Behind the small bar at Anjo Sushi Japanese Restaurant, sushi chefs precisely slice and dice raw fish into beautiful creations that hit tables in a variety of iterations. First, there are the colorful specialty rolls: the Candy Cane roll, plated with each piece individually garnished and surrounded by drizzles of colorful sauce, or the Marilyn Monroe, lined with crispy tempura shrimp, wrapped with slices of fresh mango, and always served with a wink. More simplified presentations include classic nigiri?tender albacore or octopus draped over little mounds of sticky sushi rice?or simpler yet, the sashimi plate, where slices of fish are accompanied by a bowl of rice and steaming miso soup. And customers who'd prefer to enjoy their Ska Reggae rolls at home while dancing to their favorite tunes can place their orders to go.
A pot boils at the center of each table at Ten Shabu, where customers can consume traditional shabu-shabu, or hot-pot, meals. Thin slices of dry-aged rib eye, lamb, and pork disappear into a steaming vat of Japanese fish broth, tom yum, or one of nine other broth choices. Pescetarians can dig into a seafood combo of shrimp, mussels, and sea scallops, whereas vegetarians can order a tofu spread with shiitake mushrooms, spinach, and napa cabbage. The heat spectrum ranges from zero to extra-spicy, and all meals include white or brown rice, fresh vegetables, and udon noodles that eliminate hunger and replace broken shoestrings.
The traditional Japanese dish shabu-shabu translates to “swish-swish” after the sound of thinly sliced meat or seafood cooking in a pot of broth populated with cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, and other vegetables. Tokyo Shabu Shabu specializes in this edible onomatopoeia, giving diners the opportunity to customize every part of their meals as they cook each bite themselves. Beginning with the broth, guests can build their pot around a savory miso, spicy kimchi, or 12 other liquid bases. Certified-Angus beef, delicately marbled Kurobuta Berkshire pork, or unique Japanese seafood selections such as fish cake cook swiftly in the flavorful broths. Patrons can pair their bowls with eight different styles of sake and Japanese bottled drinks such as Kirin tea or melon soda.
Chop Chop Grill whips up noodle and rice bowls using fresh, high-quality ingredients. Prospective noodle-slurpers can step up to the automated kiosk counter to order customizable ramen soups, filled with egg, bean sprouts, bamboo, ginger, and pork slices in a natural pork-bone broth ($7.25+), and set meals, which sidekick a tofu, chicken, fish, or shrimp base with miso soup, rice, and another option ($5.59+), without making human contact. Curry dishes make an appearance and are diagnosed with cases of mild or medium hot, which can be gently treated with thai iced tea, fresh juice, or an antioxidant-filled pot of green tea ($2.95).
With a name that means "spring flowers," it's no surprise that Hana Haru serves the freshest fare. Hot entrees include sizzling platters of yakiniku?thinly sliced beef with mushrooms and vegetables?and fried pork katsu in a tangy sauce. Even Hana Haru's cold sushi rolls can turn up the heat faster than a cat running from a vacuum cleaner. Order the Y-Not with spicy albacore, shrimp tempura, and garlic ponzu sauce for maximum heat, or dial things back a bit with the Ninja, a roll of fresh salmon, avocado, cream cheese, and avocado. For the mildest experience, Hana Haru serves sushi rolls such as the Moon River, a california roll with albacore and ginger dressing, and the Crunch, which features crab and shrimp tempura wrapped up in soy paper.
No matter which roll they order, diners at Oishi Restaurant will likely be impressed by its presentation and new ownership. Red and white tuna stripe the top of a Candy Cane roll packed with cucumber and spicy scallops, and the Monk roll, a combination of crab, spicy tuna, cream cheese, and jalapeño, stands atop a painted web of dipping sauces. Entrees such as pork cutlets and salmon teriyaki can be packed into bento boxes at lunchtime or stretched out into full-size dishes at dinner. To drink, patrons can sip from a selection of sakes and Asian beers including Sapporo and Asahi.