Yotsuba’s skilled sushi chefs sprinkle fresh fish and organic seaweed with low-sodium soy sauce brewed in-house. Tempura and teriyaki dishes steam atop low tables in the West Bloomfield location’s tatami room, where cushy legless seats host floor-level dining in traditional Japanese style. High-backed booths and bar seating at both locations raise patrons off the ground for views of chopstick-wielding chefs tapping out the drum solo from "Wipeout" behind the sushi bar.
Where classic sushi ingredients like crabmeat, salmon, and spicy tuna are found inside many of Umi Sushi?s rolls, the chefs also showcase more unique fillers. Start with the sweet potato, which includes deep-fried rice and jalape?os. Other ingredients range from mozzarella cheese and avocado to shrimp and eel, and if you can't decide which type of fish you want, the Rainbow roll offers four kinds on top of a california roll. While steeped in sushi, the menu also offers grilled meats slathered in teriyaki sauce and Korean-style spicy ramen noodle dishes. Patrons can eat in at Umi Sushi or have food delivered to their front doorstep or jury box seat.
At Shogun Japanese and Chinese Bistro, cooks amass an army of fresh ingredients to fire up on a griddle at diners’ tables. Here, shrimp, calamari, and sirloin morph into hibachi-style dinners as they sizzle in the heat and tumble through the air with the help of the chef’s spatula. Fresh fish and rice converge to form sushi such as the crispy roll #24, whose salmon and yellowtail flaunt a sauce as sweet and spicy as a valentine from a jalapeño pepper. The Chinese section of the menu brims with house specialties such as beef with stir-fried string beans and family-style meals of shrimp kow and almond chicken.
Peals of laughter rise from families around the granite tabletops at which hibachi chefs crack jokes and flip shrimp over the grill. At Ichiban Steakhouse, expert grillers don black chef suits and show off their skill at slicing and searing chicken, steak, and seafood. Flanked by dark wood walls, nearby sushi chefs slice fresh fish to wrap tightly in specialty rolls. Five tatami rooms provide semiprivate spaces for business meals, romantic outings, or discreet transformations into a werewolf.
Traditional Japanese Soups | Hangover-Erasing Udon | Open Kitchen | Cat-Themed Decor
Where to Sit: Sidle up next to the counter, where you’ll be able to watch chefs slice, dice, and roll sushi in the open kitchen.
While You're Waiting: Count the cats. The dining room houses just about every type of decorative feline—ceramic cats, portraits of cats, and Hello Kitty items, to name a few.
Inside Tip: If you partied a little too much the night before, order the udon. The Metro Times claims it’s a “black hole for hangovers.”
Know the Difference: Ajishin's soups are built around two types of noodle: soba and udon. Soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour and have a nutty flavor, while udon noodles are made from wheat flour and have a fairly neutral flavor.
Intent on establishing Japanese cuisine as the new, go-to comfort food in Novi, Wasabi Hibachi Steakhouse's chefs have curated a menu full of iconic staples. These dishes give diners a taste of Japanese culture, while the chefs often showcase their skills in full view of the spectating guests.