Modern chandeliers burst with angular panels, evoking massive, glowing ice crystals. Walls of stacked stone and slatted wood form a backdrop for crisp white tablecloths and coal-black chairs. To complement the sleek, contemporary décor, Restaurant Tora's tables populate with artistically presented Japanese dishes such as yakisoba, fresh sashimi, and more than 25 specialty sushi rolls. Korean-style stone pots sizzle beside hibachi-grilled seafood and thick steaks accompanied by teriyaki and wasabi-yuzu sauces. After polishing off dessert, diners can charm their dates' palates with a bottle of American wine or tousle their dates' hair with a charm of American goldfinches.
The fresh menu at Lemongrass boasts a bounty of tasty Thai fare to satisfy you or your great-aunt's Bangkok-bereft mouth. Start with an order of crisp fried vegetarian gyoza ($5.25) or tender beef satay ($6.25) before moving on to the main course. The extensive selection of authentic fried rice ($9.75–$12.95), noodle dishes ($9.75–$16.50), and a rainbow of curries ($11.50–$13.95) will please picky palates, while seasonal specialties such as the mango fried rice with shrimp ($12.95) will satisfy die-hard sea-eaters. Shrimp-bellied pals can happify their herbivore companions with Lemongrass's many vegetarian selections, such as the tofu jade noodles ($11.50) or the tofu green noodle curry ($11.50). Cool over-heated dinner debates over the proper pronunciation of Goethe with a frosty scoop of coconut ice cream ($3.95) or sweet sticky rice with mango ($5.95).
Mei Japanese Restaurant pleases patrons with skillfully prepared Japanese cuisine for hungry mouths and traditional tatami-mat rooms for seat-seeking bodies. The kitchen serves up a wide selection of specialty sushi rolls, udon and soba noodles , and Japanese-style hot pot, giving diners the power to slow roast, quick fire, or sizzle tickle their own thinly sliced ingredients at their table. A hibachi table prepares succulent teppanyaki chicken and lobster, while a sushi bar supplies traditional nigiri filled with fresh fish rawer than a child’s emotions at their first annual performance review.
Since its founding in 1983, Magic Wok’s open-style kitchens have entertained onlookers and delighted taste buds with meals cooked-to-order in the establishment’s namesake pan. Founder Sutas Pipatjarasgit’s guiding principle–that all dishes must be freshly made–empowers diners to customize each menu item to their personal tastes, dropping disliked vegetables from stir fries or adding extra meat to hearty bowls of noodles. Seven locations around Ohio and one in southeastern Michigan make acquisition of Magic Wok’s fast, fresh fare an easy task for mall-goers, students at the University of Toledo, or hungry octopi with very long arms.
Fingers scroll across tabletop iPads, zooming in on photos of rolls, noodles, and the rest of Aoi Blue Bar's menu. Rolls brimming with scallops, tuna, and cucumbers slip past in the images, and udon noodles swirl around vegetables, tofu, and beef. Behind a nearby stone-topped sushi bar, decorative wooden fans sprawl over a parsley-hedged display case full of fillets, shrimp tails, and avocado halves awaiting sushi knives on a bed of ice. International influences infiltrate the primarily Japanese menu in the form of kimchi and handmade lamb meatballs. Aoi periodically invites DJs to fill the dining room with thrumming beats and lively lights, which turn diners to dancing after their meals and let visiting disco balls fit in.
Arirang Japanese Bistro's discerning chefs funnel only the highest quality ingredients into their Japanese entrees, which are composed of seafood and meats airlifted to the eatery daily. Like a lawnmower let loose in a gourmet market, the dexterous teppanyaki chef slashes his blades through lobster tail and filet mignon, which sizzles atop table-centered grills as diners look on. Artfully presented sushi rolls hug pristine morsels of eel or crab, and entrees showcase dish designers' aptitude for searing veggies, poultry, seafood, and USDA Choice cut steaks. Vibrant, crimson walls flaunt three-dimensional swirls and visually pop next to dark vinyl chairs, obsidian brickwork, and dimly lit black holes.