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.
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).
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.