Tokyo Asian Bistro’s chefs perform culinary feats before dining audiences in traditional hibachi style, and specialty sushi, Chinese, and Thai dishes emerge fresh from the kitchen. Knives hew fresh filet mignon, lobster, and shrimp tableside before the morsels simmer on an iron griddle. Servers water diners with specialty cocktails, sake, and fresh smoothies inside an elegant dining atmosphere replete with Asian artwork, elegant rugs, and an absence of neon inflatable castles.
A few years ago, Clement Liu came to a realization: the quality and authenticity of local Chinese food wasn’t meeting his expectations. So, along with his partner, Yu-Hong Li—who was part of the first generation to open postwar dine-in restaurants in China—Clement took matters into his own hands and opened Li Asian Cuisine.
Both Clement and Yu-Hong boast decades of experience in the Asian-restaurant industry. At Li Asian Cuisine, they augmented their own skills by hiring chefs from numerous Asian backgrounds. That diversity in cooking styles is reflected on the menu, which features regional Chinese cuisine as well as other popular Japanese, Thai, and Mongolian dishes, including sushi and pad thai. Equally pleasing to the eye and palate, those creations are served in a modern but not over-decorated dining room, complete with a full bar and a hibachi-style cooking station.
Pendant lamps ensconced in sleek chrome or zebra-striped shades cast a soft glow across Sushi Thai, where blue walls offset the colorful fish fillets within the glass sushi case. Sushi chefs slice tuna tartare and coil specialty rolls behind the sushi bar as cooks in the kitchen prepare a menu of Thai fusion and sushi dishes such as pad thai with beef, udon noodles with chicken, and spicy Thai-style fried rice with chilies and basil. To complement these meals, guests can choose from an extensive drink menu brimming with wines and sakes.
Genji’s menu of traditional hibachi-style grill cuisine fires up the senses with a memorable dining experience that focuses on a sizzling grill and skilled chef dazzling diners with knife wielding dexterity. Stop in for lunch or dinner, grab a drink, listen to the fragrant aromas, and savor a helping of Genji sesame chicken ($15.99, dinner menu only), calamari ($5.99), or a N.Y. steak and scallops dinner ($19.99, dinner menu only). All dinners include a Japanese Shoyu soup, Genji salad, shrimp appetizer, vegetables, steamed rice, and tableside entertainment. Gaze at the grill in wonder, or simply watch the culinary flames flicker your pocket-sized scrying pool.
Stepping inside Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse, an eatery located on Brice Road, patrons might hear an audible sizzle as hibachi chefs sear filet mignon, lobster, and other meats and seafood on open grills. Diners can pair each savory bite with mushroom soup, grilled shrimp, and other sides.
After arriving in the United States from his native China, head chef Leon Liang honed his cookery skills at restaurants in Montgomery, Alabama, and Charleston, South Carolina, eventually opening an establishment of his own with Kasai Japanese Restaurant. Taking its name from the Japanese word for joyous celebration, Kasai welcomes diners with a parade of udon noodles, hibachi-style steaks, and a dizzying array of sushi makis and nigiri treats. Like butter sculptures or edible finger paints, each meal blends artistry and gastronomy, enrapturing taste buds and eyeballs with sushi rolls draped in vibrant green avocado and meticulously arranged sashimi platters. Visitors share laughs over tuna and sake at the marble-topped sushi bar, or ensconce themselves in the sheltered back room with traditional cushioned floor seating and a simple, elegant decor of dark hardwood.