The skilled chefs at Sans Sushi furnish empty stomach space with a menu of sushi ottomans, nori-upholstered nautili, and artfully arranged Thai noodle dishes. Activate dormant taste buds with the brawny flavors of the sweet papaya salad, tossed with chilis, sugar, lime juice, and tomatoes ($5.95). Diners can train their forks to retrieve thick noodles in the chicken lad na ($7.95) or indulge their gustatory glands in the Captiva Island makimono roll––boasting conch, green onion, cucumber, and a fiery sauce that's as hot as a model wearing solar panels. Between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., midday munchers can grab lunchtime vittles that include all-you-can-eat sushi ($13.95), where fish-feasters can nosh on a bottomless supply of avocado-stuffed california rolls and Las Vegas rolls filled with crab, spicy mayo, and serenades by Donny and Marie Osmond.
With outposts in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, Jpan Restaurant boasts a bold red-and-black decor aesthetic and a menu full of artfully presented fresh-fish creations. Skilled sushi chefs assemble complex specialty rolls, or let simple slices of fish steal the spotlight with array of sashimi selections. For those who prefer an entree that's seen some heat, there's an array of tempura and teriyaki dishes, as well as steamy bowls of ramen or udon noodles. The drink list includes domestic and Japanese beers, along with wines, soft drinks, and sakes served cold or heated in the forge of a samurai swordsmith.
The sharp angles that define the modern architecture of Tokyo Japanese SteakHouse, Sushi, and Lounge reflect the eatery's clean, aesthetically pleasing offerings of authentic Japanese sushi and hot dishes. Chefs cook up some of the menu’s teriyaki steak and seafood entrees the traditional way, behind closed doors, where their knife skills go to work as they prepare fresh meals to send out to the dining room. Hibachi tables, on the other hand, set the stage for a gastronomic performance, during which chefs sear chicken, filet mignon, and sea bass before diners' eyes. To top off the show, there’s a diverse sushi menu that includes creative options such as the Snow White roll, filled with tempura shrimp and a naiveté that’s both irritating and charming.
At Samurai Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, the chefs set out to create a fully engaging dining experience for guests, relying on showmanship and knife skills in addition to interesting flavor combinations. Surrounded by rich earth tones and in front of patrons' very eyes, they man gas-heated hibachi grills and juggle platefuls of steak, seafood, and vegetables into flashes of fire. Across the room, the sushi chefs avoid open flames and high-wattage light bulbs entirely as they roll a number of traditional and contemporary maki, filling each one with delicate cuts of fish and piquant dabs of sauce. Amid the bustle of flashing knives, sputtering grill tops, and standing ovations, flat-screen TVs also keep guests entertained at the restaurant's fully stocked bar.
The color blue permeates Maguro’s modern dining room, emanating from the glowing turquoise panels affixed to the sides of the tables and counters, the sky-colored accent lights on the liquor-stocked shelves, and the indigo overhead lights illuminating sleek wooden tabletops and hibachi grills. Here, cooks sizzle up Japanese entrees of meats and fresh fish attractively garnished with sauces and flower-cut veggies. Sushi chefs, meanwhile, coil up a slew of authentic rolls.
The culinary crew at Torch Bistro crafts a fusion menu filled with American bistro fare and Japanese dishes, which pair with eclectic cocktails mixed by the dexterous bartending staff. The eatery grabs diners’ attention with hearty entrees such as a shrimp and scallop duet ($16), a slow-roasted beef pot roast ($13), and an apple-bourbon-roasted half duck accompanied by carrots and parsnips ($17). Showing a passion for things flat and flour-based, Torch also hauls out four different BLTs ($7–$8) and an equal number of stuffed crêpes including the cordon-bleu crêpe filled with black forest ham, roasted chicken, and swiss cheese ($7). Torch’s bar staff pours a sassy selection of drinks, rumtinis, and after-dinner coffees spiked with irish whiskey ($4) or accurately aimed volleyballs.