A fishpond murmurs beside the entrance to Plum Tree Japanese Restaurant, where owner and head chef Hiroyuki "James" Nagata oversees his lunch and dinner recipes. Nagata, whose decades of culinary experience include a stint at one of the world's largest fish markets, rolls and slices sushi. His sushi creations include minced scallop sashimi and the Plum Tree Roll, whose medley of tuna and eel is crowned with a rainbow of roe. The recently renovated restaurant—in business for 20 years—sets an elegant scene, with walnut and cherry-wood floors, hand-painted wallpaper, and doorways arched like Shinto shrines. Outside, the patio’s waterfall emanates the pleasant sound of splashes, like a walrus playing in a flooded basement.
Chefs at Fuji of Japan fill sashimi platters, maki rolls, and hibachi seafood entrees with fish sourced from local Japanese importers or the Harbor Fish Market. The sushi bar turns these fresh ingredients—many delivered just hours before opening—into signature maki such as the cris roll, which is stuffed and topped with tuna. Hibachi chefs also flash-cook fish alongside duck, filet mignon, and other meaty entrees atop an expansive flat grill. Prepared in front of patrons’ eyes, these dinners include a cornucopia of courses—from onion soup to a shrimp appetizer—that distract stomachs while the knife-wielding chef trims onlookers' beards without them noticing.
The chefs at Kujaku Japanese Restaurant flip filet mignon and scallops on a hibachi grill, deep-fry tempura-battered shrimp, and craft specialty sushi rolls with ingredients such as lump crabmeat, mango, and avocado. Diners can wash down bites with Japanese sodas, beer, or wine, or order a cocktail from the fully stocked bar.
Lamps hang from a gleaming wood ceiling over the sushi bar at Shiki Hibachi & Sushi, illuminating cuts of fresh, vividly hued seafood. Chefs deftly slice the seafood for sashimi platters and specialty rolls such as the Naruto?a rice-free medley of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and avocado wrapped in thin slices of cucumber. Seats positioned along the sushi bar allow diners to watch the appetizing show, but there?s another show competing for their attention: the hibachi chefs flipping lobster tails, filet mignon, and other proteins through the air over tableside grills.
Red lanterns cast a warm glow over burnished wood floors inside Village Gourmet China Bistro & Sushi, and hand-painted murals of blooming flowers and scenic mountains adorn the walls. In the kitchen, chefs pan-sear duck pot stickers, sizzle sesame chicken in woks, and steam filets of chilean sea bass. Diners can also take a seat at a cherry-red sushi bar to watch chefs craft specialty sushi rolls like the heart-shaped, tuna-wrapped Valentine roll with avocado and crisp apple.