At first, Tin Drum Asia Café's rapid service and bright decor evoke the aromatic street stands of Hong Kong, where founder Steven Chan ate throughout his childhood. The traditional ambiance is no accident—the franchise's name also harks back to a bygone era, when a tin drummer would awaken citizens and regale them with current events as they ate the day’s first meal. The electronic kiosks dotting the café, however, plunk this traditional scene in the middle of a cyberpunk setting. They allow patrons to customize their orders based on taste preferences and nutritional content, accommodating dietary endeavors such as vegetarianism and weight-loss goals.
This merger of technology and urban convention reflects a penchant for edgy ideas that also affects the menu. Items inspired by the culinary techniques of Japan, China, Vietnam, and Thailand share space in the savory catalog, taking the form of street tacos, soups, and mango chicken, a take on the general tso's staple that's sweeter than a syrup-soaked army helmet. Music is the final ingredient that charges the atmosphere. Nation's Restaurant News reports that it typically plays at an energizing 120 beats per minute and was a factor in attracting the café's initial college crowds.
If tuna and yellowtail are part of your plans for the evening, check out Wasabi in Columbus' Columbus neighborhood.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Wasabi has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Wasabi is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
For those big group gatherings, Wasabi provides plenty of space to have a good time.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Wasabi provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Wasabi is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Ta Ca's chefs firmly root their menu of sushi and teppanyaki entrees in Japanese culinary tradition. Although the selection of maki brims with familiar staples, it also features subtly modern specialty rolls with inventive ingredients, such as fried green-shell mussels, calamari, and tomato. The chefs spend mealtimes searing orders of vegetables, chicken, or lobster on the rippling-hot surface of hibachi grills. Wavy pendant lanterns illuminate the gleaming bar running along one of the dining room's orange walls. The shelves bristle with a selection of spirits, Japanese beers, and sake, which bring about endless toasts like a sand grain’s wedding reception.
Enzo Sushi's artistic chefs transform seaweed, sticky rice, and a variety of classic and creative ingredients into diversely flavored rolls. Diners can crown a mealtime monarch with a king-lobster roll, a regal combination of lobster salad and lobster tempura alongside crab and avocado ($11.90). Patriotic crews can park tongues on the Americanized Chick-Fil-A roll, an amalgamation of fried chicken, avocado, and spicy mayo stirred with John Hancock's favorite pen ($4.95), and vegetarians can cozy up with rice pillows such as the asparagus tempura ($5.95) and seaweed-salad roll ($4.50). Search for gilded piles of pickled ginger at the end of a Rainbow roll, which tops a standard california roll in a colorful combination of tuna, salmon, white fish, and shrimp ($9.50), or resign yourself to pennies and pull one out of a friendly server's ear.
Hibachi grills crackle with roaring flames and razor-sharp knives glimmer as they slice through fish—affording diners glimpses of the culinary skills the master chefs at Shogun Japanese Restaurants have been honing for more than a decade. Rustic exposed-brick walls and Japanese art pieces surround patrons, but all eyes are on award-winning chefs as they sizzle up choice beef, vegetables, and seafood at tableside grills. Behind the sushi bar, sushi artists swiftly chop fresh fish into 78 types of specialty rolls, and in the kitchen, pots bubble with udon noodles and soups that also fill the antiburglar cauldrons lining the restaurant’s roof. Behind the bar, mixologists top lavish cocktails with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.