Bold flavors infuse Mizu Sushi Bar's menu of nigiri sushi, maki rolls, and cooked pan-Asian dishes. Spicy garlic sauce erupts from the Screaming Volcano roll, and tangy housemade teriyaki clings to charbroiled chicken and beef. Korean BBQ entrees such as beef ribs and bulgogi add international flavor, like the parts of Three Stooges films where Moe swears in Javanese. And for those who prefer less spice, tempura shrimp and veggies hide inside crisp batter, and udon noodles swirl in mild broth.
Though located in the trendy Washington Avenue district, Mizu's industrial-style space is "spacious and sleek without seeming hipper than thou," according to the Riverfront Times. Track lighting dangles from an exposed ceiling next to flat-screen TVs and a wall-mounted sculpture of tortoises striving to be seen as more than just potential eyeglass frames.
The chefs at Kampai Sushi Bar draw on recipes from traditional Japanese and Korean cuisine to create classic dishes as well as playfully updated fare. Behind the sushi bar, they roll maki with fresh slices of salmon and decadent chunks of fried lobster tail, adding nontraditional flair with ingredients such as sweet pumpkin, honey-wasabi sauce, or potato chips. For heartier entrees, they can grill marinated korean short ribs or drizzle a deep-fried pork loin in a slightly sugary fruit sauce, the same way attorneys prepare briefs for sweet-toothed Supreme Court justices.
At each of Drunken Fish's upscale restaurants, chefs create traditional and specialty sushi, along with stir-frys and other Japanese entrees. Fresh tuna nigiri and 10 oz Teriyaki glazed strip steak make for tasty pairings with signature cocktails, such as the Madame Butterfly with raspberry vodka, mango puree, and pineapple juice. Drunken Fish has four convenient locations within St. Louis, each featuring modern decor.
Wasabi snares sushi seekers with more than 80 varieties of nigiri, maki, hand rolls, and gunkwan sushi. Begin your chopsticking with the Batman roll, which swoops in to save languishing taste buds with a savory combination of eel, avocado, and street justice ($9). Nighttime noshers can complement the sushi with one of the dinner menu’s mouth-friendly features, such as grilled salmon ($17), whereas day fuelers can avail themselves of the lunch menu’s bento offerings, including the four-part teriyaki beef bento ($9.50).
Hibachi Grill & Buffet stays one step ahead of the whims of diners' appetites by filling its buffet with Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and American dishes. The smorgasbord often includes entrees such as general tso's chicken, fried shrimp, and custom hibachi preparations grilled to order, as well as slices of pizza and saucy wings. Diners who opt for sushi will discover rolls that have been artfully arranged on plates amid swirls of savory sauces. The restaurant also offers items ? la carte if you're not in the mood to bump elbows at the buffet line or jostle for the coveted spot in front of the hibachi chef.
Armed with more than 20 years of in-kitchen expertise, the chefs at Ginger Bistro seamlessly intermingle the flavors of French, North American, and Pan-Asian cuisines to create a menu of updated classics. Inside the restaurant's modern dining room, which twinkles under star-like ceiling lights, golden tabletops grow heavy with bowls piled with shrimp, scallops, and lobster meat tossed together with spicy kimchi and fresh veggies. Blue light floods the lounge area as patrons sip on Asian-inspired cocktails such as the asian mojito with Bacardi, fresh mint, and cucumber-infused sake. Flat-screen TVs enable diners to catch up on the latest car commercials while they dine.