A bandana-clad chef draws his gleaming cleavers with practiced speed and agility, spinning them through the flames at his hibachi station as he prepares filet mignon and swordfish. Between jokes, tricks, and attempts to lasso stray vegetables, the cowboy chefs at Sakura Garden Japanese Steak House prepare savory meals right before the eyes of patrons sipping specialty cocktails from a full bar. Away from the heat, chefs fill a glass-cased sushi bar with sashimi and specialty fusion rolls packed with both traditional and inventive ingredients, such as coconut flakes, lightly fried lobster, and crumpled patents. Sleek stone walls, white tablecloths, and red pendant lamps create a modern backdrop, and an indoor rock fountain guarded by a cherry-blossom tree adds a touch of the traditional.:m]]
You won't find any inspirational posters reminding chefs to "keep it simple" at Sushi Mizu. In fact, the chefs embrace complexity when crafting their signature sushi rolls. To create their popular marble roll, for instance, they intermingle white tuna with spicy tempura flakes before topping it with fruity mango and red tobiko for a layered taste experience. They also incorporate equally diverse ingredients into their other rolls, from sweet chili sauce to creamy egg custard. Though the unique rolls constitute the bedrock of Sushi Mizu's menu, they aren't the only Japanese cuisine the cooks have mastered. The chefs also coat coat red snapper in teriyaki glazes, encase veggies in tempura batter, and smother deep-fried pork in katsu tonkatsu sauce. During lunch, the culinary team even sears hibachi specialties, including scallops and steak.
The menus at Sakimura's two locations change regularly in order to incorporate the freshest seasonal ingredients and the chefs’ newest culinary muses. The Simsbury location is known to intermingle traditional Japanese flavors with contemporary flourishes, with specials taking forms such as foie gras with sweet miso sauce. Both locales’ sushi chefs also invent their own creative rolls, such as a deep-fried Godzilla roll and an Out of Control roll filled with shrimp tempura and topped with seared pepper tuna.
Diners seeking a hot dinner can gather around hibachi grills and watch as chefs sear their choice of shrimp, chicken, scallops, filet mignon, or any number of other gourmet ingredients. The hibachi rooms' smokeless grills and modern yet warm decor combine to create a pleasant dining experience.
The New York Times praised Tengda's Milford location—one of eight in a small regional chain—as "perfect for young-at-heart couples and groups," with a high-energy atmosphere bubbling around cuisine it called "very good." The chefs draw gustatory inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand as they create their expansive menus of Pan-Asian fare, which include fiery stir-fries, grilled meats, and sushi and provide reading material for shy diners throughout a full meal. Moody red and yellow lights dapple sleek black tables and booths, and might occasionally catch knife-flipping and drink-slinging theatrics behind the sushi and cocktail bars.
At Mikado, it doesn't matter if you know exactly what kind of sushi or sashimi you'd like. The Asian bistro's menu features more than 80 specialty dishes along with a unique create-your-own option. Just tell your server or one of the expert sushi chefs what you'd like, and they'll do everything they can to craft a satisfying—and likely quite stylish—dish. Mikado can accommodate such diverse tastes thanks to its broad focus; along with traditional Japanese cuisine, the restaurant specializes in Thai food and other flavors from across Asia. The dining room is as welcoming as the menu, with comfortable lounge seating where guests can relax and take their time figuring out what these "chopsticks" are all about.
The chefs at O'Hana Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar expertly roll dozens of sushi specialties and sizzle meat-centric Japanese entrees atop a hibachi grill. Snag a seat at the bar to watch chefs chop, slice, and wrap the popular Snow Crab Heaven roll, a blend of cream cheese, snow crab, and avocado topped with spicy mayo ($11.95), and other specialty rolls on the menu. Bite into the Hottie Susan’s molten core of spicy tuna, cucumber, and salmon ($12.95), or let daring chopsticks challenge the Dragon ($9.95), a California roll packed with eel and a deep-seated grudge against questing knights. Alternately, chefs can flip fiery portions of steak, chicken, shrimp, or scallops on a traditional Japanese grill to yield four types of hibachi dinners ($12.99–$17.99 each) flanked by onion soup, a house salad, grilled vegetables, and rice. Kid-friendly options, including pint-sized portions of teriyaki chicken ($8.99) and steak ($9.99), keep young mouths busy so they don’t shout out parents’ computer passwords in the middle of dinner.