Shogun Palace owners Peter and Kevin Sun place a premium on presentation. Besides bedecking their restaurant with eye-catching décor details—from glowing paper lanterns to an arched wooden bridge—they also hired a chef skilled in style sushi, an inventive method of plating fresh fish. Under his skilled supervision, Shogun's specialty rolls are artistically piled in towers, drizzled in sauces, and transformed into edible art. In addition, hibachi grills located in the center of the restaurant give guests up-close views of chefs flipping utensils and stoking flames as they prepare hot meals from shrimp, scallop, steak, and lobster. Patrons looking to round out meals can ask the fish in the indoor koi pond for recommendations from among Shogun's seven Chinese dishes.
The Bam roll. The Boss Hog roll. The Prism roll. California Rollin II's Master Sushi Chef, Tom Beaman, Sr., has crafted a menu of sushi rolls with names as inventive as the ingredients they contain. The Leviathan roll towers above tabletops, much of its girth comprised of tempura shrimp and sesame-seaweed salad splashed with eel sauce. Beaman’s other rolls evince the same level of creativity, incorporating bacon, crunchy onions, or barbecue sauce to keep diners on their toes.
California Rollin' Sushi Bar's crew of nimble-fingered sushi slingers prepare fresh sushi rolls and 70 cooked comestibles to populate an extensive Americanized menu. Raw delicacies include the hamachi maki, which corrals lemon-kissed yellowtail and scallions, and the cooked Cinema roll, whose shrimp and avocado add a cool complement to the tangy crunch of onion rings. The Leviathan roll ensconces bites of eel and cucumber inside another rolled layer of tempura shrimp and seaweed salad. Patrons can accompany each meal with with unique dessert rolls such as the tempura-cheesecake roll with a fried Oreo and draughts of hot sake, the traditional Japanese beverage made from fermented rice.
Revamped by new owner Mark Teng in 2004, Plum House stays true to its traditional culinary focus, serving Asian dishes in a dining room with suspended paper lamps that hang above tableside foliage. Chefs slice through white tuna, snow crab, and fatty salmon, fashion specialty rolls with names such as Blossom and Tarantula, and pour teriyaki sauce over chicken and seafood. Combination lunch boxes provide ample servings of teriyaki or tempura fare in a format that has proven timeless, unlike Mercury Rising–branded lunch boxes.
For more than a quarter century, Arigato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar has sated appetites with authentic Japanese cuisine, from sautéed meats and veggies sizzling on the hibachi grill to fresh cuts of sushi snuggled in sheets of seaweed. Warm bowls of onion soup accompany entrees such as thick-cut sirloin steak and Alaskan salmon, and cool pockets of rice pad the sweet and tart flavors of specialty sushi such as the classic california roll, so named for its place of origin amid the Pacific Ocean's briny waves of surfable soy sauce.
Diners fade into soft focus through the steam rising from hot-pot dishes, which simmer in iron or clay cauldrons atop tables. The warm vapor hints at slices of beef, crabmeat, and deep-fried shrimp, and the table-top preparation slows meals to a pleasant crawl and draws patrons together. Nearby, clattering blades and spatulas orbit chefs at hibachi grills, where steak, salmon, and lemon-doused lobster crackle against the hot surface. At the sushi bar, nimble cooks twist rolls, slip knives through sashimi, and wrap sheets of seaweed around fish that still have their watches set to Atlantis time.