Oishi Sushi's chef Jay Dedkhad puts three decades of fish-wrapping experience to work in crafting delectable sushi, which, along with Japanese entrees, tempts palates with savory and spicy flavors. Basic salmon ($4.50) and spicy tuna ($5.95) rolls make for simple sushi options and effective juggling objects. Lobster rolls ($23) weave together spicy mayo, avocado, and lobster salad, and spider rolls ($13.50) burst with overflowing soft-shell-crab tempura. Tongues can also delight in stir-friend ginger chicken ($9.95) or shrimp ($11.95), which arrive tableside with sides of miso soup and rice.
The chefs at Kampai Sushi draw on recipes from traditional Japanese and Korean cuisine to create classic dishes as well as playfully updated fare. Behind the sushi bar, they roll maki with fresh slices of salmon and decadent chunks of fried lobster tail, adding nontraditional flair with ingredients such as sweet pumpkin, honey-wasabi sauce, or potato chips. For heartier entrees, they can grill marinated korean short ribs or drizzle a deep-fried pork loin in a slightly sugary fruit sauce, the same way attorneys prepare briefs for sweet-toothed Supreme Court justices.
The sea is all around at House of Thai. A tapestry of a merman-esque mythological character beams down on one table, a sea dragon slithers down a wooden post behind another, and seascapes float across the walls. Then, of course, is the menu, with its concise selection of maki, ranging from spicy salmon to a classic california roll to a saint louis roll filled with tuna, avocado, cucumber, pickled radish, and masago—all the foods that appear on St. Louis’s municipal flag. They also offer creamy curry, seafood-enriched fried rice, and daring dishes such as garlic and pepper frog legs.
The charismatic chefs at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse toss together combinations of filet mignon, lobster, chicken, and scallops on a fiery hibachi tabletop grill, right in front of diners. They’ve performed this style of hibachi grilling for nearly 20 years. In addition to the hibachi cuisine, the menu features traditional entrees such as fried rice and salmon in lemon butter and teriyaki sauce. Enjoy a cup of japanese green tea to complement your meal, or try cocktails such as sake bombs and the Green Dragon, which is served only to patrons who can breathe fire.
In stark contrast to Yakuza Sushi Bar’s otherwise low-lit dining room, golden lights flood the surface of a full-length bar where chefs busily roll together a menu of sushi and sashimi. Drawing on ocean-fresh ingredients such as scallops, octopus, mackerel, and crab, they craft their own interpretations of Japanese classics; customer favorites include the crab-rangoon roll and the aptly named Fire roll, whose spicy tuna complements a drizzle of volcanic lava. Aside from the restaurant’s flagship variations of fish, tempura vegetables and chicken and beef teriyaki serve as the centerpieces for traditional bento entrees.