Japanese Restaurants in Ocala

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Wasabi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s menu jump-starts salivary glands with plentiful portions of fresh fish tucked into tasty rolls, curry dishes, and more. Tempura-fried shrimp, vegetables, or chicken ($8.25–$10.25) kick off meals before sushi and sashimi extinguish blazing sea-creature cravings. Those who prefer fare without fins can opt for chicken ($9.50), pork ($9.50), or steak teriyaki ($12.75), and noodle lovers can seek satisfying spoonfuls in the nabeyaki udon ($10.95). Green-tea, ginger, or red-bean ice cream ($2.95) finish the feast, and a bevy of beverages, such as sake ($3–$8.75) and plum wine ($3.75), lets diners toast anniversaries or successful chopsticks-pinned updos. The eatery’s wooden walls, hanging glow lamps, and wide windows create a warm ambience, perfect for impressing first dates with artful eyebrow wiggles. A seat at the sushi bar grants a front-row seat for culinary magic.

2285 S Woodland Blvd
Deland,
FL
US

With a splash of oil, the teppanyaki grill erupts into an orange blaze. Not far off, chefs slice and roll fresh seafood at the sushi bar. Each of Bayridge Sushi's three locations immerses guests in the Japanese dining experience, complemented by stylish, modern interiors with touches such as lantern-like lighting, flat-screen televisions, and chopsticks hand-carved by master carpenters. In addition to its array of sushi and Japanese dishes, the menu also offers Japanese beers Sapporo and Asahi.

2189 E Semoran Blvd
Apopka,
FL
US

In Asian Retreat And Nail Salon's stone manicures and pedicures, rocks take a starring role. Nail technicians ease tension from appendages with massaging stones, and handcrafted stones nestle between toes to stretch and relax the many muscles in each foot.

3251 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden,
FL
US

Tom Lu doesn't just serve recipes from his native China at Asian Pop. As the Ocala Star-Banner reports, his food combines flavors from throughout the continent and beyond, including pan-fried indian cakes with curry sauce and new york strip steak and onions prepared in the Mongolian style. In doing so, Chef Tom brings unexpected twists to Asian culinary classics such as the Funky Monkey sushi roll, whose tempura-shrimp and cream cheese is topped with a slice of banana. Meals unfold in booths situated beneath televisions that show a playlist of Asian music videos personally selected by Chef Tom.

2611 SW 19th Ave.
Ocala,
FL
US

Maui Teriyaki infuses ordinary bowls with extraordinary dollops of tasty proteins and veggies available in made-to-order configurations. A Power Bowl features chicken soaked in teriyaki sauce, napping on a bed of cauliflower, broccoli, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts ($6.99; additional $0.50 for steak, pork, or tofu). Patrons can build custom bowls on a base of white rice and three vegetables and outfit them with fried, teriyaki, and crispy chicken in the triple-chicken combo ($8.99) or fill up a bowl with steak ($7.99 for medium) and get energized for a long day of filling a neighbor’s pool with Jello packets. A smattering of burgers and tasty sides such as brown rice ($0.50–$0.75) is also available. The restaurant’s sleek, Hawaiian-themed digs provides diners with a laid-back spot to enjoy a filling meal or hide from a landlord when rent is due.

3105 SW 34th St
Gainesville,
FL
US

The chefs at Sushi-2-Go's new location on the University of Florida campus wrap both classic and signature eight-piece sushi rolls to remedy hollow tummies. Guests can unseal an appetizer of pork or vegetable dumplings ($3) after requesting that they be fried, steamed, or bedazzled with rock-candy rhinestones. Chopsticks airlift the tampa roll's ($5) fried tilapia and cucumber to tongue runways, and the Flying Dragon roll ($7) drapes bites of eel over crisp cocoons of imitation crab, avocado, cucumber, and fish roe. Feel free to take a sabbatical from being a carnivore by opting for the sweet-potato roll ($5), which nestles mushrooms and avocados against fried sweet potato and a sassy supplement of spicy sauce. Fried shrimp and smoked salmon wear caps of seaweed sprinkles in the Hulk roll ($7), which transforms into a green seaweed fist and upends bottles of soy sauce if angered.

1412 W University Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US