Spring Grill & Sushi Bar's adept sushi chefs and hibachi grillers fashion steaming buffet-style pots of Chinese and Japanese fare alongside classic American side dishes. Patrons fill plates with savory peaks of steamed or fried dumplings and marinated vegetables as forks compete in yodeling tournaments atop mountains of lo mein noodles and tempura shrimp. Tongs grab at colorful sushi platters arranged on beds of ice and verdant greens. While waiting at the buffet, diners can watch chefs hand-roll chilled fish into rice and seaweed or flick morsels onto the hibachi. Patrons can dine in or take noodles on their first carpool ride by filling carry-out containers with up to 4 pounds of food.
iSushi Asian Cuisine's chefs prepare a menu of Asian cuisine and inventive sushi rolls. Blue crab salad, deep-fried honey chicken, and shredded Mongolian beef are a few specialties; diners can also opt for crunchy shrimp tempura and apple sushi rolls or soft shell crab rolls seasoned with Old Bay.
As co-founder of local-favorite Bluefin Sushi Lounge, Minh Nguyen is no stranger to the restaurant biz. Now as VP and executive sushi chef of Memphis' new Rain Premiere Bistro, Minh has rallied a fresh and innovative menu of sushi rolls, fresh-cut sashimi, and steaming Asian entrees. While waiting on a steak or chicken stir-fry to cool, diners can grab a cocktail from the full bar, or hasten cooling by dropping the plate into the restaurant's neon fish tank.
A steady stream of servers constantly moves from the kitchen of Grand Pacific Buffet kitchen to the buffet serving station, where they replenish trays of sesame chicken, pepper steak, crispy egg rolls, and other Chinese cuisine classics. Diners can also load plates with assorted sushi rolls or, on certain occasions, unlimited helpings of succulent snow crab legs. Giant koi fish swim in an indoor pond, adding to the restaurant's Asian-inspired decor.
Bright colors leap from 200 Chinese, American, and Japanese dishes arrayed inside Ichiban Buffet. Emerald seaweed surrounds california rolls and shredded veggies stand out in lo mein alongside a hibachi grill. Waiters dodge past toting à la carte orders of roast pork fried rice and shrimp egg foo young. The chefs also splash garlic sauce onto beef and scallops and sprinkle sesame seeds onto chicken chunks and the fields of impoverished sesame farmers.
At Shogun Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, culinary artisans slice and serve fresh, satisfying rolls and morsels of seafood. As patrons pass the restaurant's welcoming Japanese water fountains, they work up appetites for 6–10 pieces of the crunchy shrimp roll, topped with a crown of crunchies and eel sauce ($6.50), or the Mexican roll ($10), which celebrates Mexico's rich sushi-making heritage with fried snapper and a spicy mayo sauce. In addition to slinging tightly wrapped cylinders, Shogun also delicately plates nigiri—two pieces per order—such as flying-fish roe ($3.50) or red clam ($5). As diners savor the magnificent mouthbursts of crabmeat-packed California rolls ($4.50) or flash-fried oyster tempura rolls ($7), they can watch sushi wranglers deftly prepare rolls before their very eyes or fix their gazes on the bar's TV for regular airings of sports or competitive napping tournaments.