Panda Restaurant's cooks take visitors on a tour of the Asian continent, magically compressing the lengthy journey into a single, jet-lag-free meal. From Japan, they prepare specialty sushi, such as the Spicy Girl tuna roll with droplets of chili sauce or the Hawa roll with eel and mango. They head across the sea to borrow recipes from China, such as the Seven Stars Around the Moon, which boldly melds the flavors of beef, scallops, jumbo shrimp, roasted pork, king crab, and chicken. Finally, they sling up Thailand's noodle and curry staples, such as massaman shrimp with potatoes or chicken sautéed with fresh mango. Between sips of their favorite BYO beverages, guests can conclude this epic feast with a sweet flourish of ice cream.
Hailing from the city of Nagano, Japan, the chef at Nagano Japanese Restaurant displays authentic cuisine in the form of sushi, noodle dishes, and grilled teriyaki entrees. The maki ranges from simple, single-filling numbers, such as the tuna roll, salmon roll, or pickled squash roll, to the elaborate rocket roll loaded with fried squid, eel, shrimp, crab, and scallions. Udon, soba, and ramen bowls allow diners to practice their slurping skills, while balls of mochi ice cream coolly conclude meals. The BYOB spot occupies a narrow space on Washington Street, and its causal dining room invites diners to sit at low-top tables or at the sushi bar.
Tsuki Japanese Restaurant fetes its namesake country's cuisine with a broad menu of noodles, teriyaki, tempura, and sushi featuring three-dozen specialty rolls. House appetizers include the Festival—thin-sliced, seared white tuna adorned with caviar, carrots, seaweed, and bell peppers in a vinegar sauce. Snow White rolls wrap tempura red snapper, asparagus, and avocado in rice paper over spicy garlic sauce, and Zebra rolls top spicy tuna and cucumber with shredded shrimp, carrots, and a savory house sauce. Other dishes include teriyaki meats or tofu, udon noodles, and veggie or meat tempura.
The sliding shoji screens and Japanese art decorating Sapporo's dining room strongly hint at the restaurant's trans-Pacific inspiration, but the fully stocked sushi bar and dexterous hibachi chefs remove all doubt. The menu embraces the diversity of Japanese cuisine, featuring grilled and tempura-fried options alongside clean and elegant sushi. The sushi menu features more than 50 different rolls, including specialty maki with everything from mango and salmon to spicy crab and lobster salad. Bursts of flame stand out amid the restaurant's dark wooden tables as hibachi chefs entertain guests, searing entrees of filet mignon, chicken, and scallops.
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar's hibachi chefs pull double duty, acting as entertainers in addition to grillmasters. They captivate large groups of diners with whirling knifework, dynamic spatula twirls, and the occasional spout of flame at tableside hibachi grills, flipping hot portions of lobster and chicken directly onto waiting plates. Behind the bamboo-finished bar, the sushi chefs move more slowly as they carefully seal colorful combinations of veggies, seafood, and vinegar-anointed rice within sheets of delicate seaweed. Like a poltergeist beauty pageant, not all of the talent is visible to the eye—the culinary team makes some of the restaurant's most exotic dishes, such as kobe beef sliders and wasabi-crusted filet mignon, behind the closed doors of the kitchen.
At Daimatsu Japanese Sushi Bar, head chef Masatomo "Momo" Soma puts his decade of professional experience to good use as he creates visually stunning masterpieces of Japanese cuisine. Diners savor the subtle flavors of thinly sliced sashimi and sushi, then expand their palates to prized deep-sea dishes⎯such as giant clam, skipjack, and sea urchin⎯without having to peruse early-morning fish markets or become a stowaway on an ocean trawler.
Homestyle dishes of breaded-pork katsu cutlets, savory udon noodles in miso broth, and salmon teriyaki add a hearty touch to lunches and dinners. Salads and appetizers such as tender-chicken yakitori or plump-pork gyoza complement meals with morsels of expertly prepared veggies, seafood, and meat.