Fresh fish, shellfish, and lean meat blend with spices at Maemi Peruvian Cuisine, where South American street fare and carefully plated entrees intermingle atop tables layered in colorful fabrics. Thinly sliced octopus and grilled steak crowned in fried egg showcase Peru’s national cuisine, as do tall glasses of Inca Kola and Cusqueña beer. The chefs put an Asian twist on appetizers, which include Japanese-style tempura and spring rolls, and servers unveil dishes amid booths, Peruvian artwork, and woven tapestries made from repurposed holiday sweaters.
Tokyo Bay Mang Sushi and Japanese Steakhouse spans a spectrum of cooking ideologies, simultaneously folding fresh, raw fish into sushi rolls, searing hibachi items in a scorching blaze, and rounding out the menu with pan-Asian entrees and Thai dishes. Chefs fire up three front-and-center teppanyaki tables, where flaming plumes obscure steak, shrimp, and scallops. The King lobster sushi roll sports dual tempura and fried lobster tails swept up in the flavors of faux crab, asparagus, avocado, and eel sauce. Basil sprinkles thai curries and piping-hot seafood, served behind a façade that mimics the tiered roofs in Thailand that protect possessions from pad thai monsoons.
A combination of savory, sweet, and spicy aromas greets diners when they enter The Queen and I Restaurant, serving as an aromatic prelude to the menu's extensive selection of fragrantly seasoned cuisine. The cooks can stir-fry chicken, pork, or scallops and moonlight-ripened vegetables in a number of sauces, imbuing their entrees with flavors of ginger, basil, or fiery chili paste.
Featuring taupe-hued walls and white tablecloths, the dining room has walls with framed artwork and a painted mural of Thai statues that lend a more authentic trans-Pacific feel than a flipbook made entirely of travel brochures.
The seasoned chefs of Ai-Mei Thai Sakura transport taste buds to the Far East with a well-stocked menu of classic Thai dishes pleasantly mingling with creative sushi rolls and fresh Japanese favorites, earning them several “Best of Tampa Bay” titles from Tampa Bay Magazine. Taste buds can wade into one of seven curries ($10.95+) in a rainbow of colors or dive into five traditional noodle dishes, such as peanut-laden pad thai ($10.95+) and savory pad se ew, staying afloat atop a choice of proteins ranging from juicy beef and pork to sea-fresh scallops and shrimp ($8.95+). Sushi selections include the Dream roll stuffed with spicy mayo and crawfish under a tempura-eel cap ($12.95), and the Tornado, a deep-fried cyclone of tuna, crabmeat, and cream cheese ($11.95). Adventurous eaters can gnaw on the garlicky deep-fried frog legs ($15.95) or the restaurant’s table legs that the chef suggests consuming without soy sauce.
The team at Global Massage and Therapy Center wards off signs of aging with customized med-spa services offered seven days a week. Technicians employ ultrasonic cavitation to smooth lumps and bumps plaguing the lower half of the body, and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments smooth away fine lines and age spots that spell out the client’s true birth year. Achy bodies can find relief with a customized hot-stone massage or an aromatherapy massage that employs a choice of four different blends of herbs, flowers, and fruit-infused oils. The center also provides professional makeup services for weddings, sweet 16s, and quinceañeras.
Since first opening Thai Udon Cafe, Adam Satinsky and Khwan Sawai's expertise at creating Thai and Japanese cuisine has only grown. So the duo opened Benja, which expands upon the original café's selection by adding 25 sushi creations. Standouts include the namesake Benja roll, a medley of fried fish, cream cheese, and asparagus. Hungrier customers can opt for the eatery's massive sushi boats, which feed up to four guests with sushi, sashimi, and edible oars.
Beyond sushi, the chefs whip up classic Japanese and Thai entrees, from teriyaki lobster tails to tofu curry. To complement feasts, bartenders pour wine, imported brews, and hot sakes. Meals unfold in a dining room that mixes traditional Asian artwork with contemporary furniture and neon-blue lighting.