A piece of food soars through the air, landing squarely in the open mouth of a patron. The other 19 guests at the table cheer. Then an egg pops up high above their heads. During its descent, a man standing before the seated crowd pulls open his breast pocket, and the egg lands snugly inside. Without pause, the chef continues chopping, flipping, and grilling in swashbuckling style.
This show repeats at Yokohama Japanese Steakhouse’s five large hibachi tables—each crowned with an enormous grill—every day of the week. The restaurant also serves up less theatrical but no less authentic teriyaki, tempura, udon, and wok-stirred fare, as well as traditional and contemporary sushi rolls. In the dining room, the gurgling of water in an indoor pond mingles with the murmur of Sirius satellite radio and the purring of stomachs curled up for postprandial naps.
The small College Hill takeout restaurant is an offshoot of Haruki East, a popular Japanese eatery in Providence. Haruki Express, a 2008 Best of Rhode Island Editors' Pick in Rhode Island Monthly, serves fresh made-to-order meals that are an alternative to the fast food of yesteryear. Scanning the extensive menu, maki lovers can choose the fresh spicy tekka ($5.50) or the cooked salmon skin ($3.95), and meat-eating tax attorneys can try out the beef gyu don ($5.95), thinly sliced beef and onion sautéed with soy sauce and served over rice. This deal is not good for delivery, but it can be used to taunt illusionist David Blaine with delicious sushi via remote-controlled helicopter as he dangles hungrily in a Plexiglas cube.
Ten Prime Steak & Sushi's executive chef, Lou Cruz, char grills a carnivorous array of hand-cut Prime and Certified Angus steaks. Each one has been aged for a minimum of 28 days and is accompanied by a complex sauce?always made in-house, sometimes via a two-day process. His juicy and flavorful steaks earned the restaurant The Providence Phoenix's best steakhouse award in 2011 and 2012.
Chef Cruz also whips up other specialties with equal care, including house-made meatloaf, swordfish, and velvety day boat scallops. On the lighter side, a full sushi bar serves up colorful nigiri and maki, including one made with Maine lobster, beef carpaccio, and truffle-chili oil. Diners can wash it all down with their choice of specialty cocktails and 14 wines by the glass.
There’s always something nice about a cozy sushi place. Of course with Sushi Express you have to come when it isn’t crowded but hey, a crowd means great food! Sushi Express has got some great sushi selections like salmon, tuna, and even a Philly roll! Like most sushi places, Sushi Express has spicy rolls too if you need a little spice in your life. And, if Sushi doesn’t work for you, they’ve got a great bubble tea! Sushi Express doesn’t have many of the other popular Asian dishes that some other restaurants have, but that leaves more time to focus on the good stuff: sushi rolls! And, with a convenient location, it’s easy to walk to Sushi Express after doing some shopping or between classes. And, with affordable food, it won’t break the bank! So, give Sushi Express a try.
Providence, Rhode Island is one of the oldest cities in the United States but that doesn’t mean it’s somehow behind the times. Providence is home to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, an extensive library system including the fourth oldest library in the country, a thriving downtown, and Sura Restaurant – the best Korean & Japanese cuisine in town. Sura offers a wide array of Japanese and Korean dishes from the exotic – eel teriyaki – to the more familiar – garlic chicken – and everything in between. All it takes is a cursory glance at their website and you’ll be planning your next trip to Sura Restaurant - the home of Korean & Japanese cuisine in Providence.
Affordable Japanese food never tasted so good. Start with a bowl of fresh miso soup before moving on to the main course. Take the checklist from your server, and prepare to go on a sushi adventure. Be sure to try a couple of the chef’s special rolls, which include the Sushi Bullets Roll (avocado, cream cheese and asparagus topped with spicy tuna) and the I Love You Roll (spicy tuna, avocado, mango and cucumber topped with spicy lobster). Looking for a drink menu? This place is BYOB, so grab a bottle of sake or a few Japanese brews on your way. Grab a seat on the floor (optional), get comfortable and enjoy the fresh sushi and good times with friends and family.