A trip down the stairs to Umai Royal's chic basement dining room reveals translucent curtains that filter light through to exposed brick walls. Amid the dim lighting scheme cast by hanging paper lanterns, plush, high-backed red booths cushion guests as they nosh on Asian-fusion cuisine inspired by Chinese, Japanese, and Thai recipes. Chefs top plates with elegantly prepared entrees such as chu chee duck, a roasted and deboned half duck served with creamy red-curry sauce and pineapples. A full sushi bar churns out hearty rolls, including the Umai Royal roll with spicy tuna and yellowtail and salmon, before diners' very eyes. Adjacent to the fireplace, a wet bar serves up spirits in front of a flat-screen HDTV that broadcasts sports, news, and Senate relay races.
The Original Fish Market's delectable dishes are expertly crafted by executive chef Sean Davies and delivered to each table on the back of a seahorse. The sushi, lunch, and constantly changing dinner menus feature fresh fish that’s flown in twice a day, more than 68 wines served by the glass, and a time-machine-cooled raw oyster bar that serves up shells so fresh they don’t even exist yet. Patrons can sample tongue-tantalizing maki and temaki such as a spicy scallop roll ($8) and a tuna roll ($7), as well as heartier dinner fare. Main-course selections such as lobster pasta provençal ($29) and farm-raised Tasmanian sea trout ($24) with toasted orzo salad, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts tame the swelling appetites of any matey. This Groupon is not valid toward the pre-fixe menu.
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.
At Rice King Asian Cuisine, the staff doesn't force their diners to pick a favorite between Chinese, Japanese, or Thai fare. Instead they bring all dishes under one roof, creating a lengthy menu of spicy seafood, seasoned vegetables, garlic noodles, and aromatic rice. They introduce western concepts to some of the dishes in items such as bourbon chicken, cheesesteak roll, and bacon fried rice.
Roe Thai and Japanese Contemporary Cuisine blends the culinary traditions of its namesake cultures, serving creative sushi rolls alongside classic Thai noodles and sauces. The eatery's signature rolls include the Golden Pop roll, loaded with king crabmeat, seared salmon, and creamy masago aioli, and the Kiss of Fire, with marinated shrimp, jalapeños, and caviar. Thai favorites include pad thai, pad see ew, and coconut-milk curries.
The skilled chefs at Thai Foon wrangle runaway appetites with delicacies from countries such as Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Whipped up with your choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp, signature dishes such as lemongrass stir-fry and spicy basil with bamboo shoots sate hunger while entertaining bored taste buds with a beautiful song about being eaten ($6.95–$7.95). Pad thai elevates diners to savory heights before safely drifting back to earth on a parachute held together by rice noodles and bean sprouts. Red, green, and yellow curries, on the other hand, prefer to lure patrons into a sweet, saucy trap before pelting them with carrots, bell peppers, and pineapple chunks. Bask in the warm glow of a thai curry noodles plate fortified with your favorite meat, or dig into a pile of house fried rice, grabbing forkful after forkful of minced Thai-style sausage, chicken, shrimp, beef, and lime-spritzed veggies ($8.95).