Beneath the softly glowing paper lanterns above the sushi bar, chefs at Happy Teriyaki #4 are hand rolling maki destined for individual plates. But it's the signature sauce, fresh vegetables, and charcoal-broiled meats in their teriyaki dishes that are their claim to fame: the restaurant earned the title of Best Teriyaki in Evening Magazine and KING 5's Best of Western Washington awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The owners' pride in their work is not only evidenced by their artful and flavorful culinary creations but also by the restaurant's inviting ambiance. Colorful Japanese screens add a touch of authentic flair to the dining room, where high-backed, private booths prevent fellow guests from copying homework. Beyond praising the "fast, tasty and affordable" food, Jennifer Johnson of the Weekly Volcano commended the staff for "service [that] has not only been efficient and swift but pleasantly provided."
Tacoma’s first sushi restaurant, Masahiro Endo was a pioneer in the area and introduced beautifully arranged and great tasting Japanese food to the good people of Tacoma. Artists and creative folk will love how the staff at Fujiya presents food and will undoubtedly have the urge to take pictures! The beautiful food is only further accented by the ambiance of Fujiya and the taste of the food. While sushi takes the spotlight at Fujiya, Mr. Endo offers other dishes, like popular fish dishes prepared in both traditional and modern Japanese techniques. Noodle dishes, teriyaki, steak and even short ribs are also available for patrons along with a great selection of appetizers. Salads are too, and dessert consists of delicious and unique Japanese ice cream choices. Like Mr. Endo, the staff members at Fujiya are dedicated to their customers and it is apparent all the way from the front door of Fujiya to the plate.
Sushi Tama, located just southeast of Jefferson Park in Tacoma, is a cozy restaurant specializing in sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese favorites. If choosing from the variety of options offered on the menu seems daunting, try the jyo combo. Featuring small portions of several types of sushi rolls, it is guaranteed to have something for every maki enthusiast in your group. If hot food is what you're after, order the chicken teriyaki. It comes with chicken served over rice and drizzled in sweet-and-savory teriyaki sauce, a side of vegetables and a cup of miso soup. Sushi Tama is open every day of the week except Sunday, so come on down and grab a bite for lunch or dinner.
It's no surprise that Akasaka Restaurant, named after a neighborhood in Tokyo, offers traditional Japanese specialties. Diners tuck into freshly sliced sashimi, seasonal imports of Kobe beef, and shabu shabu hot pots of seaweed-infused broth in which diners can simmer morsels of beef or seafood. But according to The Seattle Times, there's another showstopper: "It's hard to get past the great Korean food at this longtime Federal Way favorite."
On tabletop grills, guests can broil hand-cut short ribs, slices of scarlet bulgogi beef, and other korean meats to their liking. Servers present more than a dozen types of housemade kimchi and other korean banchan to accompany savory meals, along with glasses of sake, whiskey, and Asian beer.
Several culinary styles meet in the kitchen of Sushimaru, an Asian-fusion eatery. That's because the menu travels from Chinese appetizers such as egg rolls and gyoza dumplings to Korean classics such as bulgogi to Japanese teriyaki and bento boxes. Chefs fashion fresh ingredients into sashimi and fusion sushi rolls such as the Blue Mountain, which combines crabmeat and avocado with baked mozzarella, string potatoes, and blueberry jam.
Kaihana compiles a menu of traditional Asian fare elevated by a sterling selection of sushi rolls and delicately sliced sashimi. Three-course meals begin with a choice of a crab rangoon, stuffed gyoza, edamame, egg roll or a green salad appetizer. Diners can then order their favorite rice-wrapped tastes with a special roll––such as a Las Vegas roll, honeymoon roll, or hot night roll––and a maki sushi roll customized to their preference, allowing patrons to express themselves through food instead of the usual impromptu tabletop choreography. Like two sides of any seaweed-wrapped coin, California and tuna rolls come in a choice of spicy or mild, while salmon and vegetarian rolls are also available for un-meat eaters and those whose appetites are unable to adapt to Pacific Standard Time. Sweet teeth can conclude their epicurean journey with a choice of fruit bowl, ice cream, or a deep-fried banana topped with whipped cream and chocolate, and Kaihana's regular menu is also available for customers who wish to order additional eats (not included in the value of today's Groupon).