Edamame soybeans ($3.95) and miso soup ($2.29) prep the palate for excursions upon Bonzai's menu of traditional and specialty sashimi and sushi rolls. A heavenly eel roll ($10.95) tightly ensnares thin slivers of eel, cream cheese, and avocado within a sticky rice corral, and the rock-‘n’-roll ($8.39) raucously announces itself with the crunch of shrimp tempura. Bonzai Sushi concocts a plethora of house rolls ($4.49 / each) alongside a spread of riceless options, such as the soy-wrap-bound Bonzai roll ($11.95). Bento meals ($6.95–$10.95) singularly satisfy appetites with the savory combination of house sushi rolls, sashimi, salad, soup, and a drink. Toddlers delight at a selection of diminutive edibles including a cheese quesadilla ($6.29) and snow crab minis ($6.29), which can be repurposed for small-scale reenactments of mythical crab-versus-UFO battles.
Red paper lanterns hang above Wasabi Sushi's sushi counter, where patrons can watch expert sushi chefs slice pieces of sashimi or assemble intricate rolls, such as the Spicy Crawfish with asparagus and cream cheese. Across the dining room, whose walls are painted a buttery yellow, waiters ferry cooked entrees such as teriyaki chicken, vegetable tempura, and chicken fried rice. Desserts such as ice-cream balls rolled in mochi rice skin, and tempura-battered cheesecake, end meals on a sweet note.
Daruma attracts hungry humans with authentic food, warm and lively ambience, and regular, live entertainment. Though Daruma's inventive chef waxes and wanes the menu every couple of lunar cycles, current favorites include teriyaki chicken ($11.95), and nabeyaki udon soup, a brothy noodle soup with shrimp and vegetable tempura ($11.95). Hibachi-style entrees (starting at $10.50 for dinner) sizzle into shape before diners' very eyes in an act that smelts culinary art with circus performance and a deep pore-steaming treatment. Chopstick champions can defeat an order of sushi as a starter or a side, such as the daphne roll, stuffed with crab meat, tuna, cream cheese, and tempura, and crowned with eel sauce, spicy mayo, and tempura crunch ($10.95). Call to reserve a table or to inquire about upcoming karaoke nights, scheduled music, or comedy performances.
If the building's exterior looks as if a pagoda landed atop a house, that might be a good clue that delicious Japanese cuisine is served inside. The fresh sushi rolled inside Fuji San earned it two Nappie Awards in 2011 from the readers of Lagniappe magazine for Most Underrated Restaurant and Best Sushi. Fuji San also won for Best Sushi in 2012 and 2013. Besides the artful rolls, the kitchen crafts Japanese dishes including teriyaki and tempura combination dinners and shabu-shabu hot pot entrees. It also recently introduced a Thai menu full of classic eats, including pad thai and red and green curries.