The chef twirls and spins his carving fork and spatula in a percussive rhythm atop the grill. He continues the show, slicing and seasoning meats and vegetables as part of a choreographed spectacle for guests lined around the perimeter of a hibachi grill. In addition to freshly seared dishes, the chefs also man a sushi bar, where they work with ingredients such as fresh salmon and deep-fried sweet potato. They prepare plenty of vegetarian items as well as a selection of Chinese dishes. Every dish is available for delivery within a 5-mile radius, which Kyoto's staff demarcates by drawing a large chalk circle around the restaurant.
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 The Ginger Pad, a casual atmosphere blends with the rich aromas of garlic, thai basil, and chili sauce hanging in the air to help guests forget the world outside. Like a suspension bridge made out of udon noodles, the menu connects distant lands through food, laying out delicious examples of Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. Spring rolls or edamame preempt dives into salty-sweet pad thai or korean beef barbecue. Chopsticks can also lift spicy sichuan shrimp to mouths or gently cradle sushi rolls that combine colorful mango and avocado with fresh tobiko, tuna, salmon, and scallops.
Crimson and jade hues welcome visitors to Jade’s Restaurant, where tall palms stretch up from pots and servers bring plates of steamy Chinese food to booths and tables. Etched glass screens, depicting pandas, tigers, and flowers, separate sections of the restaurant. Within those areas, the staff serves ginger beef, orange shrimp, or salt and pepper calamari. Classic favorites such as spicy Hunan pork and sesame chicken intermingle with creative preparations like pineapple-flecked Hawaiian chicken with crispy Chinese greens and fried scallops stir-fried with hot peppers. On certain nights, Jade serenades patrons with the sounds of live music, karaoke, or wok vegetables sizzling to the tune of any requested top 40 hit.
The inventive chefs at Fresh Taste of Asia pepper the restaurant's Asian fusion fare with Sichuan and Japanese influences. The menu borrows flavors from pan-Asian locales to construct sumptuous region-specific specialties such as hunan spicy Chilean sea bass ($18.95), singapore rice noodles ($9.25), and pad thai ($8.75). A variety of classic sushi rolls encompasses morsels of spicy tuna ($6.50) and shrimp tempura ($8.95) alongside a classic california roll ($6.25) that comingles crabmeat, avocado, and cucumber borne to the table on Santa Ana winds. The Godzilla roll's crisp-fried yellowtail, crabmeat, and avocado ($10.75) combine forces to conquer the culinary skyline, and the Goldfish maki ($10.95) intersperses its tempura-crumb cortex with flavors of eel, shrimp, salmon, and avocado.
Cuisine Type: Authentic Chinese and Japanese
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
When Wei Wong and Jong Wong founded Shanghai Osaka, they knew they didn't want to open your average Asian-American eatery. So they came up with a twofold approach: First, to create a menu that celebrates classic dishes at their most authentic, the same way one might find them in the Far East. And second, to fuse Chinese and Japanese cuisines—an effort that gave the restaurant its name. They also strive to live up to a high standard of quality. Sushi-grade fish arrives several times per week to ensure its freshness, and the kitchen staff adds no additional MSG to their ingredients while making dishes to order.
And while diners dig in to one of a vast variety of maki rolls or delicacies such as sliced beef, ox tongue, and tripe in a Szechuan-style sauce, they can take in one of the many events held at Shanghai Osaka. DJs stop by on Fridays and Saturdays to spin tunes as guests fuel their dance moves with specialty cocktails that highlight seasonal ingredients.