Sleek light fixtures dangle from Kohana Japanese Restaurant's ceiling and subtly illuminate a tidily minimal fleet of indigo and white chairs, booths abutting wavy-lined wall paneling, and plates featuring eats carefully crafted and presented by the chefs. Sharply dressed in the only two colors that can be worn together, black and white, servers march out with precisely sliced sections of signature dishes such as the Phoenix specialty roll, which combines spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado with a multifaceted dressing. Non-sushi selections, such as crunchy shrimp tempura and baked salmon with eel sauce, also pair well with Kohana's selection of wine, beer, and sake.
Ru San’s chefs blend the subtle flavors of timeless Japanese cooking with the artistry of contemporary cuisine, creating edible masterpieces of fresh sushi, umami noodle dishes, and tender-seafood steaks. Diners sample delicate morsels of roe or smoked-shrimp nigiri, or dive into plates of specialty sushi maki, artfully plated to create likenesses of cucumber flower stalks and red-tuna valentine hearts. Far from a mere sushi bar, Ru San employs chefs that can bring to life a wealth of savory ramen and soba soups, crispy, dippable tempuras, and elegant seafood dishes—such as the sweet mocha cake scallops, or soy-butter grilled sea bass.
Tokyo Japanese Steak House is a feast for the eyes, nose, and ears as well as the mouth. In addition to "laser lights in the lobby" and "sushi in martini glasses," as noted by Nashville Scene, hibachi chefs stand by your table and make theater out of food preparation, tossing around teriyaki meats and tofu dishes and making puppet shows with chopsticks.
There’s also a wide selection of sushi here. Try the signature Tennessee roll, which incorporates spicy tuna topped with fish, eel sauce, and tempura flakes. Also worth a try: the barbecue eel over sushi rice.
Taking its name from one of Japan's most enduring cultural symbols, Mt. Fuji, Fujiyama treats guests to a smorgasbord of Japanese fare, from morsels of sashimi and handrolled maki, to sizzling hibachi steaks and savory noodle dishes. Guests can slurp udon soups with fish cake and veggie tempura or dine on hearty plates of hibachi surf-and-turf or breaded pork katsu. Fans of traditional sushi can pick up flying fish roe or tuna nigiri, while more adventurous tasters can tackle the Nashville roll, a maki stuffed with salmon and masago before being deep fried and shaped to resemble Andrew Jackson's coiffure.
Aside from being the greatest piano ballad ever written, chopsticks are the favored instruments of the world’s most skillful eaters. Practice your forkless feasting with today’s deal: $15 for $35 worth of Japanese cuisine and drinks at Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen (not valid during happy hour). Located just one crouching tiger leap from Vanderbilt University, this recently opened Hillsboro Village bungalow features freshly prepared sushi and other Asian-inspired cuisine in a casual environment.Step 1: Smile and nod. If your companion asks why you appear to be crying, point at a sad picture hanging on the wall, or if a sad picture is not available due to your being in a restaurant, simply draw a raccoon caught in a bear trap and then point at your own mind to indicate that you are distraught by this notion.
Basil Asian Bistro is a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant placing emphasis on freshness and food quality. The sushi menu, created by the classically trained Nobuo Kobayashi, would best be described as elegant, yet modern Japanese cuisine. Come visit one of Franklin's local independent establishments, and escape the norm.