Tamari takes its name from the Argentinean Huarpe people’s word meaning “to do everything with passion,” and the staff heeds it as a call to action. Executive Chef Roger Li expresses this joie de vivre through a bold menu of Latin, Asian, and European cuisine, uniting cultures through food like a model of the 1933 World's Fair made from fondant. Lobster-tempura maki tempts mouths alongside shrimp tacos garnished with yuzu-margarita foam and scottish salmon paired with chimichurri and ginger polenta. While dining, guests take part in a rich, interactive experience, sipping exotic açai mimosas and watching chefs prepare shareable tapas or custom-made menus in an open-pit kitchen. Altogether, the combination of unexpected flavor from the kitchen and unhindered elegance from the dining room has earned Tamari a great deal of respect. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for instance, named it on its Best Dining: Top Dishes list, and CBS Pittsburgh ranked it at the top of its list of Best Outdoor Dining options.
Most chefs get stage fright when customers are watching, but the fearless artisans at Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar concoct intricate Japanese dishes in plain view?either at tableside grills or just behind the sushi bar proper. Their collection of specialty maki exudes creativity and playfulness, from the deep-fried Godzilla roll with tuna, salmon, white fish, and crab meat to the Rainbow roll with fresh fish, avocado, and two wishes. Complete hibachi dinners satisfy hearty appetites and short attention spans with a choice of protein alongside soup, salad, vegetable, rice, and noodles?all prepared amusingly right at the table. Each location sports sleek and modern d?cor with accents such as bamboo walls or a back-lit bar glowing in chic blue or red tones.
The Penn Avenue Fish Company on Forbes isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a group of people who’ve made it their goal to bring delicious deep-sea morsels to the world. In addition to cooking and serving their seafood fresh at their restaurant, they also double as a fish market, meaning you can treat yourself to the same high-quality seafood that they serve up at their restaurant in the comfort of your own home. Their signature dishes include tomato basil soup with hearty chunks of Chilean sea bass and their spicy grilled tuna sandwich with Jalapeno. Their sushi is famed for being the freshest and most reasonably-priced in town- not a bad combination. In addition to standard sushi and sashimi, they also have a number of mouthwatering specialty rolls if you’re looking to experiment.
Featuring a wide-ranging menu of sumptuous Asian dishes, Yamato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is a family-friendly Japanese restaurant and hibachi grill. The menu is a cornucopia of Asian delights. The Yamoto's lunch menu offers more than a dozen sushi options including eel, bass, mackerel, squid, octopus, scallops, and shrimp. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create handmade sushi delicacies. The kids' menu includes sushi and hibachi selections. If you have particular ingredients in mind, the You Be the Chef special lets you select what you want in your roll. Conveniently located on William Penn Highway, Yamoto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar is the destination spot for fresh, tasty Japanese delights.
Katana’s chefs draw inspiration from Thai, Chinese, and Japanese culinary traditions, creating faithful renditions of iconic dishes from each culture. Teppanyaki chefs thrill diners by searing cuts of lobster or filet mignon amid the towering flames of hibachi grills that adorn the tabletops of select seating areas. In contrast, sushi chefs studiously avoid open flames as they roll more than 15 kinds of specialty maki, which can include smoked salmon, mango, or piquant chili sauce within a cylinder of individually peeled grains of rice. The rest of the menu spotlights the seemingly disparate flavors of Thailand and China, listing aromatic curries along with meat-laden orders of lo mein or fried rice.
For traditional Japanese food prepared quickly and flavorfully in Pittsburgh, look no further than Little Tokyo. Featuring a long menu of sushi, appetizers and entrees, anyone craving a taste of the Far East will want to sample the delightful dishes at Little Tokyo. Sushi lovers will appreciate the nigiri and maki selections, and those craving a warm meal will love the assorted hibachi selections. For a taste of something sweet, try the red bean ice cream for a dessert that is done in traditional Asian style. Little Tokyo also features a children's menu, so bring the whole family for a meal experience all are sure to enjoy.