Japanese Restaurants in Villages Of Hidden Lake

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Diners watch, transfixed, as a chef deftly chops, flips, and sears their meal in front of them while flames leap from the grill. This is Shogun Grill, where customers are often just a seat away from the culinary action.

The griddle-cooked teppenyaki dishes aren’t just for show, either. Packed with fresh chicken, steak, and vegetables, the entrees sate taste buds whose idea of a Japanese meal is more than just tipping a few soy-sauce packets into your mouth. The chefs also whip up fresh sushi starring salmon, eel, soft-shell crab, and smelt eggs.

18816 Limestone Commercial Dr, Ste 100
Pflugerville,
TX
US

Even after devoting more than 25 years to the deceptively simple art of creating nigiri, sashimi, and maki, Origami Japanese Cuisine's sushi chef continues to showcase classic techniques when preparing diners' meals. The menu features more than 40 different sushi rolls, including options featuring everything from jalapeño and smoked salmon to asparagus and tempura-fried shrimp. As the sushi chef arranges these gingerly sliced orders atop platters, the rest of the kitchen's staff commits to creating the rest of the menu's classic Japanese comfort foods, such as rib-eye steak teriyaki, pan-fried chicken gyoza, and yakisoba brimming with pork and vegetables.

The restaurant's Pacific Rim–tinged character doesn't stop with the menu, though. In addition to its stout wooden booths, the dining room also features a seating section with low tables separated by dividers adorned in silk-screen artwork and surrounded by legless chairs, allowing guests to embrace tradition by sitting on the floor. Just beyond these tables lies a Japanese-style rock garden complete with leafy green fronds, lantern posts, and dried bamboo stalks that can double as chopsticks for exceptionally tall visitors.

110 N Interstate 35
Round Rock,
TX
US

Even after devoting more than 25 years to the deceptively simple art of creating nigiri, sashimi, and maki, Origami Japanese Cuisine's sushi chef continues to showcase classic techniques when preparing diners' meals. The menu features more than 40 different sushi rolls, including options featuring everything from jalapeño and smoked salmon to asparagus and tempura-fried shrimp. As the sushi chef arranges these gingerly sliced orders atop platters, the rest of the kitchen's staff commits to creating the rest of the menu's classic Japanese comfort foods, such as rib-eye steak teriyaki, pan-fried chicken gyoza, and yakisoba brimming with pork and vegetables.

The restaurant's Pacific Rim–tinged character doesn't stop with the menu, though. In addition to its stout wooden booths, the dining room also features a seating section with low tables separated by dividers adorned in silk-screen artwork and surrounded by legless chairs, allowing guests to embrace tradition by sitting on the floor. Just beyond these tables lies a Japanese-style rock garden complete with leafy green fronds, lantern posts, and dried bamboo stalks that can double as chopsticks for exceptionally tall visitors.

110 N Interstate 35
Round Rock,
TX
US

Flames spotlight the stage at Tokyo Steak House and Sushi Bar, where skilled chefs twirl their knives and prepare Japanese teppanyaki dishes in front of eaters. Using tabletop grills, they cook succulent morsels of filet mignon, lobster, chicken, and shrimp alongside an assortment of crisp veggies. During the process, they sometimes perform eye-catching tricks, such as drawing designs on the grill with the yolk from a delicately cracked egg, flipping food into eaters' mouths, and magically making incriminating tax documents disappear over an open flame. The kitchen staff sculpts specialty sushi rolls away from the grills, and waiters fill table glasses with wine, sake, and imported beer.

9070 Research Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

In 2008, brothers Yuen and Peter Yung opened the first How Do You Roll? restaurant, devoting it to inventive, customizable sushi. Since then, the eatery has expanded to multiple locations across four states—and in February of 2013, after they pitched their concept to the notorious panel on ABC's "Shark Tank," an investor decided to sink his teeth into helping the business grow even further. The shark-worthy idea? Chefs invite customers to build their own sushi rolls or bowls, beginning with white or brown rice, which can then be topped or rolled with ingredients such as raw spicy salmon, grilled chicken, avocado, and strawberries. Sauces such as wasabi mayo and toppings such as chili powder finish off each roll.

Other favorites at How Do You Roll? come in the form of preset combinations such as the Mango Tango, whose krab stick, salmon, vegetables, and mango salsa are assembled by a chef holding a rose in his teeth. The menu also caters to healthy-minded diners with low-carb bowls, gluten-free options, and 13 rolls that contain fewer than 300 calories apiece.

10515 N Mopac Expy
Austin,
TX
US

The chefs at Samurai Sam’s Teriyaki Grill toss wok-seared meats and veggies in its eponymous sweet, tangy sauce. These morsels lie on a bed of steamed brown or white rice, making them a healthier alternative to traditional fast food, which usually lies on a hard-to-digest futon. Rice can be substituted with yakisoba noodles, and proteins include chicken, steak, shrimp, and salmon. All dishes on the menu, including salads and wraps, are made to order.

9003 Waterford Centre Blvd, #150
Austin,
TX
US