While admiring Fuji Sushi's sloped, wooden tiki roof, hardwood floors, and bamboo-hued walls, one might think the entire restaurant was carved from the trunk of an enormous tree. Yet the timbered eatery isn't afraid to play with fire—chefs toss morsels of fresh salmon, chicken, and steak into flames on kitchen hibachi grills, where crunchy vegetables also sizzle to form well-rounded Japanese entrees. Hot and cold sake, wine, and beer take the edge off hunger as guests watch sushi artisans slice sashimi and insulate rolls with shrimp, fish eggs, and sea urchin. After dining on curls of steaming fried noodles, patrons can sate sugar hankerings with a sweet Japanese dessert or donate their gently used chopsticks to the Toddler Fencing Association of Jacksonville.
Mizu Sushi & Grill plumbs the endless fathoms of deep sea deliciousness, converting diners’ stomachs into culinary aquariums with its neatly rolled menu of savory sushi and Japanese cuisine. For dinner, curl up by the flames of the hibachi grill for a portion of filet mignon ($19.95), or satisfy your inner vegetable farmer by chasing scuba-diving rabbits out of a seaweed salad ($4.75).
Fuji Sushi in the Arlington area is a dine in/carry out Japanese chain restaurant offering a host of al a carte sushi, soups, salads, noodles, entrées and hibachi dishes. There’s even an assortment of bento box lunch and dinner options to choose from, for the diner who wants a little bit of variety. With several locations around town, this unassuming outpost is tucked into a strip mall in the Regency section, along Commerce Center Drive. But don’t be misled: Fuji enjoys a strong local following. Try the steak, chicken, shrimp or salmon teriyaki bento box options, which come with soup, salad and shumai or gyoza and rice. A large selection of raw fish and vegetarian rolls round out most of the offerings, making this a catch-all restaurant for most anyone looking for simple Japanese food in a casual, comfortable environment.
Sake house, in the heart of the Riverside district, is an unassuming sushi and tepanyaki bar housed among area antique stores and vintage shops. The restaurant has several locations throughout the city, and each is famous for its delicious hibachi grill options, from lobster and steak to shrimp and scallops. Noodles and vegetables hit the searing hot grill as well, while cold-dish entrées fall in line with rolls of sushi, served à la cart or as part of a larger lunch. A gleaming mahogany bar, dim lantern lighting and themed art round out the cozy, fun vibe of the space, while traditional low tables and floor cushion seating gives patrons a more unique experience on weekend nights. A beer, wine and sake list help to round out an evening inside.
Nagasaki Sushi & Grill is a full service sushi, teppanyaki and hibachi restaurant on the north side of Jacksonville. Dimly lit with lantern-style lights and low-wattage recessed lighting, Nagasaki offers lots of options for hungry neighbors. Large booths line the circumference of the main dining room, with smaller tables in the middle. With a minimalist dark wood décor and a few Asian touches, Nagasaki Sushi and Grill offers a full sushi menu in addition to its seared and grilled mains, including the ubiquitous spicy tuna roll, plus salmon sashimi and Alaskan rolls, a variety of soups, appetizers and teriyaki dishes. More traditional Hibachi plates might include steak or chicken, shrimp, scallops and assorted vegetables.
The chefs at Sushi House treat each plate as a canvas, surrounding artfully assembled orders of sushi with intricately carved garnishes and vivid streaks of sauce. Despite the aesthetic appeal of a perfectly composed dish, guests still devour any of the 90 maki from the menu. Familiar cylinders of rice-swaddled cucumber and avocado appear along with a few more adventurous rolls that incorporate premium ingredients, such as tempura lobster, spicy honey sauce, or julienned college diplomas. The cooks also make use of their kitchen's stovetops to whip up teriyaki chicken, tempura vegetables, and hibachi-style steak.