Thaijindesu chaperones diners on a journey through Thailand and Japan by assembling a massive menu filled with authentic, hand-rolled sushi, as well as traditional curries, noodles, and grilled fare. Discover spherical harmony in the golden dumpling, a steamed pork and shrimp dumpling accompanied by crispy garlic shavings and a light sauce ($6), or judge the battle between sweet and savory raging within Thai pineapple duck ($17). Ancient mariners and spiteful albatrosses select fresh fare, such as a spicy crunchy rainbow roll layered with delicate slices of tuna, flounder, salmon, and white tuna ($8.25), from the sushi a la carte menu. An extensive array of martinis, wines, and sake encourage diners to break bread, inhibitions, and promises to recite the alphabet backwards. Thaijindesu also features lighter fare, including soups and salads, on their well-stocked lunch menus.
Soya carefully balances spectacle and serenity: while hibachi chefs display searing and flipping prowess at fiery tableside grills, a large fish tank bathes the dining room in soft light. The tank contributes to the "inviting and relaxing" vibe cited by the Daily Press, which also praises the "clean taste and variety" of the restaurant's sushi. Like scuba divers armed with waterproof makeup, the kitchen preps fresh seafood daily, then pairs it with rice and veggies for colorful maki rolls and nigiri. Japanese entrees such as stir-fried noodles and teriyaki meats round out the menu.
Saisaki's chefs weren't content to simply fuse the dishes of two different cultures. Instead, they culled culinary techniques and recipes from Japan, China, Thailand, and Malaysia to prepare raw and cooked Eastern cuisine. Traditional and specialty sushi rolls slip snugly between chopsticks, as do Hunan-style scallops and tender cuts of steak cooked over a toasty hibachi flame. Hot and cold bottles of Gekkeikan and Ozeki saki clink symphonically above slices of hot-fudge chocolate cake that provides a satisfying epilogue to the meal.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant is all about options—from the seats that patrons choose to sit in to the expansive menu with sushi, udon, chicken teriyaki, and numerous vegetarian and vegan dishes. Guests can relax at tables near the front of the restaurant or bypass the four-legged seats for a more traditional Japanese eating experience atop crimson cushions—with backs for comfort—that sit flush against a raised dining platform. Diners can also saddle up to the sushi bar, where culinary gurus fill specialty rolls with ingredients such as tempura-fried cream cheese, fatty tuna, and fried salmon.
The gleam of razor-sharp knives flashes from behind the sushi bar at Domo Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, where chefs slice sashimi and assemble maki rolls before elegantly plating each dish. A tempura volcano roll clasps crab and tuna at its core, and fried oysters fraternize with eel, red snapper, and tuna in the Godzilla roll. Domo’s chefs also glaze chicken, beef, shrimp and other seafood with teriyaki sauce for diners that prefer their food to be slightly sweet and cooked, much like the books of a corrupt accountant in Candyland.
The aromas of freshly-cut raw seafood fill the 100-seat dining room at Daiwa Sushi. That, of course, is because the eatery's sushi chefs craft more than 30 traditional maki rolls and 22 sashimi selections. They don't just follow conventional recipes, however—they also express their creativity in 22 eclectic house rolls, many of which feature fish and veggies that have been seared, fried, or marinated in spices. As sushi chefs do their thing, the cooks in the kitchen emit their own melange of tempting scents as they prepare traditional Japanese dishes that range from udon noodles tossed with chicken and tempura shrimp to fish cakes and crab. The dining room hibachi grills, meanwhile, send up plumes of fragrant steam and smoke around simmering morsels of steak, shrimp, and scallops, allowing whoever steals the last piece to vanish unnoticed into the night. To help diners wash down their bites, Daiwa also serves domestic and imported Japanese beers, and curates a compact, yet diverse list of sakes.