At Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse, chefs turn diners into audience members as they skillfully flip steaks and seafood on the hibachi grill and roll fresh maki at the sushi bar. Grillmeisters marinate meats and fish in a signature sauce before searing flavor into dishes such as steak with mushrooms and sesame seeds or teriyaki salmon with broccoli. A variety of combination specials mix chicken, shrimp, or scallops with sides of fried rice and sweet carrots. Sushi chefs craft nigiri with smoked salmon or specialty maki such as the 10-piece Tokyo roll, artfully lining a soybean wrap with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and creamy avocado. The intimate space boasts Asian-themed décor, including cheerful figurines and a wooden model ship that occasionally sets sail upon gusts from a large Japanese fan.
Near the shores of Lake Norman, Sushi @ the Lake's nimble chefs roll and grill Japanese food, from simple maki rolls to hibachi dinners. Behind a sushi bar outfitted with seats where diners observe the action, sushi chefs carefully assemble more than 35 maki rolls filled with fresh seafood such as snow crab, eel, and scallop. For guests who prefer their food awkwardly kissed by fire, hibachi masters sear jumbo shrimp, new york strip steak, and other proteins on a grill to serve alongside veggies and steamed rice. Sports fans and model scouts for Wheaties can watch athletic events on seven TVs while sipping beer, sake, or specialty martinis.
The chefs use their two spatulas with breathtaking ease—their every move honed by countless hours spent over a flat-top grill. Chopped veggies and pieces of steak, chicken, and seafood brown over the sizzling grill as the chefs prepare meals to order. The bite-size morsels are doused in soy or teriyaki sauce and sent out into the dining room of Sake Express as curlicues of heat dance above the plates. Relaxing in bright-blue booths, guests can feast on chicken or steak while challenging their reflection to a staring contest in the eatery’s oversized mirrors, flanked by panels of red-and-black latticework on the walls.
Coral Sushi expertly prepares fresh fish, sushi, homemade noodles, and traditional house specialties for lunch and dinner rushes. Sip on strawberry white tea ($4) and recharge on fresh salmon-cucumber rolls ($8.50), served with a soup or salad, before returning to your job as a professional people watcher. The tempura-sushi combo ($14.95) comes with your choice of a four-piece nigiri or a California roll. Other popular rolls include the cream-cheese-infused Philly roll ($5.50), the spider roll ($6.95), and the mythically delicious dragon roll ($7.95).
Roppongi Sushi & Bar takes its name from the Roppongi district of Tokyo, home to a sprawling nightlife and international culture. The sushi bar strives to bring this atmosphere to its restaurant, inviting patrons to sit, revel, and enjoy a menu of sushi and Japanese cuisine. House rolls include combinations such as spicy and crunchy salmon topped with king crab, alongside fresh sashimi, udon noodles, and teriyaki entrees.
For the past 30 years, Makoto's has remained a reliable tableside performance grill and sushi bar that has satisfied patrons with Japanese seafood, steaks, and other savories served up by expert and entertaining chefs. The sushi bar artfully decorates plates and stomachs with offerings such as the spicy kani salad ($6.95), inari or smoked salmon nigiri ($3–$4.50), and rolls ranging from the spooky roll with calamari and asparagus ($7.95) to the exotically creative fuji apple roll with apple, goat cheese, samurai secrets, and spicy tuna ($11.95).