Because their art has a small and edible canvas, sushi chefs must specialize in precision. They pick tiny yet often intense ingredients, packaging them neatly together for the best visual and flavorful presentation. At Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill, the challenge of their task is doubled—they wield spicy add-ons whose heat must balance the crispness of the seafood. The spicy lobster roll, for example, tops its mix of lobster, cucumber, and avocado with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce. There's also the sushi burrito, one of several fusion appetizers that wraps shrimp tempura and crab in soy paper, primed for dipping in house salsa.
Stuffed jalapeños, sushi tostadas, and rolls with habanero sauce bespeak the restaurant's fascination with the southwest. Still, there are classic Japanese dishes to be had. Entrees of chicken katsu and miso-glazed Chilean sea bass make for filling dinners, whereas bento box and teriyaki bowl lunch specials satisfy afternoon cravings. Hand rolls package eel and salmon skin inside seaweed shaped like a cone hat, which the staff imports directly from mermaid parties.
Understated and simple decor accent the walls at Arigato Japanese Restaurant?all the better to contrast with the artistry of its chef's sushi. Seated beneath the glow of paper lamps, diners savor elegantly plated sashimi and whimsical specialties such as the Dragon roll. The chef also fashions fresh produce, microgreens, and flavorful sauces into vegetarian rolls, perfect for those whose favorite fish is a cucumber. Noodle bowls and entr?es such as teriyaki steak fill out the rest of the menu, and rounds of beer and sake complete the dining experience.
At Nori Sushi Bar and Grill, chefs fuse traditional methods with new-wave techniques to transform fresh seafood into more than 20 specialty rolls. These include rolls stuffed with shrimp tempura and Red Dagon with spicy tuna, cucumber avacado, topped with cajun tuna and habanero masago that looks just as good on a plate as it would beneath a Christmas tree. But Nori’s selection stretches beyond sushi to full entrees, such as the teriyaki steak topped with a house teriyaki sauce. Diners enjoy the dishes inside the restaurant, which is adorned with bamboo plants and cat statues, or outside on the patio, next to the sand-colored exterior and underneath crimson umbrellas.
Poway Sushi Lounge celebrates the grand economy of flavor that can be packed into a singular, satisfying chomp. Starting appetites simmer under the spell of chipotle-baked mussels ($6) and agedashi tofu that's flash-fried before a soothing bonito bath ($5), bracing the palate for the dynamic rolls ahead. Handmade sushi rolls cater themselves to all hankerings with refreshing bites of spicy crab in the Red Dragon rolls ($12) and Tsunami rolls that unite shrimp, crab, avocado, and asparagus layered in Cajun-seared albacore and roasted garlic ($14). A diverse nigiri and sashimi menu focuses on individual ingredients, while the kitchen's selection of entrees ushers in classic plates of sesame chicken ($12) and charred salmon with asparagus and baby spinach ($14).
Whether you are in the mood for sushi or sashimi, Ebisu Sushi Bar has it all. Your pals with special dietary considerations — including those who avoid fat, gluten, and animal products — will still find plenty of tasty and suitable items on the menu. Don't forget to dip into Ebisu Sushi Bar's fully-stocked bar. Parents, bring your kids along to Ebisu Sushi Bar, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. If you have a large group out celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone, Ebisu Sushi Bar is a great pick for large parties with its spacious layout.
Reserve your table ahead of time if you're heading over to the sushi spot on a Friday and Saturday — it can get quite crowded during the weekend. No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Ebisu Sushi Bar — it's strictly casual. Or, take your food to-go. Through their catering service, Ebisu Sushi Bar can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Street parking is readily available near Ebisu Sushi Bar's 6th Ave location.
Prices at Ebisu Sushi Bar typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the sushi spot, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
Adhering to the balanced energies of Feng Shui, the dining room at Iron Wok Asian Bistro is captivating in its blend of romance, whimsy, and chic décor. A giant fish tank and strings of hanging lights illuminate the dining room, casting a warm glow over the full-sized trees and brick walls that surround the dining room’s booths.
Chefs mirror this balanced approach with their cooking, blending together the artistry of presentation with the classic recipes culled from numerous Southeast Asian cuisines. They use only spices imported from Asia, adding a subtle zing to dishes such as their honey-glazed shrimp tossed with walnuts. Chefs even roll together a selection of sushi, and specially prepare a full menu of vegetarian dishes for those who abstain from meat. Their dessert menu incorporates traditional Asian flavors to create dishes such as their mochi or green tea ice cream and fried bananas with coconut pineapple ice cream.