Instead of rubbing elbows with strangers, diners at Hibachi Xpress enjoy all the speed and flavor of communal hibachi cooking from the comfort of private tables. The locally owned and operated restaurant's expert chefs create high-quality, made-to-order hibachi cuisine and sushi sans showboating, thrusting their savory creations into the spotlight all on their own. Hibachi entrees such as the chicken and mixed vegetables are cooked with teriyaki sauce, fried or white rice, and zucchini and onions ($7.75), and tempura dishes such as the shrimp and vegetables take a dip into the hot-oil hot tub ($8).
A traditional Japanese art form, kabuki theater involves elaborate displays of song and dance. Living up to this tradition, Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar puts on a show every day during lunch and dinner with an unlikely cast. Atop tableside grills, meats sizzle in song; flames dance into the air; and knives refuse to perform unless their name is first on the marquee. Hibachi chefs direct all of this action, and their skilled hands slice and cook meat entrees that range from sesame chicken to lobster to rib-eye steak. Complementing the grilled cuisine, sushi chefs prepare classic california rolls and specialty rolls such as the Krazy: avocado, crab, and cream cheese bundled beneath a cap of lobster salad.
Maru's distinct pan-Asian cuisine blends Japanese and Korean cuisine into tapas-style dining and elaborate sushi rolls. Amid deep crimson walls and rich mahogany woods, diners tuck into Korean short ribs or marinated bulgogi?thin-sliced rib-eye steak?as chopsticks conduct Japanese flavor symphonies of miso-marinated pork belly and char-broiled squid drizzled in sweet ginger sauce. Omakase-style dining gives culinary adventurers a chance to tour the chef's favorite new creations, sampling their way through an off-menu spread of sushi. Alternatively, guests can delight in the bistro's complex sushi mainstays, such as the Maru roll, stuffed with crab and cream cheese, topped with spicy tuna, and christened with crispy spires of sliced lotus root. The sushi bar also slices its own tapas dishes, slinging shareable plates of yellowtail with organic microgreens, jalapeño, and ponzu, or cuts of spicy tuna and avocado served on lotus-root chips.
Blues and reds fill the dining-room walls at Tokyo House Japanese Restaurant, which features a menu of Japanese favorites, including nigiri and maki sushi, many types of noodle dishes, and hibachi entrees. Diners can watch the chefs at work at a sushi bar as they craft special rolls such as the Scary Jerry with mild or spicy yellowtail, tuna, and salmon on top of a crunchy roll with scallop.