At Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse, chefs turn diners into audience members as they skillfully flip steaks and seafood on the hibachi grill and roll fresh maki at the sushi bar. Grillmeisters marinate meats and fish in a signature sauce before searing flavor into dishes such as steak with mushrooms and sesame seeds or teriyaki salmon with broccoli. A variety of combination specials mix chicken, shrimp, or scallops with sides of fried rice and sweet carrots. Sushi chefs craft nigiri with smoked salmon or specialty maki such as the 10-piece Tokyo roll, artfully lining a soybean wrap with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and creamy avocado. The intimate space boasts Asian-themed décor, including cheerful figurines and a wooden model ship that occasionally sets sail upon gusts from a large Japanese fan.
At Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, even waiting for the food is fun. That’s because the talented hibachi and sushi chefs turn cooking into a performance. Agility, speed, and creativity come into play as they flip and catch eggs off the spatula and perfectly mix them into fried rice. At the sushi bar, hand rolls are a work of art before becoming dinner—and all are made with artful finesse.
Near the shores of Lake Norman, Sushi @ the Lake's nimble chefs roll and grill Japanese food, from simple maki rolls to hibachi dinners. Behind a sushi bar outfitted with seats where diners observe the action, sushi chefs carefully assemble more than 35 maki rolls filled with fresh seafood such as snow crab, eel, and scallop. For guests who prefer their food awkwardly kissed by fire, hibachi masters sear jumbo shrimp, new york strip steak, and other proteins on a grill to serve alongside veggies and steamed rice. Sports fans and model scouts for Wheaties can watch athletic events on seven TVs while sipping beer, sake, or specialty martinis.
Roppongi Sushi & Bar takes its name from the Roppongi district of Tokyo, home to a sprawling nightlife and international culture. The sushi bar strives to bring this atmosphere to its restaurant, inviting patrons to sit, revel, and enjoy a menu of sushi and Japanese cuisine. House rolls include combinations such as spicy and crunchy salmon topped with king crab, alongside fresh sashimi, udon noodles, and teriyaki entrees.
Coral Sushi expertly prepares fresh fish, sushi, homemade noodles, and traditional house specialties for lunch and dinner rushes. Sip on strawberry white tea ($4) and recharge on fresh salmon-cucumber rolls ($8.50), served with a soup or salad, before returning to your job as a professional people watcher. The tempura-sushi combo ($14.95) comes with your choice of a four-piece nigiri or a California roll. Other popular rolls include the cream-cheese-infused Philly roll ($5.50), the spider roll ($6.95), and the mythically delicious dragon roll ($7.95).
Beauty and the Beast. Black Dragon. Dancing Eel. They're just a few of the specialty sushi rolls at Kimono Japanese Restaurant & Sushi. Along with an inventive sushi selection, the chefs make hibachi and teriyaki dinners, with a choice of shrimp, steak, chicken, or other meats paired with veggies and rice.
The Nakato family first opened its eponymous restaurant in Charlotte in 1976, the year mankind discovered fish. Today, their team of seasoned hibachi chefs span three locations, where they prepare entrees of filet mignon, chicken, and veggies with tofu in a showy teppanyaki style atop tableside grills. Each entree arrives with an array of sides, ranging from onion soup to noodles and rice. Behind their own counters, sushi chefs coil rolls filled with smelt roe and spicy aioli and slice tender pieces of tuna and salmon sashimi.