The artistic chefs at Sushi Kai skillfully cut sushi and use fresh fish, meats, and high-quality produce when creating dishes for their traditional Japanese menu. Celebrating Japan’s most popular import, the sushi chefs can roll choices from 25 maki options including barbecued eel and thinly carved yellowtail sashimi, or set off in-mouth fireworks with cone-shaped spicy-tuna hand rolls. Japanese curries introduce diners to a lesser-known Japanese specialty, greeting tongues with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, or fish. As diners share bites of sushi, they lounge in Sushi Kai's minimalist dining room and lecture its plants on proper photosynthesis technique.
Ichiban has been slinging its extensive menu of Japanese fare to local fishophiles since 1983, with fresh omega-3-powered fishfare delighting dinner-diners. Confuse country-centric culinary beliefs by starting with an order of the sushi pizza, a fried-rice crust topped with salmon ($7) or tuna ($9), or sink taste-talons into the sweet-potato tempura ($7), fried to a golden brown. Full-plated entrees at the eatery include teriyaki ($12–$24), marinated meats ($14+), and rice and noodle nests ($8–$13), with a sushi selection offering fresh glistening sashimi ($3+), as well as classic and contemporary rice-rolled treats. The lobster tobiko roll ($10) swaddles the meat of the mighty crustacean with avocado, fresh veggies, flying fish roe, and a mint mayonnaise to offer a decadent dip into unchartered culinary waters, while the Las Vegas roll ($13) hits the jackpot of Neptune-approved nourishment with its amalgamation of shrimp tempura, crab stick, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese blanketed with fresh tuna and salmon.
A serene feeling envelops visitors as they enter Fuji Grill Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine’s wood-paneled dining room replete with potted trees and sit at a table or at the sushi bar. Led by chef Tomo Lin, who trained in sushi preparation for four years in Japan, the kitchen creates Japanese food from teriyaki and tempura favorites to inventive sushi creations. Signature rolls include the Fuji, filled with yellowtail and salmon and topped with four types of roe, and the heart-shaped Susan roll of spicy tuna. Parties can also sample myriad selections with one of many combo platters that may include rolls, sashimi, or nigiri. The sushi chefs demonstrate a sense of whimsy as they decorate sushi plates with sauces, drawing images such as dragons, tree branches, or Morse code messages reading, "I know what you did."
Along one wall of the dining room, screens of angled wooden slats and a trellis canopy of ivy create a cozy, semiprivate atmosphere at each table. Japanese paper lanterns, wall scrolls, and windowpanes that mimic traditional paper screens additionally contribute to the eatery's authentic aura.
Sushi Nagasaki fuses the cylindrical sensations of sushi with the spicy servings of Thailand, creating an alluring Asian-cuisine mixture. Appease even the most cantankerous of tongue receptors with the eel-and-cucumber-stuffed dragon roll, the California roll crested with fish roe, or the spicy tuna hand roll twined with lettuce and cooling cucumber (all priced at $8.95). Thai creations such as the evil red curry ($7.75), a sinful mix of bamboo shoots, green beans, coconut milk, and basil leaves. Or try the less devious yellow curry ($7.75), a combination of savory Thai spices, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, coconut milk, and onions that can readily fill torso purses with the sustenance needed to reach the paradoxically parallel high and low branches of the world tree. And the stir-fried broccoli ($7.75) places enough green stalks on your plate to create a micro-forest for a kind-hearted troll. All curries come with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp for $1 extra.
Sakura serves a menu of japanese teriyaki and sushi such as the Crazy Dragon roll with shrimp tempura, which was showcased on NBC 2. Chefs also create Buffalo rolls out of fried spicy tuna and crab with asparagus, as well as a Cheektowaga roll, a crunchy creation topped with salmon, crab stick, white tuna, and spicy sauce.
Cheery yellow walls wrap around Sakura’s dining room, illuminated by sunlight that streams through the delicate grid that divides the windowpanes. Half a dozen chairs stand before the wooden sushi bar, which is decorated with a Japanese figurine, decorative dishes on the wall, and a lucky trident stolen from Aquaman's house.
The scrape of knives being sharpened, flames shooting from the teppanyaki grill?these are but two signs that another meal has begun at Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse. Here, chefs toss teriyaki salmon filets and 22-ounce rib eye steaks with housemade sauces and seasonings, all before diners' eyes. The feasts come complete with Japanese onion soup, salad, shrimp, and grilled veggies.
While hibachi chefs man their grills, sushi chefs artfully assemble 20 specialty and deep-fried rolls. The latter category features a roll named for the restaurant itself?the Hibachi?jam-packed with filet mignon and cream cheese. Raw specialties, meanwhile, include the Halloween roll, a mixture of spicy and white tuna topped with black tobiko, a tastier alternative to melted-down candy corn. Complemented by more than 10 cocktails, feasts unfold inside Hibachi's five eateries in Independence, Fairview Park, Mentor, Highland Heights, and Erie.