At Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse, chefs turn diners into audience members as they skillfully flip steaks and seafood on the hibachi grill and roll fresh maki at the sushi bar. Grillmeisters marinate meats and fish in a signature sauce before searing flavor into dishes such as steak with mushrooms and sesame seeds or teriyaki salmon with broccoli. A variety of combination specials mix chicken, shrimp, or scallops with sides of fried rice and sweet carrots. Sushi chefs craft nigiri with smoked salmon or specialty maki such as the 10-piece Tokyo roll, artfully lining a soybean wrap with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and creamy avocado. The intimate space boasts Asian-themed décor, including cheerful figurines and a wooden model ship that occasionally sets sail upon gusts from a large Japanese fan.
Near the shores of Lake Norman, Sushi @ the Lake's nimble chefs roll and grill Japanese food, from simple maki rolls to hibachi dinners. Behind a sushi bar outfitted with seats where diners observe the action, sushi chefs carefully assemble more than 35 maki rolls filled with fresh seafood such as snow crab, eel, and scallop. For guests who prefer their food awkwardly kissed by fire, hibachi masters sear jumbo shrimp, new york strip steak, and other proteins on a grill to serve alongside veggies and steamed rice. Sports fans and model scouts for Wheaties can watch athletic events on seven TVs while sipping beer, sake, or specialty martinis.
Coral Sushi expertly prepares fresh fish, sushi, homemade noodles, and traditional house specialties for lunch and dinner rushes. Sip on strawberry white tea ($4) and recharge on fresh salmon-cucumber rolls ($8.50), served with a soup or salad, before returning to your job as a professional people watcher. The tempura-sushi combo ($14.95) comes with your choice of a four-piece nigiri or a California roll. Other popular rolls include the cream-cheese-infused Philly roll ($5.50), the spider roll ($6.95), and the mythically delicious dragon roll ($7.95).
Roppongi Sushi & Bar takes its name from the Roppongi district of Tokyo, home to a sprawling nightlife and international culture. The sushi bar strives to bring this atmosphere to its restaurant, inviting patrons to sit, revel, and enjoy a menu of sushi and Japanese cuisine. House rolls include combinations such as spicy and crunchy salmon topped with king crab, alongside fresh sashimi, udon noodles, and teriyaki entrees.
At Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, even waiting for the food is fun. That’s because the talented hibachi and sushi chefs turn cooking into a performance. Agility, speed, and creativity come into play as they flip and catch eggs off the spatula and perfectly mix them into fried rice. At the sushi bar, hand rolls are a work of art before becoming dinner—and all are made with artful finesse.
The chefs use their two spatulas with breathtaking ease—their every move honed by countless hours spent over a flat-top grill. Chopped veggies and pieces of steak, chicken, and seafood brown over the sizzling grill as the chefs prepare meals to order. The bite-size morsels are doused in soy or teriyaki sauce and sent out into the dining room of Sake Express as curlicues of heat dance above the plates. Relaxing in bright-blue booths, guests can feast on chicken or steak while challenging their reflection to a staring contest in the eatery’s oversized mirrors, flanked by panels of red-and-black latticework on the walls.
Through the wide entrance of Onoki Sushi Bar, visitors are greeted into the dining room's bright colors and clean lines that allow the food to take the spotlight. Servers present menus that feature traditional rolls and specialty rolls such as the Dazed & Confused that's lined with shrimp tempura and topped with tuna, salmon, and a yellowtail bandana. During lunch, stop in for a nine-piece chef's choice sashimi lunch or another special combination and refresh with a glass of the house beer.