Sushi Omakase takes its name from the traditional omakase method of ordering sushi. When ordering omakase style, diners ask the chef to get creative, and then sit back while he slices and rolls morsels that highlight both his skills and the freshest fish of the day. For those who prefer to customize their own meals, sushi chefs G. Clooney and T. Cruise also work from a menu that includes fresh oysters, nigiri, a red dragon roll—crab and avocado with spicy tuna—and vegetable tempura. Between nibbles, visitors can relax with a wide array of hot sake or specialty cocktails.
In 1971, Jimmy Nishiyama introduced the city of Las Vegas to Japanese hibachi cuisine. Three decades later, and the friends have stayed very much in touch. During that time, Geisha House, Nishiyama's brainchild, has grown to fill three locations and eight menu pages. Colorful specialty sushi rolls, such as the baked Japanese Lasagna—cream cheese and mayo atop a crabmeat and avocado roll—make fitting partners for grilled lobster, filet mignon, or scallops in hibachi dinners. Nearly 30 varieties of sake trip merrily across the palate, while the Geisha martini blends sake with plum wine and a treasure trove of James Bond jokes.
For 35 years, streams of loyal customers have flocked to Michi Sushi, savoring the crispy tempura seafood and veggies, the sushi culled form freshly flown-in fish, and savory bowls of udon soup. Like misunderstood genius folk art sculptors, Michi's chefs create traditional products from innovative and inventive ingredients, resulting in dishes such as barbecued eel over beds of macadamia nuts, or Bay Area-themed makis dressed with spicy Korean sauce, tempura crumbs, jalapenos, and avocado. Diners gather amid the restaurant's charming Japanese wood and paper-screen décor to chow down on mango salmon salads and beef teriyaki or order catered feasts for weddings and parties.
The family-owned and family-operated sushi shop has been slinging high-quality fish into the mouths of omega-3-craving San Joseans at their new location in Willow Glen since 2009. Traditional and creative concoctions inhabit the extensive lunch and dinner menus. Starters such as the ika kara-age, with its tender, fried Monterey calamari and balsamic soy sauce ($5.25), offer a pleasing beginning to any meal. Redeem your Groupon Tuesday–Thursday for a complimentary edamame appetizer. The Sushi combination dinner ($16.25), which includes one entree plus your choice of two rolls (choose from California, tekka, and kappa), makes a perfect base to absorb any of Yuki Sushi's sakes. A bountiful selection of bento combos are available. Noodle lovers will slurp sublimely from their selection of udons and sobas, and herbivores can peruse the fish-free vegetarian entrees for a selection of palate pleasers. For those preferring a dash of color in their carbs, brown rice is also available.
Seated at the long, curving sushi bar, diners at Super TGI’s Sushi get a close look at the chefs’ artistry: slicing and artfully arranging plates of fresh sashimi, perching lacy tempura atop bowls of udon noodles, and, of course, rolling dazzlingly colorful maki. But their most impressive feat might be entirely mental—they also must have a command of the nearly 100 types of specialty rolls on the menu. Of course, the ultra-creative names might well be a good mnemonic aid. No one will look askance if you order, for instance, a Mammamiya (unagi and hamachi), an eBay (a classic California roll plus shrimp and tobiko), a Miss Netscreen (tuna, salmon, and shrimp rolled in cucumber), or a Brian (seven kinds of fish, not counting the shrimp tempura).
Seafood doesn’t exhaust the abilities of the restaurant, a new outpost of the original TGI's Sushi in Campbell. Beyond the sushi bar’s red paper lanterns, groups sup on hot dishes such as sukiyaki, teriyaki, and the classic breaded pork dish tonkatsu.
A giant painting of a cat dressed in a sushi chef’s garb making sushi hangs high up on a wall inside Kikusushi. It overlooks tables covered in magenta linens, bamboo privacy dividers, and fish tanks with colorful swimmers. The playful atmosphere continues into the menu, with cleverly named rolls such as the dragon roll, plated to look like a dragon, and the Cholesterol Bomb, stuffed with tuna and quail eggs. Hot meals range from chicken katsu to beef teriyaki.
If you stop by Harumi Sushi between Monday and Thursday, you can get a sake bomb with your monkey brain. Both names might sound a tad alarming, but they're hardly literal: the sake bombs consist of a shot of sake dropped into a cup of beer, and the monkey brain is an appetizer of mushrooms, each deep-fried and stuffed with spicy tuna.
Other names on the menu are more honest. The rainbow roll, for example, does indeed flaunt several colors—its snow crab and avocado filling is decorated with different slices of raw fish. The staff arranges the orange blossom roll into the shape of a blooming flower, while the salmon wrapped around the rice lends orange to the presentation. And, the flaming dragon roll's combination of yellowtail, snow crab, shrimp, and tuna is actually cooked in fire, rather than simply tricked out in racecar flame decals.
Besides its rolls, the restaurant also cooks up Japanese dishes such as udon soups and teriyaki-flavored meats. Its bento boxes allow guests to sample a bit of everything, with compartments for chicken teriyaki, tempura vegetables, and sashimi or a California roll.