New Seoul Garden’s chefs conduct culinary tours of East Asia without setting foot on the continent. Instead, they bring the food stateside through a hefty menu of Korean and Japanese specialties, including barbecue and sushi. Like shark-themed mylar balloons, most of their entrees celebrate seafood such as sushi with squid and salmon, though many plates star beef or chicken. Hot-pot dishes actually simmer at the table; rolls of soft-shell crab or sweet shrimp come into being at the sushi bar. The restaurant's interior itself bespeaks Asian roots; spindly tree branches open toward a skylight and several low tables are ringed with mats or seats for sitting on the floor. East Asian fans and artwork cover the walls, culminating in a rooftop tier that evokes a pagoda.
The fare in an average lunch box is typically nothing to get very excited about, as it usually consists of convenient foods such as leftovers or crumbs found in between the couch cushions. But Tomo's bento boxes break the mold and eschew the cartoon characters, too. In each box, the chef pairs the sushi or sashimi of the day with gyoza, inari—fried tofu—barbecue beef, or tempura. Boxes are complemented by orders of baked mussels, fried chicken wings, and mushrooms stuffed with spicy tuna.
Sushi Kami's chefs bring the distinct flavors of Southeast Asia to metro Detroit as they craft entrees using Japanese and Korean cooking techniques. They carefully carve fresh eel and king crab into exotic maki, sushi, or specialty rolls. The multitalented chefs also assemble customized bento boxes during lunch service, filling each compartment with chicken katsu, sauce, and a series of smaller bento boxes.