Panda Restaurant's cooks take visitors on a tour of the Asian continent, magically compressing the lengthy journey into a single, jet-lag-free meal. From Japan, they prepare specialty sushi, such as the Spicy Girl tuna roll with droplets of chili sauce or the Hawa roll with eel and mango. They head across the sea to borrow recipes from China, such as the Seven Stars Around the Moon, which boldly melds the flavors of beef, scallops, jumbo shrimp, roasted pork, king crab, and chicken. Finally, they sling up Thailand's noodle and curry staples, such as massaman shrimp with potatoes or chicken sautéed with fresh mango. Between sips of their favorite BYO beverages, guests can conclude this epic feast with a sweet flourish of ice cream.
Hailing from the city of Nagano, Japan, the chef at Nagano Japanese Restaurant displays authentic cuisine in the form of sushi, noodle dishes, and grilled teriyaki entrees. The maki ranges from simple, single-filling numbers, such as the tuna roll, salmon roll, or pickled squash roll, to the elaborate rocket roll loaded with fried squid, eel, shrimp, crab, and scallions. Udon, soba, and ramen bowls allow diners to practice their slurping skills, while balls of mochi ice cream coolly conclude meals. The BYOB spot occupies a narrow space on Washington Street, and its causal dining room invites diners to sit at low-top tables or at the sushi bar.
The sliding shoji screens and Japanese art decorating Sapporo's dining room strongly hint at the restaurant's trans-Pacific inspiration, but the fully stocked sushi bar and dexterous hibachi chefs remove all doubt. The menu embraces the diversity of Japanese cuisine, featuring grilled and tempura-fried options alongside clean and elegant sushi. The sushi menu features more than 50 different rolls, including specialty maki with everything from mango and salmon to spicy crab and lobster salad. Bursts of flame stand out amid the restaurant's dark wooden tables as hibachi chefs entertain guests, searing entrees of filet mignon, chicken, and scallops.
Sitting in Harusame Japanese Cuisine can feel like spending an evening in a friend's living room. Plush fabric drapes from the ceiling, scrolls hang from the walls, and soft light fills the space from overhead lamps. That feeling isn't accidental—the restaurant's goal is to make customers feel like family, though its menu could feed a small army. It includes more than 35 sushi rolls and dozens of ocean-fresh, sashimi-grade cuts of fish served à la carte. To sample the full array of aquatic delights, diners can opt for the all-you-can-eat menu, digging into constantly refilled rolls and appetizers. A BYOB policy rounds out the room's hospitality, allowing patrons to tote along their favorite tipple to sip on thorough their meal.
Tsuki Japanese Restaurant fetes its namesake country's cuisine with a broad menu of noodles, teriyaki, tempura, and sushi featuring three-dozen specialty rolls. House appetizers include the Festival—thin-sliced, seared white tuna adorned with caviar, carrots, seaweed, and bell peppers in a vinegar sauce. Snow White rolls wrap tempura red snapper, asparagus, and avocado in rice paper over spicy garlic sauce, and Zebra rolls top spicy tuna and cucumber with shredded shrimp, carrots, and a savory house sauce. Other dishes include teriyaki meats or tofu, udon noodles, and veggie or meat tempura.
Like any good buffet, Koki Buffet doesn't lack options. The kitchen staff serves more than 150 dishes, including an assortment of sushi rolls, a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and even Martian entrees, and a dessert section filled with fruit, ice cream, and pastries. On the weekends, the chefs make space on the dinner buffet counter for lobster in the form of lobster sushi rolls. Even better, all of the feasting takes place inside a stylish interior highlighted by neon accent lighting and pendant lamps with no need for formal attire.