Teriyaki Boy serves up health-friendly eats that integrate Japanese and Chinese influences without the use of oil or MSG. Their cooks grill or bake shrimp, tofu, Angus steak, or chicken before tossing them into teriyaki bowls or teriyaki wraps, which bring together the proteins with rice and vegetables. Tender filets of salmon and mahi mahi also make an appearance in bowls with rice or soba noodles. Morsels of Mongolian beef, sesame orange chicken, or sweet and sour pork broaden the flavor spectrum alongside sips of boba smoothies.
Though Zhigang Wang mastered the art of sushi in Tokyo, he refined a second Japanese culinary art—hibachi—during an eight-year tenure at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Today, he showcases both cooking styles as head chef of Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse Rainbow.
Before they can assemble rolls from handpicked ingredients in Zhigang's kitchen, all Ohjah's sushi chefs must have at least six years of sushi-rolling experience. That training shines through on the menu's many specialties including the french kiss roll, a shrimp tempura, crab, and cucumber medley covered with mango-tomato salsa. They also cook elements that many chefs might usually keep raw, whether its deep-frying the casino roll's salmon and asparagus or baking the Japanese lasagna roll's crab and cream cheese.
Away from the sushi bar, Ohjah's hibachi chefs show off their culinary wizardry at the restaurant's teppanyaki tables. As flames shoot from the grills, chefs sear succulent cuts of everything from kobe beef to teriyaki-flavored scallop and halibut. More hot dishes emerge from Ohjah's kitchen, including "nachos" made from wonton chips smothered in avocado and spicy sautéed crab.
Yoko Sushi's skilled culinary artisans create delicate sushi rolls and classic Japanese cuisine to form expansive lunch and dinner menus. The flagship all-you-can-eat sushi package piles plates high with succulent morsels of red snapper or mussels, as well as classic rolls such as the spicy yellowtail, to fill stomachs at noon ($22.95) or in the evening ($25.95) and foster impromptu Jenga games. Teriyaki dishes deliver a choice of beef, chicken, or salmon ($6.95), and the special grilled-mackerel plate only arrives after marinating in seawater ($8.95). Finish gastronomic symphonies on a sweet note, with a selection of dessert such as the tempura fried ice cream in a choice of green tea or plum ($3.50), which combines hot and cold like a volcano full of popsicles.
Sushi has become wildly popular in cities across the U.S., but Osaka Summerlin was way ahead of the trend. Osaka natives Sam and Aiko Nakanishi founded its sister restaurant way back in 1969, and their daughter Joy expanded their tradition of ultrafresh seafood and sizzling Japanese entrees to Summerlin three decades later.
The menu spotlights exotic Japanese seafood, including live surf clams, abalone, and chickens that taught themselves to tread water. In addition, chefs craft traditional bento boxes and inventive sushi rolls, such as spicy crab with tempura jalapeños. But the real star of the show is the hibachi grill. Here, chefs entertain diners with spatula flips, fiery onion volcanoes, and other tricks of the trade as they sear meat, seafood, and veggies to a perfect char.
The grill's dancing flames might be the flashiest sight at Osaka Summerlin, but the decor does its best to compete. Red walls blush in the soft glow of square wall sconces, graphic art from local designers hangs on the walls, and bejeweled pendant lamps evoke overfed snowflakes.