Yotsuba’s skilled sushi chefs sprinkle fresh fish and organic seaweed with low-sodium soy sauce brewed in-house. Tempura and teriyaki dishes steam atop low tables in the West Bloomfield location’s tatami room, where cushy legless seats host floor-level dining in traditional Japanese style. High-backed booths and bar seating at both locations raise patrons off the ground for views of chopstick-wielding chefs tapping out the drum solo from "Wipeout" behind the sushi bar.
Ninja Sushi's maki have always boasted an elegant presentation, sailing to tables on boat-shaped platters bedecked in plant garnishes, candles, and colorful sushi pieces on every horizontal surface. Now, after four months of renovations, the owners can say the same of their decor. They appointed their dining room in warm, earthy tones, perfectly complemented by a splash of red paint behind the white stone sushi bar. Of course, they still whip up impressive cargos of sushi to put on their boat platters, alongside with Japanese and Korean kitchen entrees which come on more traditional plates, which are the flatware equivalent of river barges.
Peals of laughter rise from families around the granite tabletops at which hibachi chefs crack jokes and flip shrimp over the grill. At Ichiban Steakhouse, expert grillers don black chef suits and show off their skill at slicing and searing chicken, steak, and seafood. Flanked by dark wood walls, nearby sushi chefs slice fresh fish to wrap tightly in specialty rolls. Five tatami rooms provide semiprivate spaces for business meals, romantic outings, or discreet transformations into a werewolf.
In 2012, Real Detroit Weekly named Crave Restaurant + Sushi Bar Detroit's best sushi restaurant, praising the Mediterranean-Japanese hot spot for its "impeccably fresh fish." The standout signature rolls run the gamut from king crab–stuffed rainbow rolls to grilled lobster rolls garnished with shiitake mushrooms. Diners can also nosh on freshly sliced fatty tuna and sea urchin from the extensive sashimi selection. Crave's strong Mediterranean flair is evident in the roasted-beet caprese salad, the halal chicken breast, and the sea bass, served with succotash and warm gazpacho.
Each month, live music fills Crave's softly lit interior. You can schedule private parties or high-stakes Go Fish! tournaments in the event room or the exclusive lounge. During warmer weather, the restaurant's Asian garden is an idyllic setting for outdoor events, with its bamboo bar and decorative Asian maples.
Traditional Japanese Soups | Hangover-Erasing Udon | Open Kitchen | Cat-Themed Decor
Where to Sit: Sidle up next to the counter, where you’ll be able to watch chefs slice, dice, and roll sushi in the open kitchen.
While You're Waiting: Count the cats. The dining room houses just about every type of decorative feline—ceramic cats, portraits of cats, and Hello Kitty items, to name a few.
Inside Tip: If you partied a little too much the night before, order the udon. The Metro Times claims it’s a “black hole for hangovers.”
Know the Difference: Ajishin's soups are built around two types of noodle: soba and udon. Soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour and have a nutty flavor, while udon noodles are made from wheat flour and have a fairly neutral flavor.
Intent on establishing Japanese cuisine as the new, go-to comfort food in Novi, Wasabi Hibachi Steakhouse's chefs have curated a menu full of iconic staples. These dishes give diners a taste of Japanese culture, while the chefs often showcase their skills in full view of the spectating guests.
Standing behind silver hibachi grills, chefs blur the line between cooking and live entertainment, searing everything from vegetables and filet mignon to lobster tails and swordfish in front of the diners. In between slicing, dicing, and flipping various items, the chefs occasionally pull out one of their classic tricks. They might stack sliced onions atop the grill and transform the cone of onions into a volcano, sending a pillar of flame shooting skyward as onlookers applaud.
Working diligently?albeit with a less showmanship?the sushi chefs spend the mealtime rushes creating sashimi, nigiri, and maki. The sushi rolls run the gamut from the traditional to the new and inventive. Here are a handful of the more than 40 sushi roll options: