Google, Safari, and PowerPoint all share something special: a place on the sushi menu at Otto Sushi & Seafood. At least, they inspire some of the tongue-in-cheek rolls that chefs create there. The Google roll hugs avocado and fried shrimp inside fried rice; the Safari roll is composed of crab, avocado, and cream cheese; and the PowerPoint roll includes asparagus, cheese, and fried fish in soy paper with squid salad on top. The rolls represent the Japanese portion of the menu, but chefs also pay homage to Mexico and America through cooked seafood plates—try the spicy à la diabla fish or shrimp for a taste.
A vibrant Asian eatery, Aka Japanese Restaurant serves up fresh cuisine via tableside Teppanyaki grilling, sushi rolls, and more. The family-friendly establishment provides a lunch menu with plentiful bento-box options ($8.95–$12.95), each of which includes miso soup, rice, salad, four California rolls, two crab rangoons, and your choice of an entree such as Japanese-style steak, chicken, shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura, or sashimi. The hibachi dinner menu boasts entrees prepared in front of diners at the Teppanyaki grill, such as the chicken teriyaki served with vegetables, rice, and soup or salad ($12.95), and the sushi bar keep meals deliciously raw with various sushi and rolls, such as the fish lover's volcano roll—whose California roll foundation is topped with baked scallop, shrimp, and salmon ($8.95)—or the spicy-crab-filled black-dragon roll, a fire-breathing wrap of cucumber, boiled shrimp, eel, avocado, and special sauces ($13).
SushiBar isn’t easily defined. The pan-Asian eatery draws inspiration from traditional Asian culinary techniques and modern methods. This eclectic acumen extends to the space itself, which transforms into a pleasant brunch site on Sunday afternoons—just a few hours after it is a DJ-driven, dance-centric chess club. Chefs assemble more than 60 sushi rolls—incorporating everything from blackened tuna and jalapeño to spicy crab and bell pepper—but they also introduce Pacific Rim flavors into familiar Western dishes. Beyond the brunch selection's hash of guillotine-sliced Chinese sausage and shiitake mushrooms, the regular menu features pork-belly tacos with kimchi and sliders with poached salmon and puréed avocado.
TakeNiwa melds Japanese, Chinese, and Thai flavors into a delectable culinary chimera. Sushi hounds can sample from an extensive list of creative rolls and sashimi, with seaworthy selections such as the popcorn lobster roll with crabmeat and deep fried lobster ($12.50), or house specialties including the siracha-drizzled, crab-and-tuna-filled monkey brain roll ($10), which packs enough flavorful power to excuse the misleading nature of its name. Grill enthusiasts can marvel at fresh-flamed entrees prepared tableside via hibachi, choosing meaty morsels such as steak ($21.05) and salmon ($19.95). In addition to plentiful plates, TakeNiwa sports a generous array of sippable sakes, inventive mixed drinks, and an ample selection of globally sourced beers for the liquid-leaning.
Clean, sleek lines cut through the Bistro D’Asia’s lipstick-red dining room as servers dance between dark wood tables, balancing plates piled high with Asian-fusion fare that stems from all over the continent. Delicacies from vietnamese crepes and pork dumplings to mongolian beef or hunan-style stir-fried chicken vie for attention with specialty sushi rolls packed with shrimp tempura, freshwater eel, and soft-shell crab.
Shogun Restaurant Japanese Steak House's culinary artists tightly wrap sushi rolls at a glass-front sushi bar and flip and fry meat, fish, and veggies at tableside hibachi grills. A fleet of specialty rolls includes the Sky Diver roll with soft-shell crab and eel and the Shaggy Dog roll, layered with shrimp tempura and crab. Shogun’s chefs can also roll single-fish classics such as tuna, salmon, and yellowtail—the fish least likely to clash with a yellow plate or an outfit made of Post-it notes.