In the dramatically lit, contemporarily furnished dining room of Enso, chefs and servers decorate tabletops with dependable midwestern meals emanating worldly wisdom. The creative dinner menu reveals a strong steakhouse influence, with a signature New York strip steak giving romantic advice to fluffs of Yukon gold mashed potatoes, applewood bacon, and smoky blue-cheese butter ($28.75). Sushi rolls employ scarves of rice to wrap up chilled interiors, with American-inspired options including the house smoked pull-pork roll filled with hand-cut fries, crispy onion, and thai chili mayo ($8 during lunch; $10.75 during dinner). Like family members dressed as early Neanderthals, lunchtime sandwiches such as the four-cheese grilled cheese ($8) and the slow-braised-beef panini ($12) make for an eclectic take on more familiar items.
Top’s Asian Buffet serves up a tasty spread of Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, and American cuisine seven days week for both lunch and dinner. Those out for all-you-can-eat lunch ($2.25–$6.75), dinner ($3.25–11.25), or Sunday ($11.25) buffets, priced depending on age, will find a serious selection of soups, salads, fruits, sushi, steaks, Mongolian grilled barbecue, Chinese and Japanese appetizers and entrees, plus a dessert bar with ice cream.
At Shogun Japanese and Chinese Bistro, cooks amass an army of fresh ingredients to fire up on a griddle at diners’ tables. Here, shrimp, calamari, and sirloin morph into hibachi-style dinners as they sizzle in the heat and tumble through the air with the help of the chef’s spatula. Fresh fish and rice converge to form sushi such as the crispy roll #24, whose salmon and yellowtail flaunt a sauce as sweet and spicy as a valentine from a jalapeño pepper. The Chinese section of the menu brims with house specialties such as beef with stir-fried string beans and family-style meals of shrimp kow and almond chicken.
At Ichiban Japanese Bistro & Steak House, the table centerpiece is a highly trained hibachi chef, whose knives flip, chop, and sauté vegetables in an intense and entertaining dinner show. They set their blades to steak, chicken, and an array of seafood, which they toss with fresh vegetables and special sauce to create a custom dish for each guest. In addition to hibachi fare, guests can also order traditional Japanese dishes from the kitchen. These include options such as tempura vegetables, teriyaki meats, and sushi, which showcase the best cuts of seafood without flipping through Poseidon's yearbooks.
Yotsuba?s skilled sushi chefs sprinkle fresh fish and organic seaweed with low-sodium soy sauce brewed in-house. Tempura and teriyaki dishes steam atop low tables in the West Bloomfield location?s tatami room, where cushy legless seats host floor-level dining in traditional Japanese style. High-backed booths and bar seating at both locations raise patrons off the ground for views of chopstick-wielding chefs tapping out the drum solo from "Wipeout" behind the sushi bar.
The chefs at Makkara Sushi & Japanese Grocery bridge the distance between oceans and palates with a menu of hand-rolled sushi creations that range from vegetarian rolls to tender nigiri pieces. House specialties such as the futomaki roll ($10.99)—eight pieces of crab and barbecued eel tempered by sweet egg, shiitake mushrooms, and avocado—pacify hungry sea dragons clawing at the insides of bellies. Bigger bites include the california roll, an 11-piece behemoth built nearly to the scale of its namesake and stuffed with smoked salmon or shrimp ($6.99). Chopsticks fly as herbivores challenge each other to duels over prized vegetarian combinations that feature delectable half-rolls of pickled radish and scallions ($4.99). Chefs dispense with frilly accouterments when crafting nigiri pieces, opting instead to showcase thickly cut morsels of yellowtail tuna ($2.25 each).