Chefs at Fuji of Japan fill sashimi platters, maki rolls, and hibachi seafood entrees with fish sourced from local Japanese importers or the Harbor Fish Market. The sushi bar turns these fresh ingredients—many delivered just hours before opening—into signature maki such as the cris roll, which is stuffed and topped with tuna. Hibachi chefs also flash-cook fish alongside duck, filet mignon, and other meaty entrees atop an expansive flat grill. Prepared in front of patrons’ eyes, these dinners include a cornucopia of courses—from onion soup to a shrimp appetizer—that distract stomachs while the knife-wielding chef trims onlookers' beards without them noticing.
Lamps hang from a gleaming wood ceiling over the sushi bar at Shiki Hibachi & Sushi, illuminating cuts of fresh, vividly hued seafood. Chefs deftly slice the seafood for sashimi platters and specialty rolls such as the Naruto¬—a rice-free medley of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and avocado wrapped in thin slices of cucumber. Seats positioned along the sushi bar allow diners to watch the appetizing show, but there’s another show competing for their attention: the hibachi chefs flipping lobster tails, filet mignon, and other proteins through the air over tableside grills.
The chefs at Kujaku Japanese Restaurant flip filet mignon and scallops on a hibachi grill, deep-fry tempura-battered shrimp, and craft specialty sushi rolls with ingredients such as lump crabmeat, mango, and avocado. Diners can wash down bites with Japanese sodas, beer, or wine, or order a cocktail from the fully stocked bar.
Bond Grill’s shrimp slathered in a soy ginger sauce, filet mignon flame-licked atop a hibachi grill, and freshly sliced lobster-tempura rolls have all hooked the taste buds of the people at Zagat, who gave the eatery’s menu a rating of very good to excellent. Other dishes on the pan-Asian spread include pad thai noodles swaddling pieces of beef, sesame chicken, and teriyaki-glazed salmon.
A fishpond murmurs beside the entrance to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant, where owner and head chef Hiroyuki "James" Nagata oversees his lunch and dinner recipes. Nagata, whose decades of culinary experience include a stint at one of the world's largest fish markets, rolls and slices sushi. His sushi creations include minced scallop sashimi and the Plum Tree Roll, whose medley of tuna and eel is crowned with a rainbow of roe. The recently renovated restaurant—in business for 20 years—sets an elegant scene, with walnut and cherry-wood floors, hand-painted wallpaper, and doorways arched like Shinto shrines. Outside, the patio’s waterfall emanates the pleasant sound of splashes, like a walrus playing in a flooded basement.
A short spring roll's toss from the Saugatuck River, this family-run eatery taps into influences from China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia to assemble its sizeable menu. Reflective of the Taiwanese chef's training, which spans more than 20 years, the cuisine focuses heavily on Japanese dishes such as fresh-cut sashimi and nearly 100 sushi rolls ranging from lo-carb options to baked and cooked morsels. Korean-style bibim bab and thai-basil fried rice steam beside house specialties that spotlight seafood and mixed vegetables bobbing in umami-packed seas of sesame, basil, or black-bean sake sauce. Guests that don't solicit takeout or delivery services can get cozy in the bistro's dining area, which—like the tip of a flagpole—offers limited seating.
Hanging lanterns cast a crimson glow as paintings of poppies add a dash of color to the walls of Reiki Sushi & Asian Bistro. Within these characteristic confines, deft chefs prepare fresh fish in the guise of more than 59 varieties of sushi rolls with flavorful vegetables and a selection of sashimi served fresh daily including, live scallop, blue fin toro, and sea urchin. For patrons who prefer cooked fare or are feeling emotional about a former pet eel, Reiki Sushi & Asian Bistro also serves hot meals from throughout the region, including chicken teriyaki, vegetable tempura, and pad thai, along with fusion finds such as blackened tuna tacos.