With its whistle blowing and its lights blazing, a miniature locomotive rounds the bend at Sushi Train's sushi bar. Instead of boxcars freighted with hobo gold, however, the engine tows dozens of sushi plates, which diners can pick up as the train passes. Sushi Train's creative, playful approach to sushi extends to the recipes themselves: the Bomber, for instance, includes jalapeño, Velveeta cheese, and smoked salmon, and the Bayou roll blends catfish and blackened shrimp with spicy sauce. Chefs also roll out dozens of traditional nigiri and roll recipes, such as california rolls and vegetable fuko maki.
The Sushi Place’s chefs integrate shrimp and scallops with cream cheese and spicy mayo, yielding rolls with complex profiles of texture and flavor. Edamame and seaweed salad segue into thin-sliced salmon, tuna, and yellow-tail sashimi. Tempura batter crackles around veggies and shrimp, punctuated by the sound of whirring chopstick sharpeners, and notes of plum and grass drift from glasses of sake.
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As the proud, busy parents of three young boys, Kang and Mary Nhin know that eating dinner as a family can be a challenge. So they created Nhinja Sushi and Wok, a casual, kid-friendly setting where the service is fast and the menu includes healthy options. As children don a Nhinja mask cutout and sketch the daily Dow Jones chart on a coloring sheet, families dig into spicy tuna rolls or stir-fried Hunan Garden shrimp. The food blog Dishin & Dishes lauded the restaurant for offering the option to order sushi and entrees made with brown rice.
The family-centric vibe even extends to the restaurant's lime walls, which are decorated with artwork of the owners' children. Careful not to neglect fully grown eyeballs, they have also filled the space with futuristic white chairs, tables, and booths accentuated by the pops of bright pink, turquoise, purple, and lime green.
In the Raw combines traditional and nouveau dishes and a cool, contemporary ambiance to comprehensively cater to romantic rendezvous. The menu features an array of fresh sushi options, from traditional cylinders such as the california roll ($5.25) to innovative options such as the fiery volcano roll, which incites eruptions of taste-bud applause with a combination of deep-fried shrimp, avocado, cream cheese, and jalapeño, all topped with scallops cooked in a spicy sauce ($14.95). Less-bundled bite-ables include the pork and sesame noodle bowl ($10.95) and an 8-ounce pepper filet paired with wasabi mashed potatoes and asparagus ($27.95). Tempura-fried bananas ($6.50), chocolate or vanilla crème brûlée ($6.50), and other desserts help meals end happily, rather than with petty squabbles over whose napkin is the largest.
Full Moon Sushi and Bistro forges an extensive collection of more than 60 specialty sushi rolls accompanied by entrees that highlight Japanese spins on steak, pork, and seafood. While sushi chefs wrap crab, escolar, or yellowtail in cocoons of rice and await the emergence of butterfly shrimp, diners can sip frosty brews and watch sports on flat-screen TVs. Rustic wooden floors cradle a sturdy stable of high-backed chairs, and sky-blue walls host vibrant artwork and vacationing clouds.