As the proud, busy parents of three young boys, Kang and Mary Nhin know that eating dinner as a family can be a challenge. So they created Nhinja Sushi and Wok, a casual, kid-friendly setting where the service is fast and the menu includes healthy options. As children don a Nhinja mask cutout and sketch the daily Dow Jones chart on a coloring sheet, families dig into spicy tuna rolls or stir-fried Hunan Garden shrimp. The food blog Dishin & Dishes lauded the restaurant for offering the option to order sushi and entrees made with brown rice.
The family-centric vibe even extends to the restaurant's lime walls, which are decorated with artwork of the owners' children. Careful not to neglect fully grown eyeballs, they have also filled the space with futuristic white chairs, tables, and booths accentuated by the pops of bright pink, turquoise, purple, and lime green.
Long before Keo opened its doors in 2007, owners Bill & Zahidah Hyman recognized a growing trend toward healthy dining. This, combined with America's affinity for Asian flavors, spawned Keo Asian Cuisine. Fusing traditional wok cooking from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, skilled chefs flame-kiss tuna, yellowfin, and quail for burgers and noodle dishes before adding inventive garnishes of lemongrass and sweet oyster vinegar. Under hanging lights with Saturn-style rings, patrons can toss back a specialty cocktail on the rocks, but for the sake of the floor-to-ceiling windows, are discouraged from tossing actual rocks.
The first thing you notice about In the Raw Sushi’s dining room is the noodles—an endless, swirling knot of them, tangling and untangling from floor to ceiling, their canary-yellow hues vibrating against a sky-blue background. This striking mural runs the length of the dining room and reflects the eatery’s effort to elevate cuisine to an art form. Chefs meticulously plate blooming arrangements of sushi and sashimi and drizzle them with fusion flourishes such as creamy habanero sauce. In addition to rolled seafood, they also dish out soba-noodle and rice dishes, teeming with veggies such as red bell peppers, bok choy, and squash, ensuring that diners have plenty to do with their chopsticks aside from demonstrating the mistake that prematurely ended their jousting career.
The Tokyo Love Boat glides through the air at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, dropping anchor at one of the tables. Atop its wooden planks, rows of sushi and sashimi are prepared for a culinary expedition. This is one of many creative concoctions on the menu, along with Tokyo specialty rolls fashioned from ingredients such shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, salmon, and lemon slices. Chefs glaze teriyaki sauce on shrimp, steak, or your date’s face, upon request. Other bite-size bits can be hidden in tempura batter or cooked on a hibachi grill.
Fuji Japanese Restaurant's menu is a treasure trove of freshly prepared sushi fare splashed with creative specialty rolls. Poppable pieces range from the two-piece salmon ($3.75) and super white tuna ($4.75) to the sushi rolled (6 pieces per order) yellowtail ($3.75) and tempura ($5.75). Fuji's specialty rolls, such as the cooked cajun roll ($10) and classy Marilyn Monroll ($9.25), are expertly prepared with a knife so sharp it actually cuts through time to deliver rolls thirteen minutes in the future. A palatable menu of drinks complement chopstick choices and makes for an easy segue for lavish beginnings to evenings at the movies, dancing dates, or the courting of a comely kraken.
The namesake dishes at Sushi and Teriyaki make for a delicious pairing of traditional Japanese cuisine, sometimes cutely referred to as sushi-n-teri by the staff. Outside of the expected dishes, such as the mountainous Ahi Tower roll with spicy tuna, the chefs also prepare hibachi entrees and specialties such as spicy ramen. And customers can wash it all down with a cool Japanese beer. The entire menu is also available for takeout, letting customers still enjoy an exotic dinner in the midst of a busy schedule.