Beneath the colorful toques on their heads, hibachi chefs flip and sauté meat and vegetables on their tabletop grills, smiling as they conjure the occasional bursts of flame during lively cooking routines. That’s just one scene at SooWoo Japanese Steakhouse—across the restaurant, sushi chefs slice ribbons of fish and vegetables and roll them into California and spicy tuna rolls. Basketball fans can celebrate the city’s 2012 NBA championship with the specialty Miami Heat roll, which includes slices of shrimp tempura, crab, and cream cheese. SooWoo also whips up Korean dishes, such as bulgogi and pork belly.
The chefs at Go!Bento fill traditional Japanese-style bento boxes with entrees and sides from Chinese, Thai, and other Asian cuisines. Bento boxes in sizes from the petite Go! Ninja to the hearty Go! Sumo mingle pad thai, honey-garlic chicken, lo mein noodles, and steamed pot stickers. Go!Bento also riffs on hot dogs with katsu-fried franks, avocado, and spicy mayonnaise. The kitchen team coils specialty sushi rolls such as the BFF, whose circumference of tuna, salmon, and whitefish is measured in friendship bracelets. Branching out from their core competency of savory seafood, the staff also drizzles donuts with condensed milk and green-tea ice cream to round out the menu.
At the family-owned Sushi Room, skilled chefs from Manhattan, Miami, and Japan use fresh seafood and inventive recipes to spice up traditional Japanese dishes. The menu focuses heavily on sushi, with options ranging from standard soft shell crab and tuna rolls to the specialty mixed volcano roll, which mixes a traditional California roll with baked salmon, crab, conch, and octopus. If sushi and sashimi aren't your thing, you can choose from an extensive selection of cold and hot Japanese plates that include vegan-friendly tofu dishes. The flavorful escargot plate is simmered in sake and cabernet in a traditional toban-style ceramic skillet. Lounge in the candlelit dining room and savor sips of sake—the restaurant serves more than 20 varieties of the traditional rice wine.
Part bar and part late-night dance club, Fate fuels its guests on appetizers before the party begins. Nightly live entertainment showcases both resident and special guest DJs, who spin high-energy electronic beats. For anyone who'd rather play tic-tac-toe at their table rather than hit the dance floor, bottle service is also available.
Sushi Mentai’s cooks evoke authentic flavors from Japan and Thailand with freshly made entrees, such as teriyaki chicken, Thai-style fried rice, and panang curry. At a visible workstation, meanwhile, sushi chefs slice and dice fresh seafood into 28 different types of sushi and hand rolls before topping them off with spicy mayo, cream cheese, or fresh vegetables. During the afternoon hours, they stuff bento boxes with a four-piece california roll, gyoza, and edamame for lunch on the go.
Sushi Mentai’s authentic Asian touches don’t stop with the food, though. Traditional red paper lanterns hover above wooden booths, illuminating cups of hot green tea or glinting off decorative statues of Buddha.