Conversations pause and heads turn whenever servers at Japanese Grill carry their signature sushi boat through the dining room. Onboard the handsome wooden vessel, a dazzling spread of specialty rolls, nigiri, and sashimi showcases the sushi chefs’ culinary talents, creativity, and eye for aesthetic spectacle. Their repertoire of rolls ranges from classic crab california rolls to innovative Rock rolls with shrimp tempura, jalapeño, and sweet spicy mayo—each sliced and lined up on its own specially shaped plate.
As the sushi chefs work behind their bar, Japanese grill gurus busy themselves in the kitchen, sizzling up seafood teriyaki, flame bathing hibachi meats, and causing pots of udon noodles to boil with but one seductive glance. Meanwhile, out amid the burgundy booths of the dining room, bartenders dole out cups of hot sake and specialty cocktails beneath the glimmer of hanging blue lanterns and the flicker of flat-screen TVs. Come Tuesday, the restaurant erupts into a music-fueled party powered by karaoke jams.
At Om Sushi, chefs prepare Japanese cuisine as well as boldly flavored Korean dishes. They fill sushi rolls with components such as pickled radish, white tuna, and scallops, garnishing plates with strips of sage-green nori or chopped mango. Udon noodles simmer in broth with shrimp tempura, and morsels of beef marinate before being grilled for bulgogi. Patrons can wash it all back with sake, wine, and imported beers.
Formerly known as Mochi Kitchen, Ku's Sushi unites East and West with a bridge of seaweed-wrapped sushi and eclectic Asian dishes, combining the best ingredients from various culinary traditions to create a fusion all its own. Thick cuts of albacore tuna nuzzle into beds of rice on plates of sushi or sashimi, and brave chopsticks duel with the spines of sea urchins before claiming the spoils of victory. Miso lends its salty flavor to succulent fillets of Chilean sea bass and salmon, and staples such as kung pao chicken honor the Asian mainland. Small lamps bathe the dining room's glossy black sushi bar in a scarlet glow as chefs impress diners by making rolls while blindfolded with ribbons of seaweed.
East Ocean Restaurant's sushi slingers and wok wizards serve up a vast selection of raw delights and cooked Chinese delicacies. Sink incisors into a smattering of chef's specialties, including the sweet and sour supreme, where chicken, pork, and shrimp play good-cop bad-cop with tongues until they burst into flavorful tears ($9.95). Seafarers and bodybuilders can share a jaw-flexing bond as they nosh on the shrimp lo mein ($7.50), and clumsy bears can sate saccharine cravings without losing their place in the food chain with the honey-garlic chicken wings ($6.50). East Ocean's smattering of more than 20 varieties of aesthetic sushi and sashimi quell eye hungers and fill stomachs with selections such as yellow tail sushi ($5.50), eel sashimi ($9.95), and more than 30 varieties of maki rolls, great for stacking into edible mini snowmen. East Ocean also offers an array of authentic desserts and beverages, including green-tea ice cream ($3.50) and Japanese sodas ($1.95).
Though its name suggests otherwise, the Forget About It roll’s unorthodox ingredients make it pretty memorable: the flavorful crunch of shrimp tempura is wrapped up with crawfish and accented by ginger cream. It's just one of the many unique combinations dreamed up by Piranha Killer Sushi's owner and chef, Kenzo Tran. Non-traditional sushi fixings are Kenzo’s specialty, from the White Lotus roll’s pico de gallo and truffle oil sauce to the Bullet roll’s cilantro chili purée and edible police officer’s badge.
That blend of the classic and unconventional runs throughout Piranha Killer Sushi's menu at all four locations including the newly remodeled location in Fort Worth. Besides distinctive rolls, the kitchen serves up dishes such as Korean beef in ginger marinade, salads with octopus and spicy conch, and blue crab fried rice. Ditto the drink menu, featuring specialty libations such as the saketini, a blend of vodka, gin, and sake with a cucumber garnish. The restaurant's whimsical take on Japanese fare hasn't gone unnoticed—media outlets laud it for its tasty creations and inviting decor.