Sannie Chinese & Japanese Cuisine is all about options?its sprawling menu boasts more than 230 Asian specialties. More than 120 of those options are Chinese, ranging from traditional hot-and-sour soup to the chef's Snow White Princess entree filled with chicken, scallops, and shrimp. The Japanese portion of the menu includes more than 100 items, including unagi don (broiled eel) and sushi rolls stuffed with cream cheese, avocado, and crab. For those watching their weight, the chefs cook up health-conscious entrees that pair seasoned proteins, such as jumbo shrimp, with brown rice and a special diet sauce.
The chefs at Makiman Sushi believe in keeping their gills and their grills separate, serving both raw-fish fusion sushi and Korean stone-pot bi bim bop. Like the Warren G. Harding White House during Prohibition, the eatery is BYOB and patrons pour their favorite beverages while delving into orders of tuna nachos, a dish of fried wontons topped with raw tuna and a spicy sauce. Guests can kick back at a table or perch at a recently remodeled sushi bar to admire the sushi chefs' handiwork.
A casual sit-down or take-out Japanese spot, Koi satisfies the sushi cravings of Northern Liberties dwellers. The cheerful interior mixes orange walls, white tables, and red chairs, punctuated with a “koi crossing” sign. Salads venture beyond greens with ginger dressing and often incorporate an assortment of pickled vegetables. Sushi comes a la carte or in various sizes of samplers, and while you’ll find spicy tuna and California rolls, it’s Koi’s special creations that stand out. The Volcano roll combines eel, salmon, avocado and tobiko with broiled scallops, and is topped in a rich, spicy sauce. Every month features a special roll – some months are thematic, like February’s heart-shaped version. A selection of hot entrées like beef bulgogi and noodles complete the menu.
The pan-Asian hot spot boasts a miscellany of delectable delights served up family-style within its blue velvet-accented confines. Treat taste buds to a circular meal from Swanky Bubbles’s sushi menu by giving in to the sweet temptation roll, which bats its sushi lashes at your hunger with a medley of lightly torched tuna, asparagus, avocado, and spicy sauces ($12). Palates can search for higher meaning with the enlightenment roll, capable of eliminating an appetite's earthly desires with crabstick, verdant veggies, ginger, and wasabi cream ($9). The swanky sampler fetes choice enthusiasts with an array of sushi selections, including spicy tekka, california, and hamachi rolls that tear down oppressive suburban fences to share neighborly vibes with salmon, striped bass, and tuna sashimi ($28). Staunch believers in the power of flames can dig into the fully cooked dinner menu, packed with classic fare such as tangy pad thai ($16) and the flavorful, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass ($26). Sail to Polynesia with the fiji ribs ($14), or dock at the herbivore islands with the mushroom ravioli ($15).
Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine's signature square sushi or peking-duck hand roll pairs well with selections from the sake bar, and the chefs' whimsically flavorful preparations have earned nominations for Best Sushi from CityVoter. The restaurant has also garnered a Zagat rating of 26/30 for its breadth of flavors, which diners can explore as they rest in a space rife with colorful history: the warm walnut accents and handmade leather banquettes are reminiscent of its time as a turn-of-the-century wholesale teahouse, and towering brick walls and love notes written on kites remain from the building?s origin as the house of Benjamin Franklin?s mistress. As eyes ascend toward the ceiling 40 feet overhead, they alight upon a custom-designed, three-tiered chandelier and a two-story feature wall boasting panels whose tooled leather recalls vintage wallpaper designs.
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.