Beginning with japanese culinary techniques and thai flavors, Sushi Cafe's chefs create innovative fusion cuisine with Eastern as well as Western touches. Traditional sushi rolls with spicy tuna or tempura lobster tail appear along with more imaginative options, which can feature seared new york strip steak, sweet-chili vinaigrette, or strawberry purée. Although the chefs fly in bigeye tuna from Hawaii and sockeye salmon from Alaska, they also supply flavors from farther across the Pacific. Sweet-potato fries accompany panko-crusted red snapper to create an inventive take on fish ‘n’ chips, and steamed mussels arrive in a creamy, sake-spiked broth.
Mimicking the eclecticism of the menu, the dining room features everything from bamboo stalks and a sumo-wrestler statuette on the sushi bar to pop-art portraits of Marilyn Monroe along its lemon-yellow walls. The decor also helps create a thoroughly modern ambiance with its track lighting, flat-screen televisions, and hovering tabletops.
Raye & Company Salon's tight-knit team of five stylists and one manicurist tend to the appearances of their clientele. During a preappointment consultation, a stylist explains any home maintenance or open-air convertible rides that a hairstyle may require. The coiffure artists favor products by Matrix, Biomega, and Coppola Designer Hair Care and use the styling aids to smooth hair texture, add highlights, or craft classic styles.
Waxing services keep pelts smooth, and mani-pedis keep nail beds healthy and sculpted. Men can also stop by to have their manes and mustaches trimmed or fluffed. Outside of business hours, the quintet of beauty specialists participates in charity events. Recently, the group appeared at a Race for the Cure function and facilitated a donation to the Humane Society.
Named one of the best sushi restaurants by the Arkansas Times in 2010, Mt. Fuji has been serving fresh sushi and authentic, healthy Japanese cuisine for the past 25 years. Its multifarious menu includes sushi, tempura, teriyaki dishes, noodles, and rice dishes. Dive teeth-first into a wave of flavor with an appetizer such as the green seaweed salad ($5.75). Rolled-up revelations include the Alligator Roll ($10.50), a tasty trio of shrimp, eel, and avocado that prompts diners to bite before being bitten. Wiley coyotes and demolition derbyists can light the fuse of flavor with the Dynamite Roll, bringing tuna and yellowtail together in fiery fraternity with a spicy sauce ($7.25). Traditional entrees are served with soup, salad, and rice and include such delightful delicacies as chicken teriyaki ($13.50) and shrimp tempura ($16.95) to satisfy those of the cooked-food persuasion.
At Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, hibachi chefs grill meats in teriyaki sauce to complement a selection of fresh sushi rolls. Like the knock-knock jokes that naturally occur on each layer of an onion, the chefs make cooking fun, flipping shrimp, steak, and chicken with deft gymnastic twirls. The restaurant's striking decor captures a stylish Japanese motif with colorful artwork, kimono-clad servers, and zen gardens replete with stone lanterns and paper-and-wood wall screens. Throughout the dining area, overhanging lanterns and lacquered wood convey a far-Eastern aesthetic, while simple yet elegant chairs and furnishings promise sturdy bases for building blanket forts.
The chefs at Cafe 5501, formerly known as RJ Tao, cast a large net to serve a diverse menu of exotic global cuisine in a sleek, eye-catching dining room, creating a dining experience that earned praise from the Arkansas Times and Arkansas Online. The dishes show off influences from all around the Pacific Rim, whether it's cheese fondues with melted gruyere and emmenthaler swiss from France by way of Vietnam or malaysian roasted lobster seasoned with lemongrass and thai basil and served with pineapple fried rice. Entrees show off a variety of unique game, including Australian kangaroo served three ways: as a wok-fired tenderloin, fried inside wonton skin, or ground into burgers that the Times said had "an extremely lean texture and a flavor that was wild and almost tangy; it was rich and gamey in the best way possible." Guests can enjoy flavors from closer to home with certified-Angus steaks and parmesan truffle fries made with hand-cut kennebec potatoes and shaped like local high school mascots.
Bartenders shake up a variety of house cocktails in the technicolor light of the lava bar and pour more than 50 different wines available by the glass. A behemoth buddha statue dominates the dining room despite the ever-changing LED lights that decorate booths and private tables hidden inside round alcoves. Each Tuesday and Wednesday night, live jazz music fills the air to entertain guests lounging on red and white yin-yang ottomans and gazing at the flat-screen TVs that hang above the bar.
From fresh sashimi to spicy red curry, the chefs at A.W. Lin's cook up the best recipes from China, Japan, and Thailand using organic ingredients and locally grown produce. Their expansive menu boasts classic Chinese specialties and sushi rolls, but also tempts diners to sample exciting flavors with their chef's specials. Hibachi chicken, thai-style calamari, fried oysters, or steak and shrimp with honey walnuts overhaul perceptions of classic Asian food, while drunken noodles, pad thai, and coconut shrimp play on classic themes. Amid the upscale, sun-strewn dining room's contemporary artwork and rotund bar, guests can sip fair-trade coffee and tea, cap off exotic meals with the restaurant's signature fried cheesecake, or test out their x-ray glasses by trying to read messages inside fortune cookies.