No one's ever told the hibachi chefs at Kumo Japanese Steak House & Sushi not to play with their food, and that's a good thing. As diners cluster around the hot grill at the center of their tables, the chefs put on a show, flipping morsels of meat and seafood into the air and onto plates with the same kind of dexterity a surgeon demonstrates while playing Operation. The sushi chefs are equally skilled, turning out beautiful rolls inspired by freshly caught local fish. Diners enjoy these dishes at tables made from glistening granite and set atop glittering floor tiles and beneath modern, geometric lights.
The team at Global Massage and Therapy Center wards off signs of aging with customized med-spa services offered seven days a week. Technicians employ ultrasonic cavitation to smooth lumps and bumps plaguing the lower half of the body, and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments smooth away fine lines and age spots that spell out the client’s true birth year. Achy bodies can find relief with a customized hot-stone massage or an aromatherapy massage that employs a choice of four different blends of herbs, flowers, and fruit-infused oils. The center also provides professional makeup services for weddings, sweet 16s, and quinceañeras.
Since first opening Thai Udon Cafe, Adam Satinsky and Khwan Sawai's expertise at creating Thai and Japanese cuisine has only grown. So the duo opened Benja, which expands upon the original café's selection by adding 25 sushi creations. Standouts include the namesake Benja roll, a medley of fried fish, cream cheese, and asparagus. Hungrier customers can opt for the eatery's massive sushi boats, which feed up to four guests with sushi, sashimi, and edible oars.
Beyond sushi, the chefs whip up classic Japanese and Thai entrees, from teriyaki lobster tails to tofu curry. To complement feasts, bartenders pour wine, imported brews, and hot sakes. Meals unfold in a dining room that mixes traditional Asian artwork with contemporary furniture and neon-blue lighting.
Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado, and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staffers pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area’s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.
The chefs at Pacific Rim specialize in a fusion of Japanese and Thai cuisines and have left no stone unturned. The menu is massive—even at lunch, patrons have options that span from a sashimi ceviche to wok entrees to siam noodles. The dinner menu is even longer. It introduces grilled entrees, such as large scallops basted with curry sauce, and daily-special curries with a choice of proteins. However, Pacific Rim is most popular for its sushi, a dizzying selection of 100 creations that include sashimi, maki, and hand rolls. There are plenty of specialty rolls, of course, though guests are given the option to create their own signature roll from the sushi chefs' ingredients or whatever raw fish they have in their purse.
With outposts in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, Jpan Restaurant boasts a bold red-and-black decor aesthetic and a menu full of artfully presented fresh-fish creations. Skilled sushi chefs assemble complex specialty rolls, or let simple slices of fish steal the spotlight with array of sashimi selections. For those who prefer an entree that's seen some heat, there's an array of tempura and teriyaki dishes, as well as steamy bowls of ramen or udon noodles. The drink list includes domestic and Japanese beers, along with wines, soft drinks, and sakes served cold or heated in the forge of a samurai swordsmith.