At each of Drunken Fish's upscale restaurants, chefs create traditional and specialty sushi, along with stir-frys and other Japanese entrees. Fresh tuna nigiri and 10 oz Teriyaki glazed strip steak make for tasty pairings with signature cocktails, such as the Madame Butterfly with raspberry vodka, mango puree, and pineapple juice. Drunken Fish has four convenient locations within St. Louis, each featuring modern decor.
Drunken Fish has won several awards and achievements for their fare, as they have been named Favorite Japanese/Sushi Restaurant by Sauce Magazine's Reader's Choice and have earned accolades for Best Sushi by both the Riverfront Times Reader's Choice and Alive Magazine People's Choice Hot List.
The chefs at Kampai Sushi Bar draw on recipes from traditional Japanese and Korean cuisine to create classic dishes as well as playfully updated fare. Behind the sushi bar, they roll maki with fresh slices of salmon and decadent chunks of fried lobster tail, adding nontraditional flair with ingredients such as sweet pumpkin, honey-wasabi sauce, or potato chips. For heartier entrees, they can grill marinated korean short ribs or drizzle a deep-fried pork loin in a slightly sugary fruit sauce, the same way attorneys prepare briefs for sweet-toothed Supreme Court justices.
Though Sushi Ai has recently opened its sixth location, it still shows the same dedication to classic Japanese cuisine. Sushi remains the star of the menu, ranging from single pieces of pepper tuna and spicy scallop sushi and sashimi, to delicate hand rolls that mingle crispy salmon skin and cucumber. Standout special rolls include the World Series roll?packed with soft-shell crab tempura, tuna, eel, avocado, tobiko, and tempura chips?whose original recipe was pitched from Japan in 1919. The restaurant also features all-you-can-eat sushi. Rich soups with udon noodles and medleys of seafood or vegetables join Sushi Ai's other cooked entrees, such as chicken fried rice or beef and shrimp saut?ed on a hibachi grill.
Sushi is a complex world of flavors, textures, and colors that may seem intimidating at first. Wasabi Sushi Bar’s wide variety of more than 50 rolls offers something for everyone, such as simple california and bluefin rolls for the sushi newbie and adventurous items such as a Playboy or Crazy roll for those delving deeper into the realm of maki.
Yellowfin tuna and cucumber slices fill the simpler rolls, and shrimp tempura and avocado cut the delicate brine flavor of barbecued eel in other offerings. The sushi chefs also liberally sprinkle a housemade tempura crunch topping at the sushi bar, and New York strip steaks crackle beneath spicy teriyaki sauces at the grill. Options such as yaki-soba, teriyaki chicken, and udon are also available.
Bold flavors infuse Mizu Sushi Bar's menu of nigiri sushi, maki rolls, and cooked pan-Asian dishes. Spicy garlic sauce erupts from the Screaming Volcano roll, and tangy housemade teriyaki clings to charbroiled chicken and beef. Korean BBQ entrees such as beef ribs and bulgogi add international flavor, like the parts of Three Stooges films where Moe swears in Javanese. And for those who prefer less spice, tempura shrimp and veggies hide inside crisp batter, and udon noodles swirl in mild broth.
Though located in the trendy Washington Avenue district, Mizu's industrial-style space is "spacious and sleek without seeming hipper than thou," according to the Riverfront Times. Track lighting dangles from an exposed ceiling next to flat-screen TVs and a wall-mounted sculpture of tortoises striving to be seen as more than just potential eyeglass frames.
For creative and flavorful sushi rolls, visit Blue Ocean Sushi.
Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed down fare.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Blue Ocean Sushi's full bar.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Blue Ocean Sushi just as much as their parents do.
The patio seating at Blue Ocean Sushi is perfect for those warm summer days.
You pup can accompany you to Blue Ocean Sushi, which welcomes dogs.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the sushi spot dress informally.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Menu items at Blue Ocean Sushi tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.