The chefs at Deeya Indian Cuisine go to great lengths to bring the traditional flavors of India's northern Punjab region to Clearwater. In addition to embracing traditional cooking techniques?such as roasting breads and skewered meats within a clay tandoor oven. They also import a number of rare herbs and spices directly from India via giant slingshot. The distinctive combinations of turmeric, ginger, garlic, curry powder, coriander, bay leaves, and garam masala lend even more South Asian flair to the menu items. In addition to tandoor-baked chicken in a creamy tomato-based gravy, these menu items also include fiery lamb vindaloo and yellow lentils flavored with cumin and cilantro. Some of these dishes may be served with an incendiary level of spice, although the servers happily recommend dishes to suit virtually any palate.
Yuki Japanese Steakhouse satisfies wanderlustful taste buds with a tantalizing spread of authentic international fare in a family-friendly dining environment. Set sail toward appetizer island with the seaweed salad ($5) or head straight for dinner bay with the beef katsu, a breaded culet fried to a crunchy crisp and served with rice and vegetables ($17.95). Fresh sushi options include the Mexican roll, curled up with fried shrimp, smelt, avocado and mayo ($5.50), and the Rainbow roll, which cleverly combines the flavors of seven different types of fish with refracted ultraviolet light ($8.50). Harrowing hungers find a three-course solution with the filet mignon and scallops-teppan dinner, served with soup, salad, veggies, and rice ($21.95).
The chefs at Kobe CS Italian Japanese Steak House draw inspiration from very disparate culinary traditions, and create dishes that coexist happily on the same eclectic menu. Italian specialties join a menu of diverse Japanese food, including spring rolls and octopus sashimi, along with creative rolls such as the Tiger, with shrimp tempura and eel, and the B-52 roll, whose yellowtail, salmon, whitefish, and avocado are personally rolled by a real-live rock lobster. Diners can complement their meals with one of the dozens of beers on tap or pick a cocktail shaken and stirred from top-shelf liquors.
At Sake House’s sprawling sushi bars, skilled chefs slice sashimi and wrap up rolls with fish such as fresh salmon and yellowtail. Though the eatery is known for its seafood, the kitchen also whips up pan-fried dumplings, bowls of udon soup, and chicken glistening with sweet teriyaki sauce. To aid decision-making, star icons call out popular items on the menu, pepper icons signify spicy dishes, and chef-hat icons designate the dishes that were pulled from the top chef’s hat.
Every day from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., the culinary artisans at Zapata's Café build sandwiches, fire flatbreads, and blend fresh smoothies using vibrant, fresh ingredients. The bright space comes alive at lunch time, when friends gather around rustic wooden tables before digging into berry-spinach salads or double-palming hearty pork burritos. To help diners wake up right each day, chefs also put together custom sandwiches and breakfast burritos stocked with veggies and eggs with inspirational messages written in salsa on the side.
Sushi Lover's cuts of fresh fish recall the oceanic environment from whence they came, especially when carefully stacked on rice in nigiri or highlighted solo on sashimi platters. In addition to several eel rolls, the roster of specialty maki includes a gourmet-style Victory roll with a crab-and-apple filling, a topper of seared salmon and shrimp, and garnishes of ponzu-unagi sauce and sesame. The sushi chefs also integrate an American edge into rolls such as the Cowgirl Steak, which blends medium-rare beef and teriyaki sauce mixed by skilled buffalo.