Beneath the softly glowing paper lanterns above the sushi bar, chefs at Happy Teriyaki #4 are hand rolling maki destined for both individual plates and the all-you-can-eat sushi bar. But it's the signature sauce, fresh vegetables, and charcoal-broiled meats in their teriyaki dishes that are their claim to fame: the restaurant earned the title of Best Teriyaki in Evening Magazine and KING 5's Best of Western Washington awards in both 2011 and 2012.
The owners' pride in their work is not only evidenced by their artful and flavorful culinary creations but also by the restaurant's inviting ambiance. Colorful Japanese screens add a touch of authentic flair to the dining room, where high-backed, private booths prevent fellow guests from copying homework. Beyond praising the "fast, tasty and affordable" food, Jennifer Johnson of the Weekly Volcano commended the staff for "service [that] has not only been efficient and swift but pleasantly provided."
Several culinary styles meet in the kitchen of Sushimaru, an Asian-fusion eatery. That's because the menu travels from Chinese appetizers such as egg rolls and gyoza dumplings to Korean classics such as bulgogi to Japanese teriyaki and bento boxes. Chefs fashion fresh ingredients into sashimi and fusion sushi rolls such as the Blue Mountain, which combines crabmeat and avocado with baked mozzarella, string potatoes, and blueberry jam.
Iron Chef Japanese Steak House's seasoned chefs combine culinary skill with a flair for showmanship, treating guests to both a delicious meal of filet mignon, lobster, and stir fried veggies, as well as a night of memorable entertainment. As they sear tender steaks and fresh shrimp, teppanyaki masters dazzle patrons with tricks, juggling morsels of food with spatulas and creating onion volcanoes that belch flames and send lava pouring over veggie dioramas of Pompeii. Guests seated around the flat-topped iron grill ooh and aah at the masterful knife work and dexterity of their tableside host, then dig into mouthwatering meals served with salad, soup, prawn appetizers, steamed rice, and ice cream.
It's no surprise that Akasaka Restaurant, named after a neighborhood in Tokyo, offers traditional Japanese specialties. Diners tuck into freshly sliced sashimi, seasonal imports of Kobe beef, and shabu shabu hot pots of seaweed-infused broth in which diners can simmer morsels of beef or seafood. But according to The Seattle Times, there's another showstopper: "It's hard to get past the great Korean food at this longtime Federal Way favorite."
On tabletop grills, guests can broil hand-cut short ribs, slices of scarlet bulgogi beef, and other korean meats to their liking. Servers present more than a dozen types of housemade kimchi and other korean banchan to accompany savory meals, along with glasses of sake, whiskey, and Asian beer.
Kaihana compiles a menu of traditional Asian fare elevated by a sterling selection of sushi rolls and delicately sliced sashimi. Three-course meals begin with a choice of a crab rangoon, stuffed gyoza, edamame, egg roll or a green salad appetizer. Diners can then order their favorite rice-wrapped tastes with a special roll––such as a Las Vegas roll, honeymoon roll, or hot night roll––and a maki sushi roll customized to their preference, allowing patrons to express themselves through food instead of the usual impromptu tabletop choreography. Like two sides of any seaweed-wrapped coin, California and tuna rolls come in a choice of spicy or mild, while salmon and vegetarian rolls are also available for un-meat eaters and those whose appetites are unable to adapt to Pacific Standard Time. Sweet teeth can conclude their epicurean journey with a choice of fruit bowl, ice cream, or a deep-fried banana topped with whipped cream and chocolate, and Kaihana's regular menu is also available for customers who wish to order additional eats (not included in the value of today's Groupon).
O Phở & Teriyaki’s chefs prepare a flavorful array of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese fare served inside a glowing, golden dining room. Steam rises from healthful bowls of phở, where beef brisket and rice noodles float in hot, clear broth, served with cool bean sprouts, spicy jalapeño, and tart lime for building complexity. Chinese staples such as kung pao tofu and shrimp fried rice accompany tall glasses of honeydew bubble tea, conspiring on tactics to overthrow general tso’s chicken army.