Kiku Japanese Cuisine nabbed numerous accolades in Express Milkwaukee ?s Best of Milwaukee 2012 and 2013 for lavishing guests with both a friendly staff that jots orders until 3 a.m. on weekends, and a vast menu of seafood-centric cuisine. Sushi chefs roll up more than 40 fillings into artfully plated sushi rolls, crowning their creations with creative flourishes such as fresh mango. Fish and vegetables can also transform from raw to sizzling with a dunk into tempura batter, which imparts a crispy golden sheen and keeps chopsticks too busy to assist with walrus impersonations.
Umami Moto showcases the very freshest ingredients prepared by leading chefs to give diners an amazing selection of foods designed to please any palate. Many recipes are taken from age-old Japanese collections. The miso soup and lobster chowder have layers of wonderful flavors. If you’re simply looking for a light meal, try something off the Small Plates menu. Choose from fried calamari, lettuce wraps, tuna poke, Korean short ribs and many others. The entrée menu continues with numerous delicious choices including kung pao chicken, shrimp fried rice and tuna with wasabi. On the nigiri menu, diners will enjoy smoked salmon, yellowtail, lobster, scallops, and many others. The selection of sushi rolls is extensive and includes avocado rolls, salmon roll, and kampyo roll to name a few. The inside out rolls are tasty but save room for the umami signature sushi plates.
Japanica is a Milwaukeean restaurant that serves some of the best Japanese food in the area. Their hibachi rivals the best you’ve ever had- hardly a surprise considering how the restaurant goes out of its way to get the finest, juiciest slices of beef which it sears to perfection for your culinary pleasure. The scallops are fresh, firm and sweet- the day’s catch. Some other delicious dishes to sample here include the Temaki, California rolls, and miso soup. Their extensive sake collection is perfect for mixing and matching with their selection of mouthwatering sushi rolls. The cutesy decorative parasols and authentic shoji screen dividers give Japanica a charming far-eastern identity that makes dining there a feast for the senses.
Izumi Japanese Restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine, primarily sushi and izakaya-style dining. Choose to sit at the sushi bar, at traditional Japanese-style tables, or Western-style tables. The decor here is lovely. Lacquered blonde wood, white Japanese lanterns, and white screens set the atmosphere wonderfully. It is comfortable and clean with a simple beauty. The menu includes a variety of choices for fresh sushi dishes. Select a specialty item, or ask for a specific type of fish. The kitchen menu includes several options of tempura, broiled or grilled meats, and teriyaki. Take your pick, and relax in this authentic Japanese experience!
Inside Sake Tumi's main dining room and private banquet areas, guests sample everything from colorful sashimi to peppered tenderloin. During dinner, the menu is home to a variety of Japanese classics such as sushi rolls, as well as Korean barbecue dishes including beef bulgogi. Midday visitors can order up traditional bento boxes during lunch, which neatly pack soup, salad, and sides alongside various entrees.
After sharpening his culinary skills in his native Japan at Monsel Ton Ton Restaurant in Tokyo and the five-star Westin Osaka, Chef Yamamoto Lee relocated to Milwaukee, where he now brings nearly 30 years of culinary experience to the kitchen at Midori Fusion. The eatery, which was featured as the Restaurant of the Month by Key Milwaukee, satiates cravings for Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu of appetizers—such as fried bean curd and tempura squid—and traditional entrees, including beef short ribs, tempura shrimp, and salmon teriyaki. Chef Lee also creates more than 70 classic and unique sushi and sashimi options, from a spicy tuna roll to the no-carb roll wrapped in crabmeat and Dr. Atkins' diploma.