Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. It’s a difficult reputation to live up to, but Tokyo Japanese Restaurant attempts to uphold the traditions of this culinary heavyweight with its menu of authentic Japanese cuisine.
The three-course hibachi meal for two is perhaps the best display of the eatery’s extensive offerings with its shrimp appetizer, choice of soup or salad, and a triumvirate of sirloin steak, shrimp, and chicken. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant also boasts a large sushi and maki menu filled with common favorites, such as spicy salmon rolls, and more hard-to-come-by selections, such as quail egg and spicy crawfish.
Named one of the best sushi restaurants by the Arkansas Times in 2010, Mt. Fuji has been serving fresh sushi and authentic, healthy Japanese cuisine for the past 24 years. Its multifarious menu includes sushi, tempura, teriyaki dishes, noodles, and rice dishes. Dive teeth-first into a wave of flavor with an appetizer such as the green seaweed salad ($5.75). Rolled-up revelations include the Alligator Roll ($9.95), a tasty trio of shrimp, eel, and avocado that prompts diners to bite before being bitten. Wiley coyotes and demolition derbyists can light the fuse of flavor with the Dynamite Roll, bringing tuna and yellowtail together in fiery fraternity with a spicy sauce ($7.25). Traditional entrees are served with soup, salad, and rice and include such delightful delicacies as chicken teriyaki ($13.50) and shrimp tempura ($16.95) to satisfy those of the cooked-food persuasion.
Beginning with japanese culinary techniques and thai flavors, Sushi Cafe's chefs create innovative fusion cuisine with Eastern as well as Western touches. Traditional sushi rolls with spicy tuna or tempura lobster tail appear along with more imaginative options, which can feature seared new york strip steak, sweet-chili vinaigrette, or strawberry purée. Although the chefs fly in bigeye tuna from Hawaii and sockeye salmon from Alaska, they also supply flavors from farther across the Pacific. Sweet-potato fries accompany panko-crusted red snapper to create an inventive take on fish ‘n’ chips, and steamed mussels arrive in a creamy, sake-spiked broth.
Mimicking the eclecticism of the menu, the dining room features everything from bamboo stalks and a sumo-wrestler statuette on the sushi bar to pop-art portraits of Marilyn Monroe along its lemon-yellow walls. The decor also helps create a thoroughly modern ambiance with its track lighting, flat-screen televisions, and hovering tabletops.
Raye & Company Salon's tight-knit team of five stylists and one manicurist tend to the appearances of their clientele. During a preappointment consultation, a stylist explains any home maintenance or open-air convertible rides that a hairstyle may require. The coiffure artists favor products by Matrix, Biomega, and Coppola Designer Hair Care and use the styling aids to smooth hair texture, add highlights, or craft classic styles.
Waxing services keep pelts smooth, and mani-pedis keep nail beds healthy and sculpted. Men can also stop by to have their manes and mustaches trimmed or fluffed. Outside of business hours, the quintet of beauty specialists participates in charity events. Recently, the group appeared at a Race for the Cure function and facilitated a donation to the Humane Society.
At Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, the chefs set out to create a fully engaging dining experience for guests, relying on showmanship and knife skills in addition to interesting flavor combinations. Surrounded by rich earth tones and in front of patrons' very eyes, they man gas-heated hibachi grills and juggle platefuls of steak, seafood, and vegetables into flashes of fire. Across the room, the sushi chefs avoid open flames and high-wattage light bulbs entirely as they roll a number of traditional and contemporary maki, filling each one with delicate cuts of fish and piquant dabs of sauce. Amid the bustle of flashing knives, sputtering grill tops, and standing ovations, flat-screen TVs also keep guests entertained at the restaurant's fully stocked bar.
From fresh sashimi to spicy red curry, the chefs at A.W. Lin's cook up the best recipes from China, Japan, and Thailand using organic ingredients and locally grown produce. Their expansive menu boasts classic Chinese specialties and sushi rolls, but also tempts diners to sample exciting flavors with their chef's specials. Hibachi chicken, thai-style calamari, fried oysters, or steak and shrimp with honey walnuts overhaul perceptions of classic Asian food, while drunken noodles, pad thai, and coconut shrimp play on classic themes. Amid the upscale, sun-strewn dining room's contemporary artwork and rotund bar, guests can sip fair-trade coffee and tea, cap off exotic meals with the restaurant's signature fried cheesecake, or test out their x-ray glasses by trying to read messages inside fortune cookies.