Flashing knives and spurting flames dazzle diners as the chefs at Kuma Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar theatrically sear entrees on the tabletop hibachi grills. Equally comfortable with cooking vegetables and meats, the chefs can shuffle a number of them across the grill's iron surface, including scallops, chicken, or filet mignon. Meanwhile, the sushi chefs gingerly slice pieces of fresh salmon and tuna behind their bar—unlike traditional bartenders, who rarely slice bottles into neat sections. Their work does not stop there, however, because they also carefully layer orders of salmon nigiri that can emerge alongside a familiar or inventive sushi roll, which arrives in either six or eight bite-sized pieces.
The stylists at Green Ginger Hair Design consult with each client before snipping strands with precision. Tapping into a vast styling knowledge maintained by continuous education in techniques, styles, haircare products, and combo codes, stylists will cut locks into fresh styles or rejuvenate current coiffures. After the cuts, the hair kahunas will employ Redken products to tease or tame even the most Medusa-esque hair snarls into stylish coiffures that no longer turn passersby into stone. Customers in need of hair maintenance can settle in on one of the bright-yellow salon chairs, surrounded by vivid red walls and zebra-print accents, and customers in need of no maintenance can simply hang around the lobby enjoying the lush views from Green Ginger's large windows.
Kane Yama's cooks fire up tableside hibachi grills to create healthy, authentic Japanese dishes and serve fresh eats from a full sushi bar. The menu boasts an eclectic number of steakhouse standbys and tongue-taming sharable sushi rolls, such as the fresh tuna tekka maki ($6) or the Oh My God roll ($15)—a combination of chili sauce and three different fishes that elicits involuntary OMGs from otherwise staid diners. Hibachi meals harness the timeless power of food-preparing heat with your choice of chicken, filet mignon, seafood, or a double dose of veggies. Each lunch comes with soup, salad, vegetables, and steamed rice ($7–$14), and dinner hibachi plates ($14–$28) also throw in a shrimp appetizer.
Named after the Japanese word for happy, Genki Noodles & Sushi captures the feel-good delicacies enjoyed by owner Reid Zeising during his childhood in Tokyo. Reid now oversees three locations that dish out a signature menu of traditional and experimental sushi rolls, tuna specialties, and Japanese barbecue bowls packed with grilled meats or tofu mixed with noodles or rice. In many dishes, classic flavors of spicy tuna and fresh water eel mingle with unusual additions such as parmesan cheese or mango.
Though each location sports its own distinct décor, all three locations glow under flat screen TVs and the blue light of fish tanks populated by ocean critters and a merman trapped in the body of a hermit crab. The Virginia Highlands location mingles exposed brick with a covered outdoor patio replete with breezy fans.
True to its name, Maki Fresh Atlanta crafts all of their dishes—from traditional sushi to their unique maki sliders—the moment guests place their order. Beyond classic sushi rolls, the menu features sashimi-grade fish arranged into unorthodox dishes. For example, a hibachi bowl comes with carrots, cucumbers, and spicy sauce atop filet, and burgers surprise taste buds with the interplay of pickles, maki spicy sauce, and tempura onion rings. Maki's chefs ramp up production for catering services, and host private parties of up to 30 people in the Atlanta location's private dining room.
Within the cozy confines of Thai & Sushi's scarlet-walled eatery, taste buds can surf the fusion of flavors surging through a menu teeming with traditional Thai dishes and Japanese-style sushi platters. Tuna, salmon, shrimp, crab, and masago snuggle in a blanket of avocado and soy nori bedded down in the pineapple-slathered Hawaiian roll ($11.95). Olympic-medaled vegetable rolls lithely springboard from a platform of cucumber, avocado, asparagus, inari, and shiitake mushrooms into awaiting mouth caverns ($8) and pad thai chicken roosts in a spicy nest of rice noodles ($9.75). The sweet aroma of fresh ginger mingles with the sizzling serenade of chicken, beef, or pork and a garden-torn quartet of onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and expatriated lawn gnomes ($9.95).