No one's ever told the hibachi chefs at Kumo Japanese Steak House & Sushi not to play with their food, and that's a good thing. As diners cluster around the hot grill at the center of their tables, the chefs put on a show, flipping morsels of meat and seafood into the air and onto plates with the same kind of dexterity a surgeon demonstrates while playing Operation. The sushi chefs are equally skilled, turning out beautiful rolls inspired by freshly caught local fish. Diners enjoy these dishes at tables made from glistening granite and set atop glittering floor tiles and beneath modern, geometric lights.
Kumo has two menus—one for sushi, one for entrees—but whichever one guests order from, they're likely to see their selected dish made right before their eyes. Smaller parties can sit right at the sushi bar, where the chef might start their meal with an appetizer such as a seafood pancake with shrimp, scallops, crab, and scallions. Here, the sushi chefs also prepare 27 specialty rolls, including the Hawaii roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, mango, cucumber, and spicy crab.
The dinner menu focuses on hibachi, the Japanese culinary art of preparing entrees at tableside cooktops. The hibachi meals, like a genie that works on commission, are generous, pairing a choice of protein with soup, salad, veggies, fried rice, and a two-piece shrimp appetizer. Guests can choose a single protein, such as chicken or steak, or go for a combination such as the Kumo Deluxe, which has lobster tail, shrimp, filet mignon, and sea scallops.
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Behind their teppanyaki grilling stations, chefs at Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi flip lobster tails, filet mignon, and shrimp through the air as diners look on. A short distance away from the hibachi flames, chefs at the sushi bar craft fresh hand rolls based on local catches, such as the cape coral maki with salmon, tuna, and avocado, and the Top of the World roll with yellowtail, scallion, and cucumber. Staffers pour hot and cold sake and imported beer for patrons to quaff when not digging into a noodle bowl. The dining area’s decor teems with Asian accents such as bamboo shoots, a zen-garden-inspired rock wall, and a zen-garden-inspired ball pit.
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.
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.