Inside Kyoto Japanese Steak House, guests sit at large hibachi tables with a close-up view of chefs cooking scallops, filet mignon, chicken, and lobster. More than 80 traditional Japanese and Thai dishes are grilled up by hibachi chefs, and 25 specialty rolls take shape in the hands of sushi chefs, who combine ingredients such as soft-shell-crab tempura, flounder, and submarine meat. Above the dark-wood floor of the dining room, a curved bar serves up sake and fruit-infused cocktails.
At Shogun Japanese and Chinese Bistro, cooks amass an army of fresh ingredients to fire up on a griddle at diners’ tables. Here, shrimp, calamari, and sirloin morph into hibachi-style dinners as they sizzle in the heat and tumble through the air with the help of the chef’s spatula. Fresh fish and rice converge to form sushi such as the crispy roll #24, whose salmon and yellowtail flaunt a sauce as sweet and spicy as a valentine from a jalapeño pepper. The Chinese section of the menu brims with house specialties such as beef with stir-fried string beans and family-style meals of shrimp kow and almond chicken.
Ninja Sushi's maki have always boasted an elegant presentation, sailing to tables on boat-shaped platters bedecked in plant garnishes, candles, and colorful sushi pieces on every horizontal surface. Now, after four months of renovations, the owners can say the same of their decor. They appointed their dining room in warm, earthy tones, perfectly complemented by a splash of red paint behind the white stone sushi bar. Of course, they still whip up impressive cargos of sushi to put on their boat platters, alongside with Japanese and Korean kitchen entrees which come on more traditional plates, which are the flatware equivalent of river barges.
At Dylan’s, customers find themselves contemplating a generous spread of entrees and tapas, sushi, and an extensive wine list. For starters, patrons can slurp a bowl of clam chowder ($7) or chomp on single pieces of red-snapper (tai, $3), bluefin-tuna (toro, $8), or squid (ika, $2.75) sushi, then transition to a plate of lobster mac 'n' cheese ($8) or flash-fried coconut shrimp with pepper jelly ($11). After a sweet helping of Japanese– inari tofu-vegetable rolls (6 pieces, $5) or a squid-and-octopus tako salad ($7.50), omnivorous eaters can set their appetites at ease with a serving of beef-tenderloin tips tossed with whole-wheat pasta ($20), a 12-piece sashimi combination plate ($22.50) served with sushi rice, or a platter of frog legs ($15) in hot-pink leotards. Clogged body pipes can then be flushed with a glass of Cartlidge & Browne sauvignon blanc ($9), Latour chardonnay ($7), or Montoya pinot noir ($9).
Iguana Sushi Bar's each delight senses with artfully prepared sushi, tempura, and nigiri. Arrive with the verve of a talk show host and seat your special guest before beginning a sushi-centric back and forth to decide on two small rolls such as the spicy crab ($7) and lightly crunchy shrimp tempura ($9.50) eagerly awaiting a skinny dip into Iguana's signature sauce. With chopsticks or sterilized knitting needles in hand, diners can go diving through a bowl of miso ($3.50) and then roll a six-sided die to decide upon a large specialty roll divvied up into 8 to 10 pieces. The volcano roll erupts with spicy crab, sweet potato, tempura, and fish roe ($16.50), and the black widow roll weaves a web of flavour with tempura, eel, smoked salmon, shrimp tempura, avocado, and cream cheese ($16).
At Tokyo Sushi & Grill, chefs spin out plates of authentic Asian eats alongside a sumptuous spread of quality sushi. Fish fans can fill their tuna tanks with mouthwatering morsels of white tuna ($2.25), yellowtail ($2.25), belly tuna ($4.25), or spicy tuna ($6.50), or mix and match any number of specialty sushi items to create a custom conglomeration of fresh fish, sticky rice, and chopped veggies. Complementing the sushi-heavy repertoire, Tokyo Sushi & Grill draws from the deep wells of Japanese and Thai culinary traditions. The shrimp tempura finds deep-fried succulent jumbo shrimp sharing prime plate real estate with battered vegetables and a tangy dipping sauce ($7.95 for lunch; $9.95 for dinner), and the crazy noodles entree earns its name by throwing together egg noodles, onions, carrots, pea pods, and bean sprouts in a mad mash-up, paired with your choice of protein and 17 copies of The Catcher in the Rye ($7.95–$10.95).