The chefs at Samurai's Cuisine don?t hide in the kitchen. Their cooking skills are on full display as they chop and set fire to chicken, steak, and seafood aplenty right at diner?s tables. The chefs cook food on a special hibachi grill, and they encourage guests to cheer as they flip pieces of shrimp high in the air and put a match to a tower crafted from onion rings. Across the eatery, a textured wave wall overlooks sushi chefs as they slices avocados, tuna, and jalape?os, tucking the combination into a maki roll topped with eel sauce and a dollop of spicy mayo. Meals are accented with martinis and thimbles of cognac. Alternatively, guests can have a server pluck a wine bottle from the floor-to-ceiling rack for the entire table to share.
Basil Asian Bistro is a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant placing emphasis on freshness and food quality. The sushi menu, created by the classically trained Nobuo Kobayashi, would best be described as elegant, yet modern Japanese cuisine. Come visit one of Franklin's local independent establishments, and escape the norm.
Hayashi boasts a bevy of edible options in its upscale buffet-style confines, offering all-you-can-eat portions of sushi, salad, seafood, soup, and hibachi for lunch and dinner, as well as plated entrees and sushi rolls. Outfit a hungering maw with a steady stream of Japanese cuisine at the lunch ($9.95–$10.95) or dinner ($12.95–$13.95) buffet, which features a treasure trove of nigiri, sashimi, sushi rolls, tempura, salad, and more, sans convoluted ownership laws.
There's no need to read a menu at Bodeli Sushi, a Franklin restaurant featured on 10Best. Instead, just turn your eyes to the rotating belt that carries dishes of sushi, dumplings, and Asian appetizers around the sushi bar. Diners select whichever plates appeal to them, tallying the cost by noting each plate's color-coded ring. The eatery's chef will also soon be introducing Korean dishes to the menu.
Ensconced in wooden accents and dotted with Japanese artwork, Sakura Japanese Restaurantserves up handcrafted morsels in a cozily festive atmosphere. Diners can perch at sleek wooden tables or along the curved bar, stealing glimpses of chefs painstakingly rolling sushi or slicing meats and veggies with precision. A cascading stone garden brimming with verdant plants lounges in the corner, and a TV sits high in the ornate shelf behind the bar, entertaining guests with the delightful sight of colorful pixels arranging themselves in the exact pattern of tomorrow’s weather.
Ru San’s chefs blend the subtle flavors of timeless Japanese cooking with the artistry of contemporary cuisine, creating edible masterpieces of fresh sushi, umami noodle dishes, and tender-seafood steaks. Diners sample delicate morsels of roe or smoked-shrimp nigiri, or dive into plates of specialty sushi maki, artfully plated to create likenesses of cucumber flower stalks and red-tuna valentine hearts. Far from a mere sushi bar, Ru San employs chefs that can bring to life a wealth of savory ramen and soba soups, crispy, dippable tempuras, and elegant seafood dishes—such as the sweet mocha cake scallops, or soy-butter grilled sea bass.