The sound of fire. The igniting exhalation before the steady breath of the flame sustains. The heat pulsing steadily outward from the steel grill—you feel it on your glowing face. But the chef looks cool. He’s a master, after all; a flat, metal spatula in one hand and an enormous, sharp knife in the other. Kani House’s teppanyaki tables are no strangers to the action of hibachi, where these chefs entertain their guests before plating seared steak and scallops alongside fresh, sautéed vegetables. The steady sushi masters may not share their compatriots’ outward exuberance, but their work is just as delicious. From behind their long bar, they assemble maki cylinders with tender cuts of fatty tuna and bright salmon, artfully arranging cuts of more than 50 specialty rolls in the shape of gentle caterpillars or fearsome members of the Japanese Diet. Bright bamboo panels and natural stone add to the vibrant ambiance, surrounding diners with dark-wood and nuanced accents that keep the focus on the beauty of excellent cuisine.
Fresh fare can be found at Goldfish, where visitors seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu. Dieters beware — Goldfish does not offer low-fat cuisine. Be sure to complete your meal at Goldfish with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Families will feel right at home at Goldfish with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Goldfish — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate. On warmer days, take advantage of Goldfish's outdoor seating.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Goldfish offers catering. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Goldfish's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
The restaurant offers convenient parking in the connecting lot, and (optional) valet is also provided.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30. Goldfish accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Chin Chin-Mu Lan tempers the raw rage of growling stomachs with a menu of specialty sushi rolls and saucy Chinese plates. Traditional dishes such as general tso's chicken provide the comforting familiarity of a heated blanket embroidered with your family portrait ($6.75 lunch, $11.00 dinner). Mu Lan specialties include the Happy Family—a crowd-pleasing compilation of meat and seafood sautéed with mixed vegetables ($6.75 lunch, $14.45 dinner). Sushi rolls such as the Chin Chin crunch roll wrap up an assortment of seafood with land-based treats including asparagus and chili mayonnaise ($10). Chefs happily customize the hotness level of any spicy dish to each customer's unique tongue print.
Try a little of everything at Blue Grotto, where small plates rule the day. Blue Grotto is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Blue Grotto has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Blue Grotto, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at Blue Grotto, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Blue Grotto's al fresco patio seating. Stay connected at no cost thanks to Blue Grotto's wifi.
Blue Grotto tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Blue Grotto to your next party or event. You can also grab your food to go.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Menu items at Blue Grotto tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here. All major credit cards are accepted.
If tuna and yellowtail are part of your plans for the evening, check out Genji Sushi Express. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Genji Sushi Express — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
Prices at Genji Sushi Express are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Genji Sushi Express since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Traditional American cuisine combines with an avant garde attitude at Midtown's Shout. Shout is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Shout also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Bring your whole brood to Shout, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Shout is great for big groups, and diners favor its private room for important events. Shout offers patio seating in the warmer months. In the mood for dancing? Jive to a live DJ, and show off your moves on the restaurant floor.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. Getting your food to go is also an option.
Shout patrons have access to both a nearby garage and parking lot, so finding a space is ever so simple. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include Arts Center (Gold, Red) and Midtown (Gold, Red).
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Shout's moderately priced fare. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.