Presiding over table-side hibachi grills, the chefs at Kobe
Restaurant flip eggs into the air and catch them on the edge of their spatulas. Dramatic culinary displays are performed throughout the restaurant: at the sushi bar, diners watch as cuts of fresh seafood are rolled and arranged into sushi and sashimi. Out of sight, the kitchen staff artistically plates each dish atop bowls and platters nearly as beautiful as the fish and steak they support.
Bartenders shake and stir cocktails that draw their power from fresh juices, or pour Japanese beer, wines, and sake. Even in its quietest moments, Kobe dazzles diners with its booths upholstered with genuine Godzilla leather and whimsical glass lamps, delicate upside-down umbrellas, and giant paper koi that all dangle from the ceiling.
Described by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's editors as "as close to an authentic Japanese sushi bar as we come in the Twin Cities," Fuji Ya is a destination for sushi and sake served in a "hypnotic atmosphere." At each of its two locations, chefs diligently slice freshly flown-in yellowtail and surf clam, all of which populate the extensive menu. Sidle up to the sushi bar to watch the assemblage of maki rolls and sushi platters, or gather in private zashiki rooms to dine on hot entrees of sesame-crusted tuna and roasted duck with citrus soy glaze.
Japanese hibachi-style cooking, or teppanyaki, is a culinary experience wherein chefs cook on gas-heated hotplates in front of diners. After it migrated to a bigger spot in Calhoun Square, Sushi Tango added a set of specialty hibachi tables for close-up savory showmanship. Prep your palate with edamame ($4.95) or pork gyoza (dumplings, $5) before diving into the briny depths of seafood hibachi dinners such as shrimp ($22), calamari ($18), or salmon steak teriyaki ($22). As Sushi Tango's friendly chefs chop and stir together a hibachi full of meat such as your choice of white or dark chicken ($17) or filet mignon ($24), they'll keep things interesting with jokes, culinary sleight of hand, and lightning-quick knife-fu. All Sushi Tango's hibachi dinners are served with green tea, soup, salad, shrimp appetizers, vegetables, and fried or steamed rice. Special combinations such as musta sefu (steak and shrimp, $28) and surf and turf (filet mignon and lobster tail, $36) are also available on the hibachi menu.
Haiku Japanese Bistro combines the rich flavors of sushi with show-stopping entertainment. The chefs invite diners to a visual feast as they plate their intricate and elegant rolls. Even the sashimi plates come in an artfully displayed, edible medley of colors that pair rich, red slices of tuna with bright yellow lemon wedges. The sushi artisans also prepare specialty creations, such as the American Dream roll?spicy snow crab topped with slices of yellowtail and mini mountains of tobiko and cilantro?and the Double Happiness roll, which merits no menu description beyond
a smiley face.
Tin Tin Box and Noodles serves Asian food, and the Hibachi chicken they serve wows customers on a consistent basis. The menu provides many choices in many different categories, including: appetizers (such as sushi nachos), Tin Tins traditional rolls, Nigiri, Sashimi, noodle soups (including pho noodle soup), rice boxes (including hibachi steak), gyoza and noodles, fresh rolls (including tofu), “some different stuff” (including beef yaki), hand rolls (with 16 choices including rainbow dragon), and yummy sides (including ginger salad). The amazing food is also inexpensive and served speedily.
Ingredients from all over Asia come together at Asian Gourmet, an Asian-fusion spot in the middle of Minneapolis' Downtown West.
The healthy menu items at Asian Gourmet will leave you with a full stomach.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Asian Gourmet — it's strictly casual.
Asian Gourmet prides itself in its delicious catering.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Asian Gourmet offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.