After sharpening his culinary skills in his native Japan at Monsel Ton Ton Restaurant in Tokyo and the five-star Westin Osaka, Chef Yamamoto Lee relocated to Milwaukee, where he now brings nearly 30 years of culinary experience to the kitchen at Midori Fusion. The eatery, which was featured as the Restaurant of the Month by Key Milwaukee, satiates cravings for Japanese cuisine with an extensive menu of appetizers—such as fried bean curd and tempura squid—and traditional entrees, including beef short ribs, tempura shrimp, and salmon teriyaki. Chef Lee also creates more than 70 classic and unique sushi and sashimi options, from a spicy tuna roll to the no-carb roll wrapped in crabmeat and Dr. Atkins' diploma.
TJ Thai and Japanese Steakhouse?s chefs slice and dice fresh ingredients over hibachi grills in dishes pulled from lunch and dinner menus that include more than 15 traditional sushi rolls. Grill masters craft flame-kissed shrimp, new york strip steak, and mahi-mahi dishes as diners look on, supporting main courses with an entourage of veggies and fried rice. Chefs bundle up compact sushi rolls, including spicy crab jalape?o and vegetable tempura, and pack Japanese lunch with california rolls, fried dumplings, and the ghosts of juice boxes past.
Savory scents beckon diners to the 14 hibachi tables inside Osaka Japanese Steakhouse. Like gymnasts tired of the same old floor routine, morsels of steak, chicken, or seafood tumble atop sizzling teppan grills as personal chefs prepare each meal. Alternatively, tables in the traditional dining room fill with fine pan-Asian fare, from pad thai and General Tso?s chicken to a wide selection of sushi. Osaka also boasts a full bar, a carry-out menu, and a private party room, and caters to families by offering kids their own exclusive bill of fare.
Kiku Japanese Cuisine nabbed numerous accolades in Express Milkwaukee ?s Best of Milwaukee 2012 and 2013 for lavishing guests with both a friendly staff that jots orders until 3 a.m. on weekends, and a vast menu of seafood-centric cuisine. Sushi chefs roll up more than 40 fillings into artfully plated sushi rolls, crowning their creations with creative flourishes such as fresh mango. Fish and vegetables can also transform from raw to sizzling with a dunk into tempura batter, which imparts a crispy golden sheen and keeps chopsticks too busy to assist with walrus impersonations.
Umami Moto showcases the very freshest ingredients prepared by leading chefs to give diners an amazing selection of foods designed to please any palate. Many recipes are taken from age-old Japanese collections. The miso soup and lobster chowder have layers of wonderful flavors. If you’re simply looking for a light meal, try something off the Small Plates menu. Choose from fried calamari, lettuce wraps, tuna poke, Korean short ribs and many others. The entrée menu continues with numerous delicious choices including kung pao chicken, shrimp fried rice and tuna with wasabi. On the nigiri menu, diners will enjoy smoked salmon, yellowtail, lobster, scallops, and many others. The selection of sushi rolls is extensive and includes avocado rolls, salmon roll, and kampyo roll to name a few. The inside out rolls are tasty but save room for the umami signature sushi plates.
Japanica is a Milwaukeean restaurant that serves some of the best Japanese food in the area. Their hibachi rivals the best you’ve ever had- hardly a surprise considering how the restaurant goes out of its way to get the finest, juiciest slices of beef which it sears to perfection for your culinary pleasure. The scallops are fresh, firm and sweet- the day’s catch. Some other delicious dishes to sample here include the Temaki, California rolls, and miso soup. Their extensive sake collection is perfect for mixing and matching with their selection of mouthwatering sushi rolls. The cutesy decorative parasols and authentic shoji screen dividers give Japanica a charming far-eastern identity that makes dining there a feast for the senses.