Sushi Kuni's decor is a fitting preamble to its cuisine. Blond woods complement pillars that take inspiration from shoji screens, eloquently easing diners into a Pacific mindset. Once there, they find plenty of surprises. Along with the requisite sushi, sashimi, and Japanese entrees implied by the surroundings, a full menu of authentic Korean dishes shows off the skill of the restaurant's chefs. Beef dumplings in bone soup can share table space with stir-fried squid and veggies. Then there's the emphasis on healthful culinary traditions. Whole-grain, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian options cater to guests with dietary restrictions as well as those eager to venture into unexplored culinary territory.
Most diners won't need to travel far beyond the expansive sushi menu. Grilled yakitori skewers and teriyaki-glazed chicken appear alongside more than 50 rolls filled with everything from red snapper and mozzarella to lobster tempura and avocado. And for the traditionalist, a variety of fresh sashimi arrives to tables on a carved wooden bridge, which serves as both a symbolic crossing between chef and diner as well as a practical crossing for tiny people who have to cross tiny rivers. Sushi Kuni is now open seven days a week.
The sushi savants at Tokyo Grill concoct rolled delicacies alongside traditional Japanese dishes in an open, intimate setting. The expansive menu presents both à la carte options and combination platters. Ease into meals with the Beginner Sushi combinations ($7.86–$14.86), which feature a choice of soup or salad, two to three varieties of sushi, and chopsticks with training wheels. Tuna, salmon, and yellowtail refract through taste-prisms in the Rainbow maki ($10), a colorful California roll. Or cast a net in fish-free territories to yield seven maki options such as the kimchee maki ($4), in which fresh spicy vegetables and scallions come ensconced in a sesame seed roll. The Tokyo Special—one of many non-cylindrical meals available—finds culinary harmony in teriyaki-basted salmon, shrimp, and avocado with green mussel ($18.86). At the meal’s end, the tempura ice cream defies convention by revealing a crunchy fried outer shell and a CD-R of death-metal renditions of showtunes ($3.85).
While having a split personality is not the healthiest thing for a person, it works well for a restaurant, as evidenced by Shanghai Ichiban, where a lively Japanese steakhouse and intimate/quiet/elegant Chinese dining room happily coexist under one roof. Diners settle around hibachi tables on the restaurant’s Japanese side, where paintings of crashing waves mimic the cacophonous sounds of knives and spatulas as chefs go to work. Around the hibachi grill, chefs flaunt their showmanship and precise cooking skills by juggling their cooking utensils and maneuvering morsels of filet mignon, scallops, or chicken atop the wide, flat grill. In the quieter Chinese dining room, servers present entrees of sesame chicken or spicy chung king pork on white tablecloths. While Chinese cuisine is dominant on this side, the chefs practice their pan-Asian flair as well, serving up Korean dishes, Vietnamese pho, and cool morsels of fresh sushi.
Tucked away on a quiet street, it would be a shame to miss this pearl in the urban jungle. Mikado Sushi Restaurant is one of those rare places you stumble across by luck and then you keep coming back to again, and again, and again. There is just no filling up on their delicious, homemade sushi rolls that look just as good as they taste. The menu variety will suite even the most demanding tastes as it offers both classic and fusion-style delicacies that are healthy and tasty. Talk about piercing two fish with one chop stick! Specials change daily, so be sure to drop by for the newest healthy options that are an integral part of a well-balanced diet. Oh, and let’s not forget the fast and friendly personnel, ready to cater to your every culinary whim.
Rather than specialize in a particular region of Asian cuisine, Fuji Yama Asian Bistro's chefs exhibit their culinary mastery by creating authentic dishes from throughout the continent. In the dining room, hibachi chefs wow diners with bursts of flame that sizzle scallops, steaks, and veggies. Meanwhile, behind the sushi bar, the culinary team artfully plates rolls filled with ingredients such as deep-fried asparagus, red snapper, and tofu skin, which tofu habitually sheds every spring. Aesthetically pleasing plates emerge from the kitchen throughout the service, where cooks stir chicken, tofu, or pork into thai green curry and make Chinese classics such as beef with broccoli.
Every hour is Happy Hour at Maru Grand Rapids! With a philosophy built on the serving best ingredients, you can be sure that you’re in for a real treat when you walk through those doors. It’s all so finger-licking-good and oh-so-organic for benefit of the customers! It’s no wonder this is the favorite hanging spot for health fanatics and people who want more from life, and from the meal placed in front of them. Wild juicy fish, fresh crunchy salad leafs, tender beef, fresh legumes and mild sauces – everything is executed to perfection before it makes its way on the plate. With a boldly eclectic menu, featuring something for everyone – Maru makes a sushi aficionado even from the most unbelieving souls.