oregon-brewed and artisan Japanese sake, as well as shochu, a Japanese spirit often made from sweet potato, rice, or barley.
Lunch sushi bento, sashimi, udon, warm entrees, and an array or appetizers festoon the menu at BlueFin Sushi Bar. The cuisine pays homage both to traditional Japanese dishes such as miso soup as well as modern cuisine. Udon noodles served inside of an invisible sombrero can be paired with a choice of tempura, vegetables, seafood, or chicken with prawns and eggs. Sashimi servings and combos provide diners with a feast from the sea, and speciality sushi combines favorites such as lobster, crab, and avocado. Entrees include grilled wild salmon and free-range teriyaki chicken, which are accompanied by miso, steamed rice, and answers to age old jokes about roads and why to cross them.
The menu at Ukiyoe reflects 30 years of owner Jin Park refining his approach to Japanese cooking. A selection of more than 50 different sushi rolls daunts indecisive appetites and delights craftsmen looking to put wheels on an edible model car. In addition to Japanese staples such as teriyaki and tempura, the eatery serves maki sushi rolled with calamari, vegetables, and fresh salmon.
Unlike at most restaurants, waiting for food is half the fun at Sushi Sakura. A gleaming conveyer belt meanders around the room, transporting a steady stream of sushi-filled plates directly to diners’ tables. Guests are encouraged to remain on the lookout for anything that looks to their liking by constantly scanning the lineup for anything from spicy tuna hand rolls to tender slices of octopus.
Rather than hang a price tag from each roll, the chefs strategically place them on plates in different colors—purple, blue, green, orange, red, and infrared—according to their price. At the end of the meal, the servers calculate the bill by totaling the number and color of the plates that the table selected.
The chrome conveyer belt is a modern touch amid the décor's traditional Japanese accents. Patterned shoji screens and dangling red lanterns emblazoned with kanji provide a bit more flavor from across the Pacific, reinforcing the eatery's dedication to Japan’s culinary traditions.