At Ginza Japanese Restaurant, fine dining is as much about the presentation as the taste. Hibachi chefs take to the dining room to cook up flavorful meals of filet mignon, teriyaki chicken, and fresh seafood right before diners' eyes, and then amp up the wow factor by constructing fiery volcanoes out of onion rings and making normally land-bound shrimp fly. The restaurant's sushi chefs are equally fastidious about presentation. Their selection of rainbow-hued makis include the fantastic roll, which features spicy tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, along with marble seaweed and tempura flakes.
The sounds of sputtering grill tops, clattering utensils, and lively conversation fill the dining room at Honey Pig Restaurant, earning it praise from the Washington Post in 2010 as "one of the most entertaining barbecues around." The menu brims with both familiar and adventurous meats, including pork belly, beef ribs, and pork neck. Diners soak in Korean culture via both the food and K-pop, selecting a protein-rich spread and watching as the servers sear their orders on solar-heated tableside grills.
Chiyo Sushi's talented chefs prepare more than 100 familiar Japanese eats such as teriyaki and salmon nigiri as well as dishes that make use of more inventive ingredients such as monkfish liver, sea urchin, and live scallops. The bill of fare contains multitudes, from delicate sashimi to crispy tempura to savory udon soup. Diners populate tables at lunch and dinner, sandwiched between prints of kimono-clad nobles that adorn the walls and broad, tree-framed windows that allow fresh air in and soy sauce-dwelling demons out.
Shiso Tavern takes the concept of Asian fusion beyond the table to behind the bar. There, signature cocktails have half-familiar names: the green tea palmer, for example, which mixes green tea-infused vodka with lemonade and honey. There are lychee martinis, bottled beers, and sake samplers, all influenced by, if not imported from the east.
These libations pair well with a menu of sushi and wok-fired dishes. There are enough staples here to delight fans of classic Thai, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine, but the chefs shine when permitted to invent. The Baltimore Sun praises their soft-shell crab roll, calling it a visual "stunner" with an "exciting" medley of textures, from the tender crab to the crisp veggies and tempura. Specialty dishes range from hamachi crudo, slices of yellow tail over basil-pesto oil, topped with onion jalapeno salsa, himalayan sea salt and lemon juice, to the sushi nacho, a wonton wrapper layered with sliced tuna tataki, spicy salmon, and avocado. You can also trust the chef's judgment by ordering a plate of sashimi or nigiri, cuts of fish picked based on their freshness.
For fresh maki, Baltimore's Niwana Restaurant has got you covered. Watching your waistline? Niwana Restaurant has a number of lighter and low-fat menu options. Families will feel right at home at Niwana Restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Wifi here is on the house. Dine out in the open during Niwana Restaurant's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Throwing a big party? Count on Niwana Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Street parking is readily available near Niwana Restaurant's N Charles St location.
A visit to Niwana Restaurant will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Stop by for three square meals a day — Niwana Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For fresh maki, Baltimore's Matsuri has got you covered. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Matsuri offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Matsuri, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Ideal for large groups, Matsuri will make sure your party feels anything but cramped.
Matsuri offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Matsuri.
Your tab at Matsuri will usually run to about $30 per guest.