Sushi Nikko’s menu spans borders with its selection of Japanese sushi, Korean-style grilled meats, and Chinese entrees. The sushi chefs line plates with molecule-thin slices of sashimi and fill specialty maki with innovative ingredients, including sautéed onions, deep-fried crawfish, and jalapeños. Hand-battered pork cutlets, fried rice, and marinated beef ribs round out the rest of the menu and serve as heartier alternatives to the sushi creations, which emphasize freshness and clean flavors.
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.
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).
Sushi Cafe owner Dae Woo calls upon nearly two decades of restaurant experience in Asia to cultivate a chopstick-friendly menu bursting with sushi rolls, tempura delicacies, and traditional Japanese dinner entrees. Artful arrangements of sushi decorate the restaurant’s bar, and steamy bowls of miso and udon soups obscure the view across booths nestled between wooden screens. Chopsticks clash over thick cuts of sashimi that await the winners on soft beds of rice, and thin slices of beef doused in korean sweet sauce represent the Asian mainland. As if to show off their culinary prowess, the expert sushi chefs dare diners to customize their own rolls and fearlessly dive headfirst into deep fryers to retrieve tempura vegetables.
Aiyoku Steak Sushi & Bar serves a full line of sushi rolls, including everyone’s favorites and a few of their own creation, such as the crazy boy roll. The restaurant and bar are located in Arlington, Texas and have a very upscale, energetic vibe. On Friday and Saturday nights, they have karaoke, drink specials and a few pool tables. Customers agree that the service is always friendly and efficient. The albacore and yellowtail sashimi are very tasty and fairly priced, along with the miso soup. The crispy calamari is a delicious appetizer or could even be eaten as a main dish. The restaurant is spacious, very clean and there’s usually plenty of seating. During lunch you can find specials like a bento box for only $7. Happy hour offers some great discounts on your favorite beer ($5 pitchers of beer) or cocktail and there are numerous domestic beers on tap. Be sure to try the crabmeat dynamite roll next time you visit Aiyoku Steak Sushi & Bar.