Live Sushi Bar and Live Sushi Bistro blend tradition with innovation in the rice-wrapped fish arts at both welcoming restaurants. Both distinct locations share lunch, dinner, and drink menus, as well as experienced staff and sushi chefs who demonstrate their skills at a sushi bar outfitted with seats for dining spectators.
A Sampling of Sushi
Some Not-Sushi Options
Sudachi Sushi & Korean BBQ’s menu brims with classic teriyaki and bulgogi as well as eclectic variants such as chicken katsu quesadillas and vegetable teriyaki burritos. Chefs assemble a slate of premium sushi rolls with names such as the Rodeo Roll, What the Heck Roll, and Las Vegas Roll.
Like the tectonic layers of our combustible planet’s crust, sushi stacks flavorful ingredients that erupt with explosive taste when agitated by the movement of toothy fault plates. Sushi Rika’s menu offers a varied selection of modern Japanese cuisine and delectable sushi tidbits. Bait chopstick pincers with an artfully crafted specialty roll, such as the Godzilla roll with unagi, cream cheese, and jalapeno ($11.95), or the India express roll with shiro maguro, yellowtail, scallion, and curry powder ($9.95). Sushi and sashimi options pair rice and fresh fish with the tantalizing simplicity of an edible abacus, offering squid nigiri pieces ($4.25) and a 12-piece mix of sashimi ($20.95). Appetizers include taste-bud-revving bites such as fried oysters ($8.95) and gyoza ($5.95), while dinner options flash flavorful plates such as beef udon or soba noodles ($11.95) and charbroiled chicken teriyaki ($12.95). Additionally, a convenient central location provides plenty of free parking for amphibious vehicles and seahorses.
Ahn Sushi & Soju stocks barren bellies with fresh Japanese and Korean menu items reeled in from all corners of the oceanic fish bowl, and slakes gullets with sake and signature soju cocktails, colossal libations mixed in hollowed fruits. The unagi sushi's barbecue-infused eel ($5) seduces taste buds while a quintet of toro sashimi ($25.95) softly croons melodies of the seafaring life. Take piscatorial matters into your own hands with the bento box combo dinner, which cordons off a trio of customer-culled fare, such as a crab-stuffed california roll, tangy chicken teriyaki, or a spicy tuna roll ($17.95). Chefs draw upon Korean muses to craft the boneless beef jumuluck kalbi, bathed in a special house sauce ($19.95), or the saeng kalbi, charcoal barbecued short ribs ($19.95).
Stripped-Down Sushi | Tokyo-Style Kitsch | Underground Dining (Literally)
When to Go: Happy-hour discounts run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and you’ll probably have more luck getting a seat right away.
While You Wait
Kenchin-style soup: a soup that incorporates hearty, all-vegan ingredients, including lots of root vegetables, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms. It originates from Japan’s Buddhist temple culture.
Tsukune: Japanese chicken meatballs, often cooked on a skewer and covered in a sweet soy-based sauce.
While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Peruse the eclectic wares at A&G Merch, which sells everything from acacia-wood coffee tables to whale-shaped bottle openers (2279 Market Street). After: End the night with a seasonal cocktail and a game of pool at Blackbird (2124 Market Street).