Patrons at Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant snag sleek metallic seats in a modern, trendy space. Beneath the undulating canopy of a black-and-white sushi bar, chefs slice and chop fresh sushi and sashimi, including specialty rolls with names such as Black Pearl, Lady in Red, and Crazy Monkey. Cooked dishes such as stir-fried noodles, teriyaki, and tempura imbue meals with sweet and tangy flavors. Fusion fare such as tuna carpaccio rounds out meals with piquant spices and insightful commentary on international affairs.
Embracing Japan’s range of culinary traditions, the chefs at U-Sushi divide their time between plating fresh sushi and sautéing savory entrees on stovetops. Although the sushi selection features traditional maki with raw fish and fresh vegetables, chefs also create signature rolls containing such maritime delicacies as shrimp tempura, wasabi lobster, and Spanish doubloons. Additionally, the kitchen sears or fries pieces of tofu, chicken, and seafood, finishing them with a teriyaki glaze or a sweet chili sauce.
Multi-colored brick walls surround Osaka?s dining room, interrupted here and there by the distinct blue glow of a backlit fish tank or the white aura from overhead lanterns. But diners would be remiss if they didn?t keep their eyes squarely in front of them. The tabletop hibachi grill becomes center stage, and the waiter?donning dress whites, a red hat, and sharpened blades?becomes the evening?s performer. In a show of knife-wielding wizardry, he slices and dices sizzling portions of meats, veggies, and eggs, his blades a blur of silvery glints as the morsels are tossed and grilled to perfection before making their way onto each diner?s plate, piping hot and ready to be devoured.
At this hibachi-style Japanese steakhouse, helpings of fillet mignon, salmon, scallops, and chicken are cooked before each guest's eyes, merging the performing arts and culinary arts like a magician pulling a coin from an omelet. Equally as deft at their craft are the sushi chefs, who mete out robust rolls stuffed with kobe beef, asparagus, mango, and onion, or chopped king grab, salmon, and ikuru. As a finishing touch, many variations of hot and cold sake arrive from the tiled bar, where guests will also find a house plum wine, cocktails, and Japanese beers.
The Boston Globe called Super Fusion “A Flash of the Unexpected” for a reason. While the menu doesn't overlook typical sushi choices, the chefs' real creativity shines through in such specialty rolls as dragon maki with sweet potato and eel or sake papaya maki with fried papaya and cream cheese. Among the more than 100 dishes, there is also a menu section devoted to entirely to salmon, which is crusted with king crab, grilled with black Tobiko, or wrapped in rice paper with fresh papaya, asparagus, and cucumber. To wash down the creative eats, the restaurant offers beer, wine, and sake, while those who abstain can opt for green tea or simply request that their soup be served with a straw.
Continuing an age-old Japanese culinary tradition, Shabu-Ya specializes in shabu-shabu, or hot pot––a modern take on the steaming soups historically eaten by Genghis Khan and his armies. The café's sleekly modern interior is designed to evoke the colors and shapes of this signature dish, from vegetable-green couches to round hanging lights that recall bubbles in boiling broth. Meals can begin with seaweed-encircled sushi while diners decide which meats and veggies to simmer in a choice of shabu-shabu broths such as Korean kimchi and vegetarian mushroom. Kitchen specials also offer Black Angus rib eye or chili-marinated pork bulgoki to build hearty hot pots, and are flavorful ways to change up an all-mayonnaise diet.
One of South Shore Living's "10 Influential People You Should Know" in 2010, Jimmy Liang evenly divides his time among his five Boston-area restaurants. At Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar, his culinary crew whips up contemporary Japanese dishes with a focus on maki, sushi, and sashimi. The sushi selection ranges from eel-filled caterpillar rolls to sweet-potato maki to the BLT roll, which guests must order without using any vowels. The menu also includes traditional eats such as gyoza, sweet-and-sour crab-meat balls, and filet mignon cooked in a housemade lime-soy marinade. For entertainment, Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar has a live DJ that spins every Friday and Saturday night.