Phin Sushi and Steak's chefs prepare classical maki, sushi, and sashimi with fresh salmon, individually whittled grains of rice, and other familiar ingredients; but also deviate from the norm by incorporating asparagus, dried gourd shavings, and cheddar and monterey jack cheeses into some dishes. Japanese-style entrees include small flourishes that help to distinguish them, such as teriyaki dishes with organic chicken and house-made sauce.
A low-slung sushi bar divides the lounge and dining areas, which share up-tempo music and a modern aesthetic despite their drastically different color schemes. The lounge boasts cool grays and fluorescent backlighting, and the dining section's vibrant red walls and lit sconces create a warmer feel throughout.
After sharpening his culinary skills in his native Japan at Monsel Ton Ton Restaurant in Tokyo and the five-star Westin Osaka, Chef Yamamoto Lee relocated to Milwaukee, where he now brings nearly 30 years of culinary experience to the kitchen at Midori Fusion. The eatery, which was featured as the Restaurant of the Month by Key Milwaukee, satiates cravings for Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu of appetizers—such as fried bean curd and tempura squid—and traditional entrees, including beef short ribs, tempura shrimp, and salmon teriyaki. Chef Lee also creates more than 70 classic and unique sushi and sashimi options, from a spicy tuna roll to the no-carb roll wrapped in crabmeat and Dr. Atkins' diploma.
The chefs at Bonsai Sushi and Asian Cuisine build bottle rockets for the dinner table. But the only thing pyrotechnic about this catchingly named sushi roll is its flavor: it comprises shrimp tempura, avocado, cream cheese, grilled asparagus, seared white tuna, chipotle mayo, sriracha, fresh jalapenos, and green onions. And it's not the only clever title on this menu of sushi originals. It joins rolls like Jedi, Wrecking Ball, and Ron Burgundy, which are packed with their own uncommon ingredients like roasted garlic or creamy cabbage slaw. The selection of sushi bites also pairs with an eclectic drink menu that ranges from local New Glarus craft brews to sake and specialty drinks.
The tableside chefs sear meats, seafood, and vegetables near open flame to create a delectable amalgam of Japanese and American cuisine. Sushi and sashimi make use of high-grade tuna and salmon, and hibachi dinners send scallops, swordfish, and filet mignon skating across grills before depositing them on plates. Separate courses of soup, salad, a shrimp and zucchini appetizer, and ice cream help diners remember the exact timeline of meals to make future alibis impeccably believable. Bartenders pour and mix choice libations for patrons behind a turquoise-colored bar facing a pastel mural of Mount Fuji. Timsan's Japanese Steak House also bottles their house ginger dressing and mustard so that customers can replicate the hibachi experience at home using an overheated laptop.
TJ Thai and Japanese Steakhouse?s chefs slice and dice fresh ingredients over hibachi grills in dishes pulled from lunch and dinner menus that include more than 15 traditional sushi rolls. Grill masters craft flame-kissed shrimp, new york strip steak, and mahi-mahi dishes as diners look on, supporting main courses with an entourage of veggies and fried rice. Chefs bundle up compact sushi rolls, including spicy crab jalape?o and vegetable tempura, and pack Japanese lunch with california rolls, fried dumplings, and the ghosts of juice boxes past.
Savory scents beckon diners to the 14 hibachi tables inside Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. Like gymnasts tired of the same old floor routine, morsels of steak, chicken, or seafood tumble atop sizzling teppan grills as personal chefs prepare each meal. Alternatively, tables in the traditional dining room fill with fine pan-Asian fare, from pad thai and General Tso?s chicken to a wide selection of sushi. Osaka also boasts a full bar, a carry-out menu, and a private party room, and caters to families by offering kids their own exclusive bill of fare.