Chef Yasushi Watanabe has sated sushi-seeking Chattanoogans since 1991 with a menu of authentic Japanese cuisine. Fresh fish is flown in daily from both coasts, serving as tasty dish adornments, offering fins of peace amongst rebel schools, and comparing regional submarine patois. Midday munchies are quenched with selections from the lunch menu, which include a lunch-box special consisting of fried dumplings, chicken teriyaki, rice, and a california or hot-crunchy roll ($8.95).
Hayashi boasts a bevy of edible options in its upscale buffet-style confines, offering all-you-can-eat portions of sushi, salad, seafood, soup, and hibachi for lunch and dinner, as well as plated entrees and sushi rolls. Outfit a hungering maw with a steady stream of Japanese cuisine at the lunch ($9.95–$10.95) or dinner ($12.95–$13.95) buffet, which features a treasure trove of nigiri, sashimi, sushi rolls, tempura, salad, and more, sans convoluted ownership laws.
There's no need to read a menu at Bodeli Sushi, a Franklin restaurant featured on 10Best. Instead, just turn your eyes to the rotating belt that carries dishes of sushi, dumplings, and Asian appetizers around the sushi bar. Diners select whichever plates appeal to them, tallying the cost by noting each plate's color-coded ring. The eatery's chef will also soon be introducing Korean dishes to the menu.
Ensconced in wooden accents and dotted with Japanese artwork, Sakura Japanese Restaurantserves up handcrafted morsels in a cozily festive atmosphere. Diners can perch at sleek wooden tables or along the curved bar, stealing glimpses of chefs painstakingly rolling sushi or slicing meats and veggies with precision. A cascading stone garden brimming with verdant plants lounges in the corner, and a TV sits high in the ornate shelf behind the bar, entertaining guests with the delightful sight of colorful pixels arranging themselves in the exact pattern of tomorrow’s weather.
Sun Cafe’s chefs handpick produce from pesticide-free gardens, and they ship in fresh fish and meat daily for their vast menu of Thai, Japanese, and Asian delicacies. The chefs tuck seafood into more than 20 traditional sushi rolls and 17 house-specialty rolls at the sushi bar, creating such rolls as the Sunset Boulevard—steamed lobster, crab, shrimp, and avocado topped with mango and caviar. They realize that many people are not enthusiastic about eating raw fish, so they include many cooked sushi options on the menu too.
They also simmer Thai curries and udon noodle bowls and plate Chinese classics such as general tso’s chicken. In addition to the familiar Pan-Asian dishes, the menu introduces more obscure offerings such as crispy-duck noodle soup, steamed cod, and deep-fried air.