Behind the small bar at Anjo Sushi Japanese Restaurant, sushi chefs precisely slice and dice raw fish into beautiful creations that hit tables in a variety of iterations. First, there are the colorful specialty rolls: the Candy Cane roll, plated with each piece individually garnished and surrounded by drizzles of colorful sauce, or the Marilyn Monroe, lined with crispy tempura shrimp, wrapped with slices of fresh mango, and always served with a wink. More simplified presentations include classic nigiri?tender albacore or octopus draped over little mounds of sticky sushi rice?or simpler yet, the sashimi plate, where slices of fish are accompanied by a bowl of rice and steaming miso soup. And customers who'd prefer to enjoy their Ska Reggae rolls at home while dancing to their favorite tunes can place their orders to go.
A pot boils at the center of each table at Ten Shabu, where customers can consume traditional shabu-shabu, or hot-pot, meals. Thin slices of dry-aged rib eye, lamb, and pork disappear into a steaming vat of Japanese fish broth, tom yum, or one of nine other broth choices. Pescetarians can dig into a seafood combo of shrimp, mussels, and sea scallops, whereas vegetarians can order a tofu spread with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, and napa cabbage. The heat spectrum ranges from zero to extra-spicy, and all meals include white or brown rice, fresh vegetables, and udon noodles that eliminate hunger and replace broken shoestrings.
With a name that means "spring flowers," it's no surprise that Hana Haru serves the freshest fare. Hot entrees include sizzling platters of yakiniku?thinly sliced beef with mushrooms and vegetables?and fried pork katsu in a tangy sauce. Even Hana Haru's cold sushi rolls can turn up the heat faster than a cat running from a vacuum cleaner. Order the Y-Not with spicy albacore, shrimp tempura, and garlic ponzu sauce for maximum heat, or dial things back a bit with the Ninja, a roll of fresh salmon, avocado, cream cheese, and avocado. For the mildest experience, Hana Haru serves sushi rolls such as the Moon River, a california roll with albacore and ginger dressing, and the Crunch, which features crab and shrimp tempura wrapped up in soy paper.
From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.
Fresh, flavorful sushi is only half of the story at Japon Bistro. The other? Carefully paired pours from an artisan assortment of sake, stocked by owner and sake expert Clarence Wong, also known as Koji. His seasonal selections complement unique rolls, such as the spicy, jalapeno and-salmon-filled Southwest, or the New Age, featuring tuna, salmon, and albacore topped with a secret-recipe sauce. A selection of noodles and teriyaki entrees satisfy diners who prefer their raw food cooked. The drinks and dishes unite to create a dining experience that has won a recommendation from the Michelin Guide, and been named amongst the area's best by Citysearch.com and Pasadena Magazine.
Culture 22 stocks its carnivore-pleasing menu with porterhouses, bacon-topped burgers, and seafood. Peppercorn-crusted 12-ounce new york steak au poivre bathes in a cognac sauce, and a dozen oysters paired with inventive dipping sauces from the raw bar set taste buds out to sea. The signature New Mexican–style green-chile burger imbues a half-pound of beef with piquant Southwestern flavors, accompanied by french fries that, like wooden boards in a martial-arts studio, are hand-cut. As diners divvy up jumbo cocktail shrimp, servers ferry cocktails and beer to ebony four-top tables set aglow by chandelier and candle lighting.