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.
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.
At Volcano Steak House and Sushi Bar, the chefs work culinary magic right at the tables. Hibachi dinners can include tasty combinations of steak and shrimp, chicken and scallops, or vegetarian options. Along with hibachi meals, the chefs also create raw or cooked sushi rolls at the sushi bar.