Ichiban has been slinging its extensive menu of Japanese fare to local fishophiles since 1983, with fresh omega-3-powered fishfare delighting dinner-diners. Confuse country-centric culinary beliefs by starting with an order of the sushi pizza, a fried-rice crust topped with salmon ($7) or tuna ($9), or sink taste-talons into the sweet-potato tempura ($7), fried to a golden brown. Full-plated entrees at the eatery include teriyaki ($12–$24), marinated meats ($14+), and rice and noodle nests ($8–$13), with a sushi selection offering fresh glistening sashimi ($3+), as well as classic and contemporary rice-rolled treats. The lobster tobiko roll ($10) swaddles the meat of the mighty crustacean with avocado, fresh veggies, flying fish roe, and a mint mayonnaise to offer a decadent dip into unchartered culinary waters, while the Las Vegas roll ($13) hits the jackpot of Neptune-approved nourishment with its amalgamation of shrimp tempura, crab stick, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese blanketed with fresh tuna and salmon.
A serene feeling envelops visitors as they enter Fuji Grill Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine’s wood-paneled dining room replete with potted trees and sit at a table or at the sushi bar. Led by chef Tomo Lin, who trained in sushi preparation for four years in Japan, the kitchen creates Japanese food from teriyaki and tempura favorites to inventive sushi creations. Signature rolls include the Fuji, filled with yellowtail and salmon and topped with four types of roe, and the heart-shaped Susan roll of spicy tuna. Parties can also sample myriad selections with one of many combo platters that may include rolls, sashimi, or nigiri. The sushi chefs demonstrate a sense of whimsy as they decorate sushi plates with sauces, drawing images such as dragons, tree branches, or Morse code messages reading, "I know what you did."
Along one wall of the dining room, screens of angled wooden slats and a trellis canopy of ivy create a cozy, semiprivate atmosphere at each table. Japanese paper lanterns, wall scrolls, and windowpanes that mimic traditional paper screens additionally contribute to the eatery's authentic aura.
Sushi Nagasaki fuses the cylindrical sensations of sushi with the spicy servings of Thailand, creating an alluring Asian-cuisine mixture. Appease even the most cantankerous of tongue receptors with the eel-and-cucumber-stuffed dragon roll, the California roll crested with fish roe, or the spicy tuna hand roll twined with lettuce and cooling cucumber (all priced at $8.95). Thai creations such as the evil red curry ($7.75), a sinful mix of bamboo shoots, green beans, coconut milk, and basil leaves. Or try the less devious yellow curry ($7.75), a combination of savory Thai spices, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, coconut milk, and onions that can readily fill torso purses with the sustenance needed to reach the paradoxically parallel high and low branches of the world tree. And the stir-fried broccoli ($7.75) places enough green stalks on your plate to create a micro-forest for a kind-hearted troll. All curries come with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp for $1 extra.