Chiyo Sushi's talented chefs prepare more than 100 familiar Japanese eats such as teriyaki and salmon nigiri as well as dishes that make use of more inventive ingredients such as monkfish liver, sea urchin, and live scallops. The bill of fare contains multitudes, from delicate sashimi to crispy tempura to savory udon soup. Diners populate tables at lunch and dinner, sandwiched between prints of kimono-clad nobles that adorn the walls and broad, tree-framed windows that allow fresh air in and soy sauce-dwelling demons out.
Shiso Tavern takes the concept of Asian fusion beyond the table to behind the bar. There, signature cocktails have half-familiar names: the green tea palmer, for example, which mixes green tea-infused vodka with lemonade and honey. There are lychee martinis, bottled beers, and sake samplers, all influenced by, if not imported from the east.
These libations pair well with a menu of sushi and wok-fired dishes. There are enough staples here to delight fans of classic Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine, but the chefs shine when permitted to invent. The Baltimore Sun praises their soft-shell crab roll, calling it a visual "stunner" with an "exciting" medley of textures, from the tender crab to the crisp veggies and tempura. Specialty dishes range from hamachi crudo, slices of yellow tail over basil-pesto oil, topped with onion jalapeno salsa, himalayan sea salt and lemon juice, to the sushi nacho, a wonton wrapper layered with sliced tuna tataki, spicy salmon, and avocado. You can also trust the chef's judgment by ordering a plate of sashimi or nigiri, cuts of fish picked based on their freshness.
For fresh maki, Baltimore's Niwana Restaurant has got you covered. Watching your waistline? Niwana Restaurant has a number of lighter and low-fat menu options. Families will feel right at home at Niwana Restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Wifi here is on the house. Dine out in the open during Niwana Restaurant's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Throwing a big party? Count on Niwana Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Street parking is readily available near Niwana Restaurant's N Charles St location.
A visit to Niwana Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Stop by for three square meals a day — Niwana Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For fresh maki, Baltimore's Matsuri has got you covered. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Matsuri offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Matsuri, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Ideal for large groups, Matsuri will make sure your party feels anything but cramped.
Matsuri offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Matsuri.
Your tab at Matsuri will usually run to about $30 per guest.
You'll know that you're having a pretty great day when the hardest decision you have to make is what to order from Kona Grill's huge, diverse menu! Kona Grill serves everything from American classics like sliders and burgers, to sushi, to a variety of fresh, flavorful seafood dishes, and they manage to make every dish delicious. Kona boasts an impressive array of cocktails, many of which are tropically-themed, making them the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer night's dinner, or the perfect mood booster in bleak Baltimore winter! If you're counting calories, Kona has a "skinny" menu of low-calorie entrees and drinks. Kona truly has something for everyone, so bring your family or friends for a taste of paradise in Baltimore!
At Tatu Restaurant--voted “Best New Restaurant” in 2011 by the readers of Baltimore Magazine--the culinary team unites Chinese and Japanese cuisines into a single smorgasbord. Diners can feast on traditional Chinese dishes, such as sesame chicken, short ribs braised in five spices, or Shanghai beef, a New York strip steak grilled in hot oil, cilantro and soy-mirin sauce. Fresh sushi interpretations include the salmon tartar roll with Chinese mustard and wonton chips, or a chilled shrimp roll with wasabi cocktail sauce. Diners are encouraged to share their plates, and complement their meals with house cocktails such as sake sangria, a mix of sake and plum wine muddled with lychee fruit and tangerines.