Chef Yasushi Watanabe has sated sushi-seeking Chattanoogans since 1991 with a menu of authentic Japanese cuisine. Fresh fish is flown in daily from both coasts, serving as tasty dish adornments, offering fins of peace amongst rebel schools, and comparing regional submarine patois. Midday munchies are quenched with selections from the lunch menu, which include a lunch-box special consisting of fried dumplings, chicken teriyaki, rice, and a california or hot-crunchy roll ($8.95).
Is there a place you can go where “dinner and show” takes on a whole new meaning? The answer is Yes. Fuji Steak & Sushi in Chattanooga, Tennessee makes a show out of every meal it creates. Food is prepared by highly-trained chefs on a sizzling-hot teppanyaki hibachi grill literally inches from where you sit. Watch in amazement as your food is sliced, diced, flipped, tossed, and ultimately cooked to perfection in the most amusing form of food preparation yet invented. All the ingredients at Fuji Steak & Sushi are selected for their freshness and flavor and will delight you just as much as the preparation.
The sound of fire. The igniting exhalation before the steady breath of the flame sustains. The heat pulsing steadily outward from the steel grill—you feel it on your glowing face. But the chef looks cool. He’s a master, after all; a flat, metal spatula in one hand and an enormous, sharp knife in the other. Kani House’s teppanyaki tables are no strangers to the action of hibachi, where these chefs entertain their guests before plating seared steak and scallops alongside fresh, sautéed vegetables. The steady sushi masters may not share their compatriots’ outward exuberance, but their work is just as delicious. From behind their long bar, they assemble maki cylinders with tender cuts of fatty tuna and bright salmon, artfully arranging cuts of more than 50 specialty rolls in the shape of gentle caterpillars or fearsome members of the Japanese Diet. Bright bamboo panels and natural stone add to the vibrant ambiance, surrounding diners with dark-wood and nuanced accents that keep the focus on the beauty of excellent cuisine.
Sun Cafe’s chefs handpick produce from pesticide-free gardens, and they ship in fresh fish and meat daily for their vast menu of Thai, Japanese, and Asian delicacies. The chefs tuck seafood into more than 20 traditional sushi rolls and 17 house-specialty rolls at the sushi bar, creating such rolls as the Sunset Boulevard—steamed lobster, crab, shrimp, and avocado topped with mango and caviar. They realize that many people are not enthusiastic about eating raw fish, so they include many cooked sushi options on the menu too.
They also simmer Thai curries and udon noodle bowls and plate Chinese classics such as general tso’s chicken. In addition to the familiar Pan-Asian dishes, the menu introduces more obscure offerings such as crispy-duck noodle soup, steamed cod, and deep-fried air.
The culinary artisans at Phuket Thai Restaurant & Sushi sling a menu of Thai cuisine and sushi rolls as colorful as the eatery's yellow and red walls. Coconut milk?infused curries and noodle dishes share plate real estate with house specialties such as roasted duck curry and spicy catfish, as well as more than 25 sushi rolls packed with fresh seafood and vegetables. Steaming pans also sizzle gluten-free and vegetarian entrees, and chefs gladly accommodate requests for varying levels of spice and sentience. Asian artwork dots the walls throughout the dining room, lending to an overall vibe of soothing east-Asian calm.
Do you love sushi? Then, join the sushi lovers at I Love Sushi for contemporary Japanese cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner with happy hour specials, I Love Sushi is a fantastic place to relax with a friends and good food after work or during the weekend. Spring Rolls and Spicy Chicken satisfy the palette while Steak Teriyaki and Vegetable Tempura have taste buds jumping for joy. I Love Sushi’s chefs create a feast for the eyes as well, with beautifully crafted plates worthy of a food selfie. On the beverage side, patrons can taste several cocktail delights such as the Lychee Martini, Kirstie’s Fujitini and the ever popular Cosmopolitan. Diners with gluten free or low sodium needs will have wheat-free and low sodium soy sauce to meet their needs. For special seating in the Tatami Room, guests should call ahead to reserve a spot.