Echoed by the Japanese lucky-cat statues and Chinese mountain wall art, Kashin Garden's pan-Asian specialties range from pad thai and tempura to fresh sushi. Chefs wok-toss morsels of meats, tofu, or shrimp and whip up specialties including rich duck and trios of chicken, shrimp, and beef, or scallop, shrimp, and calamari in crispy golden veggie nests. The sushi chefs craft rolls that encapsulate fresh yellowtail or spicy tuna more snuggly than the cold-blooded embrace of their mothers when they were wee roes. Characterized by soft lighting glowing from golden lamps and splashes of mosaic tiles, the lounge bar beckons patrons to kick back with a cocktail.
At Thyme Japanese Cuisine, cooking dinner is as much about performance as it is about preparation. Pull up a chair around a traditional hibachi grill, where chefs in bright red hats sear fragrant grilled meats and seafood over an open flame. The end result is an array of succulent entrees, from chicken and calamari to filet mignon paired with lobster tail.
There are also several other Asian-inspired entrees you can order from the kitchen: tofu teriyaki, shrimp tempura, and vegetable pad Thai, to name a few. At the on-site sushi bar, you can watch as chefs specialty rolls such as the Red Sox roll, king crab mingled with asparagus, mango, and avocado wrapped in delicate soy paper. Fried cheesecake and green tea ice cream round out the dessert selection.
The atmosphere is a little more low-key in the bar area, where guests can sidle up amid colorful, changing lights to sip cocktails. The private VIP party room is the ideal place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or the discovery of the VIP party room
At Ruyi Restaurant, towering orange flames flare up from each hibachi grill, where masters showcase culinary prowess for hungry audiences while searing up a menu of scallops, filet mignon, and lobster. At a bright blue sushi bar, knives slice through fresh seafood, preparing chef specialties such as the Lemon Tree maki, where avocado cuddles up with siso leaf and cucumber, waiting for a goodnight kiss beneath a blanket of tuna, salmon, and lemon. Classic Chinese dishes round out the pan-Asian menu, topping white tablecloths with marinated mongolian steak and spicy szechuan lamb. Behind the bar, underlighting sets bottled spirits aglow before they accompany bites and fuel wagers over how many sushi rolls a date can hold in his or her mouth.
At Feng Japanese Fusion Cuisine, the chef gussies up traditional rolls, such as the Hudson, a shrimp tempura roll topped with scallions and served with berry-flavored caviar. Beyond sushi, Feng focuses on traditional Japanese cooking styles, from tempura veggies to katsu pork.
At Oishii Too Sushi Bar, chef Kung San fuses his knowledge of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, south Asian, and French techniques with fresh, local ingredients to create dishes that are as tasty as they are beautiful. The well-traveled chef handpicks produce from local farmer's markets and fish that's fresh out of Boston Harbor, crafting sushi with yellowtail, salmon, and soft-shell crab. But he also garners inspiration from his own customers, using their ideas to design an innovative menu page devoted to patron-generated rolls such as scallop sushi topped with tobiko, Japanese mayo, and lemon.
The upscale, artistic maki is complemented by an array of sake and wine and an elegant ambience. Soft lighting at the green, lit-from-beneath sushi bar illuminates a few potted flowers, who crane their necks to jealously admire the natural beauty of the chef's creations.
Sushi Box's menus draw from the culinary traditions of Japan, Thailand, and Korea, filling white-swathed tables with pan-regional dishes. Chefs glaze entrees of beef ribs, stir-fried kimchi, and thinly sliced pork with incendiary sauces, earning praise from the Boston Phoenix in 2009 for their ability to "showcase the joys of Korean cuisine." They also simmer vegetables in thai curry sauces and fill their specialty maki with premium sushi ingredients, including sweet-potato tempura and nori harvested by mermaids.