Japanese Restaurants in Carmel

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Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.

820 E 116th St
Carmel,
IN
US

Successful cooking is largely a matter of knowing when to stick with tradition and when to innovate. At Taste of Sensu, tomato salsa adds a kiss of acidity to unorthodox lobster-tail taco. Crisp toast supports pulverized shrimp and ruby-red spicy tuna jam, time-tested sushi ingredients configured in an adventurous fashion. Chefs lace sushi rolls with attention-grabbing ingredients and textures; the Cabo Roll, for instance, combines shrimp tempura and tuna with seared beef, pickled jalapeño, and chipotle mayonnaise, and the spicy tuna roll gets its crunch from hearts of romaine lettuce. Toasting glasses in the dining room brim with sparkling sake, wines fermented on the West coast, and fruity cocktails like the air tanks of an amateur scuba diver.

110 W Main St
Carmel,
IN
US

At Ichiban Sushi Bar & Sammy's Asian Cuisine, the kitchen preaches inclusion. Chefs stir-fry plates of pad thai along with mongolian beef, and sushi experts arrange artful rolls of fresh fish behind a glimmering black bar. Collectively, this culinary ensemble crafts a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai traditions served amid the warm light of suspended lanterns.

For dinner, patrons peruse everything from homestyle tofu to panang curry and the Dreaming duck—a pan-fried duck breast served with basil sauce. House sauces bring signature flairs to other dishes as well, with a sweet tomato sauce topping the sweet-and-sour fish fillet and the chef’s specialty sauce drizzled over the OE sushi roll’s spicy crab, green onions, roe, and lobster. Other sushi options threaten to overwhelm the indecisive with maki, nigiri, sashimi, and combinations between. Textures collide in the golden cheese roll's mix of shrimp tempura and cream cheese, whereas the volcano roll dresses a california roll with spicy crayfish instead of baking soda and vinegar. Sips of sake and imported Japanese beers wash down bites from any culinary tradition, leaving mouths ready for desserts of green-tea ice cream.

8265 US 31 S
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Narita's lunch and dinner menus offer a vast array of classic Japanese cuisine. Snag an appetizing catch with chopstick lures, and nosh on dinner entrees such as the Hibachi jumbo shrimp ($14), served with steamed or fried rice, sautéed vegetables, and a soup or salad, or the popular pork ramen ($12). Prime palates for a delectable dining experience that doesn’t take place in deranged dada dream worlds, with appetizers such as the rock shrimp ($6) or crispy soft shell crab ($7.50). After starting off the day by downing an egg-yolk cocktail and pummeling frozen beef in a freezer, stay consistent by sampling a variety of expertly prepared raw and cooked sushi options. Opt for a delectable maki roll like the Mexico with shrimp tempura and avocado ($5.45), or fling fistfuls of Narita specialty rolls into your kisser, such as the kamikaze ($8.25), which is a tongue-tingling choice twined with eel, tuna, avocado, and spicy mayo.

6108 Cambridge Way
Plainfield,
IN
US

Veteran chefs prepare Stir Crazy’s Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes on sizzling woks right in the dining room. So while diners-to-be ponder the menu of more than 50 traditional and innovative Asian creations, they'll witness knives quartering veggies and flames lapping at the edges of the wok as the sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen come alive around them. Should your taste buds riot at the sight of all this mouth-watering action, satisfy them with an appetizer like the Ahi tuna and avocado poke ($8), a spicy stack of fresh fish and cool veggies. For main courses, choose from an array of entrees like the sweet and sour chicken, a dish featuring tender pieces of crispy chicken tossed with broccoli, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, and pineapple in a sweet and tangy sauce ($12.50). Or manage your intake with the Crazy Feature menu, which offers smaller-in-portion but towering-in-flavor classics like Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, served with a crispy veggie spring roll (all $8.88).

6020 E 82ND ST
INDIANAPOLIS,
IN
US

The multitalented chefs at Hong Kong House are equally adept at perform feats of filleting on searing hibachi grills as they are at crafting delicate sushi rolls from fresh ingredients. A perusal of the MSG-free menu alights on a number of tempting appetizer attributes to kick off a savory meal, including the sideways strut of the soft-shell crab ($7), the flexing of baked mussels ($4.50), or the screaming tantrums of the shrimp tempura ($6.50). With more than 15 sushi rolls to choose from, diners can get their protein fill from the barbecue eel ($9.75) and yellowtail ($4.50) sushi rolls, or coast through a sea of nigiri ($1.50/piece) and sashimi ($1.25/piece) morsels.

6579 Route 334
Zionsville,
IN
US