At OctoBachi, chefs dynamically chop, slice, sizzle, and roll a menu of hibachi-grilled meats, sushi rolls, and nigiri right before diners' eyes. The exotic dishes are artfully plated using locally sourced ingredients, including chicken, veggies, and certified Angus beef. Lorded over by a colorful illustration of the restaurant's mascot—a determined-looking, neon-green octopus wielding a cleaver—the bar area's lively atmosphere welcomes guests to join OctoBachi's beer club, in addition to participating in beer-brewing, sake-tasting, and sushi-making classes. The staff is committed to recycling as much as they can, further illustrated by the fact that the bar itself is made from recycled stair planks and the stools are rehabilitated milk crates, rescued from a life of crime in landfills.
Drawing inspiration from half a world away, Bambu's chefs embrace the vibrant flavors and sharp presentation of traditional Japanese cuisine. The menu features a broad selection of nigiri and sashimi, as well as more than 40 different maki, including signature rolls made with everything from lobster tempura and sriracha to spicy tuna and seared scallops. Although the chefs also try their hand at Thai cuisine by making pad thai and coconut-tinged red curries, the majority of the menu remains true to its Japanese roots. Beef teriyaki, edamame with sea salt, and tempura-fried green beans all appear prominently on the pages.
Inside the dining room, Bambu's aesthetic reinforces its ties to Pacific culture. Lanterns dangle from the ceiling, mimicking the appearance of jellyfish, although a mural of a blossoming tree is also present along one wall. Beyond the main dining room, Bambu also features an outdoor seating section complete with water features and potted plants that give one the feeling of being in a faraway country or a millionaire's yard.
The chefs at Fancy Q Sushi Bar & Grill routinely have their hands full, whether they are juggling spatulas above sizzling hibachi grills or rolling up ocean-fresh fish in mats of seaweed at the sushi bar. At midday and into the afternoon, the restaurant’s lunch specials pair spicy salmon and california rolls—just two of the restaurant’s more than 85 types of sushi and sashimi—with salads or soups. Hibachi grills come alive as the sun sets, cooking entrees of steak and shrimp to pair with frosty mugs of imported Tsingtao beer. Wooden tabletops and brick walls reflect an appreciation for Japanese minimalism and modesty at odds with the chefs’ entertaining antics as they toss rice bowls high into the air and walk on shaky chopstick stilts.
The culinary team at Tsunami fixes up a veritable feast for the eyes with artfully plated Japanese delicacies festooned with sprigs of herbs, splashes of sauce, and colorful garnishes. Flames rage as hibachi chefs blast rib-eye steaks, scallops, and vegetables on their sizzling grills, and the restaurant’s sushi-rolling savants coil specialty rolls such as the Emperor, which surprises tasters with hidden stashes of fried soft-shell crab, cucumber, eel, shrimp, and avocado. At Tsunami's four locations, diners polish off plates in a sleek, modern dining room with candles in faceted glass votives, a bar backlit with lights that slowly change colors, and waiters who can speak fluent binary code.
SakiTumi's menu of sushi and international grilled grub is crafted from fresh, high-quality ingredients. The culinary curtain rises for opening acts of edamame ($4), which recite moving soliloquies of soybeans and pink Hawaiian sea salt. The Cali roll ($5) serves up an exciting head-on collision between Osaki crab, avocado, and cucumber, while the rainbow roll ($15) presents a palatable spectrum of crab, salmon, and tuna that leads to golden gems of eel. The Fire Island roll on soy paper ($14) is a SakiTumi specialty, featuring tempura shrimp and avocado, topped with diced tuna pieces that are mixed with a sassy sriracha sauce. A variety of grilled goodies are sensitive to recovering fish fiends, who can sink their mouth bones into the meaty Kobe burger ($12) or brawl with the Sapporo steak ($18), which comes armed with asparagus spears and a mashed potato posse.
Katsu's chefs dazzle diners with artfully plated sushi rolls and theatrical hibachi dinners, which include flaming onion towers and food-juggling acts. These hibachi dinners tempt taste buds with morsels of new york strip steak, shrimp, grouper, veggies, and teriyaki chicken. All meals can be paired with martinis, bourbon specials, and other libations from Katsu's full-service bar.