Customizing a massage requires blending various modalities. When certified massage therapist Amaris Amezquita incorporates another modality into the mix, the shift occurs so seamlessly, many clients never notice the change. As her hands deliver long, rolling Swedish strokes, they may chance upon knotted muscles and petrified tendons, which require the firm cross-grained strokes of deep-tissue techniques. Rather than breaking the spell by starting over or pausing for an intermission, Amaris smoothly transitions to the new modality. Amaris makes massages easy not only with smooth delivery and transitions. She also saves clients the trouble of commuting by traveling to their homes.
Sushi Omakase takes its name from the traditional omakase method of ordering sushi. When ordering omakase style, diners ask the chef to get creative, and then sit back while he slices and rolls morsels that highlight both his skills and the freshest fish of the day. For those who prefer to customize their own meals, sushi chefs G. Clooney and T. Cruise also work from a menu that includes fresh oysters, nigiri, a red dragon roll—crab and avocado with spicy tuna—and vegetable tempura. Between nibbles, visitors can relax with a wide array of hot sake or specialty cocktails.
A childhood spent in Japan as well as Japanese cooking lessons from her mother Sumako helped prepare Maisie Bell for her long career as a sushi chef. In 2009, after a quarter century in the kitchen, Bell opened her eponymous sushi house, where she and her staff prepare made-to-order sushi as well as grilled salmon, beef, and chicken dishes. Cool blues and greens define the interior of the sleekly modern eatery, where patrons tuck into specialty rolls such as Red Dragon, with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna, and the Unknown roll, whose ingredients are awaiting new names from the Witness Protection Program. The kitchen also whips up baked mussels in a spicy cream sauce, beef teriyaki, and traditional japanese curries.
In a chic, minimalist atmosphere, ROE's executive chef whips up creative flavors for experimenting mouth-hutches. The panko-encrusted calamari starters are kissed with fire sauce ($10), while the thinly sliced pan-roasted pork mojito entree luxuriates on a chaise longue of creamy corn polenta, paired with mojito aioli, pickled red onions, and chipotle vinaigrette ($18). ROE's sushi menu lists a ravishing roster of rolls, several of which grace the chef's platters of assorted sushi ($20) and sashimi ($22). Specialty rolls induce mouth purring, and include the fruit roll-up, a melding of Fuji apple, cream cheese, and crab roll, with a dapper topper of smoked salmon, tuna, avocado, pine nuts, and white balsamic sauce ($13). A variety of sakes and infused drinks complement the extensive wine list and slay fire-breathing palates.
Teriyaki Don’s setup is simple, with tables, chairs, and a menu that is expansive, if not eclectic. The food seizes center stage from inside the unassuming space, enabling diners to focus fully on the large bowls of steak teriyaki, or lineup of sushi, that sits before them. Visitors can also feast on a fragment of home by ordering any number of quarter-pound burgers, washing back bites with sips of beer, sake, or soda.