At Lan Xang, dexterous chefs hatch multicultural menus, serving up signature Japanese dishes alongside Thai platters and sushi fusions. For lunch, a crying tiger salad topples pangs with hunks of grilled steak festooned in lime sauce ($9.95); deep-fried spring rolls pack savory veggies and provide safe landing zones for base-jumping molars ($4). Ambrosial entrees highlight the dinner menu in the form of the deep-fried tilapia fillet ($16) or sizzling teriyaki, which features your choice of meat lounging atop tender, stir-fried vegetables and ebbs of vibrant teriyaki sauce ($12–$16). Alternatively, a decorative sushi bar lures diners to its accented panels, where modern-fusion and traditional sushi selections await their enlistment. Wrapped tighter than a grizzly bear wearing designer jeans, firecracker rolls house shrimp tempura, salmon and avocado ($13), and nigiri rolls harbor unique tenants including sea urchin ($7) and quail eggs ($3).
Kitcho was one of the originals on the Japanese/sushi scene of Tallahassee opening it's doors in 1990. It is the only Japanese owned and operated restaurant in Tallahassee and expanded 5 years ago to include a full liquor bar and night spot called The Velvet Lounge.
The talented chefs at Circa Sushi & Thai whip up an impressive menu of freshly sliced fish and Southeast Asian cuisine. Diners choose from a tasty spread of specialty rolls and sushi, such as the spicy-eel-and-soy-paper Hot Mama roll ($13) or the classic salmon-and-cream cheese-filled Philadelphia roll ($6), as orders move across conveyor belts, freshly fashioned by sophisticated sushi slice-bots. Hot meals warm appetites with a savory selection of dishes such as the crispy chicken teriyaki ($9.95) or flavorful noodle plates, such as the stir-fried-veggie-and-rice-noodle goodness of pad kee mao ($9.95). The menu bridges Japanese and Thai cuisines with suspension cables of panang curry ($9.95) cooked with coconut milk, peppers, and lime leaves.
Some restaurants focus a lot on the food and not quite enough on the décor. Other restaurants put a lot of effort into the environment and their food barely hits ‘eh’ on the taste bud test. It’s rare to find one that balances beautiful surroundings and fantastic food so perfectly and at a price anyone can afford. That was Lucy Ho’s goal with her latest restaurant, Azu. Back in 2009 when Azu opened, Lucy even said that she wanted food to be affordable because she understood that the economy hit everyone hard. That same thought stayed with her and now, years later, Azu is still the perfect place for families to go and get a good meal at a price that won’t break the bank. And, diners definitely get a good meal at Azu. Customers can enjoy a delicious lobster roll or, for those that don’t care for sushi, there’s Stir Fried Yu Shang Triple—three kinds of meats (you can substitute), a spicy garlic sauce, and a combination of yummy vegetables! Whatever your tastes may be, Azu’s is sure to please with a great selection of delicious Asian cuisine and at a price you can afford!
Ah, Osaka! That’s what you will say as you recline and savor the delicious meal in front of you at Osaka Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Known as north Florida’s number one hibachi steakhouse, diners can enjoy watching the preparation and cooking of their meal right at their table. A full service bar is available as well as sashimi and sushi. If dining as a couple, try the Osaka Samurai Dinner for Two that features lobster and shrimp. Sushi lovers must try Osaka’s specialty rolls like the Sassy Su roll, the Jet Li roll and the Osaka Special. If you are celebrating a special occasion, be sure to let the staff know for a special surprise. Osaka is open for lunch every day of the week and dinner Sunday through Thursday. Reservations are encouraged.
Classic Japanese cooking and internationally-inspired fusion cuisine appear throughout the menus at both of Kiku's Tallahassee locations. To show their dedication to the restaurants' roots, the chefs cook familiar Japanese staples, such as pork gyoza and teriyaki-glazed chicken yakitori, and the sushi chefs assemble platters of traditional sashimi, nigiri, and rolls filled with everything from deep-fried octopus and chopped jalape?o to lobster tempura and avocado. However, the occasional bit of regional and international flair helps distinguish Kiku's selection of Japanese cuisine. Crispy squid legs arrive with Thai chili sauce for dipping and the sashimi pizza features seaweed salad, thin-sliced fish, and spicy mayo layered atop a sweet potato pie crust.