Trafficking in traditional Korean barbecue and sushi, the chefs at Apgujung engineer a poly-flavored menu populated with a flotilla of entertaining edibles. Apgujung kick-starts midday meals with teriyaki, tempura, or katsu bento boxes ($9.50) or ladles of spicy soondubu jjigae soup ($9.95), a soft tofu stew known for its mix of seafood and tendency to back down from fights. Sea fare sneaks its way into dinner with pancake appetizers adorned with seafood, scallions, or kimchi ($7.95–$9.95) or oysters masked by a deep-fried chrysalis of japanese breadcrumb batter. Chefs grill the shrimp-and-scallop teriyaki ($17.95) in a house glaze and marinate the thinly sliced pork bulgogi ($17.95) in a fiery chili sauce. The house special okdol bibimbap ($12.50–$16.50) lands on tables in a hot stone bowl to give its contents a toasty flavor and time to cook while the guest eats to save chefs time to work on their culinary mystery novels. Diners can meander through a daunting collection of sushi offerings, including thin seaweed rolls and inside-out rolls, or charter 30-piece sushi boats ($39.95+) for the night captained by stern, bearded bottles of soy sauce.
Though its menu is sprinkled with common dishes such as shrimp tempura and salmon teriyaki that you might find at any Japanese restaurant, Ponzu is anything but typical. Elements of Japanese, Malaysian, Indian, and even European cuisine flood each meal, from roti prata Indian bread topped with curried chicken and potato to more than 30 house special maki rolls and Portuguese-style fish baked in tinfoil. The chefs take a keen interest in their diners’ health as they prepare entrees in vegetable and soy bean oils, avoid adding MSG to dishes, and add weights to the end of chopsticks to boost patrons’ strength. As diners dig into the spread of Eurasian cuisine and clink glasses of sake—Ponzu offers a choice of more than a dozen types including hot and sparkling—they’re surrounded by pale yellow walls and the calming luminosity of pendant lights.
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.
Kamiza Sushi's chefs have dreamt up more than 50 creative maki rolls to fill an expansive menu of fresh seafood and hot Japanese cuisine. In the kitchen, nimble hands sprinkle multicolored roe atop a Color Mountain maki plump with shrimp tempura and king crab ($13.95), and bundle sweet potato and cream cheese to create a Fire maki that showcases spicy crab and roe baked with cheese ($9.25). Chopsticks forage for spicy lobster morsels in a salad decked with apple, avocado, and cucumber ($9.99) before wandering onto other tables to gather rolls for their growing stockpile. Dining partners can pick favorites from sashimi deluxe platters ($27.95), with one tasting slivers of king salmon, super white tuna, and whitefish as the other nibbles shrimp tempura or tuna maki and dunks donuts hidden inside coat pockets into bowls of miso soup. Lunch specials ($9.99–$13.99) pair soup and salad with hearty dishes, such as soba-noodle soup or teriyaki beef, to lure diners at midday.
The skilled chefs at Fuji Steak House work wonders with the element of fire. Unflinching before mighty plumes of flames, the artful culinarians sizzle sirloin steaks and plump, chewy octopus for their grill menu, and contrive intricate displays of sushi and sashimi.
Embracing Japan’s range of culinary traditions, the chefs at U-Sushi divide their time between plating fresh sushi and sautéing savory entrees on stovetops. Although the sushi selection features traditional maki with raw fish and fresh vegetables, chefs also create signature rolls containing such maritime delicacies as shrimp tempura, wasabi lobster, and Spanish doubloons. Additionally, the kitchen sears or fries pieces of tofu, chicken, and seafood, finishing them with a teriyaki glaze or a sweet chili sauce.
Patrons at Gari Japanese Fusion Restaurant snag sleek metallic seats in a modern, trendy space. Beneath the undulating canopy of a black-and-white sushi bar, chefs slice and chop fresh sushi and sashimi, including specialty rolls with names such as Black Pearl, Lady in Red, and Crazy Monkey. Cooked dishes such as stir-fried noodles, teriyaki, and tempura imbue meals with sweet and tangy flavors. Fusion fare such as tuna carpaccio rounds out meals with piquant spices and insightful commentary on international affairs.