Sam Jung always wanted to own a restaurant. He began saving money at age 18, and launched his first eatery, J Sushi Restaurant, at the age of 23, all while a student at UNT. Three years later, Sam and his team of chefs and servers still float mountains of fresh sushi to customers on boat-shaped platters. They weight the decks of the mini vessels with creations such as the crispy roll—a deep fried combination of tuna, salmon, and Hamachi—or the cu kani maki, which replaces the traditional seaweed wrapping with thinly-sliced cucumber. Sam also crafts creative specialty rolls, such as the cherry blossom roll, which is presented as petal shaped pieces wrapped in pink tuna after being harvested from the freshest sushi trees.
At Geisha Steak and Sushi Restaurant, fine dining mingles with culinary arts in a creative menu of Japanese specialties cooked over open flames or rolled fresh on the sushi bar. While juggling the entire food pyramid over the hibachi grill, chefs combine meats such as chicken and calamari, filet mignon and shrimp, and steak and lobster with steamed rice and assorted veggies. Meats sizzle as mounds of noodles brown atop the grill and mix with tangy sauces that land somewhere between salty and sweet, like a grizzled sailor’s love letters. The chefs condition taste buds to swoon over cylindrical foods by creating specialty rolls such as the flash-fried White Dragon roll with tuna, salmon, and avocado, or the Fuji-san, composed of shrimp tempura, snow crabs and spicy mayo. Their desserts—such as banana tempura, fried strawberry cheesecake, and mochi ice cream made from rice—deliciously round out meals, leaving otherwise noisy stomachs pleasantly subdued and receptive to patting.
The kaleidoscopic swirls of sauce that encircle most sushi rolls at Blue Ocean would be dizzying if they didn’t look so delicious. Each of the beautifully plated chef’s special rolls features innovative use of fresh fish with some unexpected ingredients. The Cajun roll works spicy crawfish into the mix and the Texas roll wraps spicy beef and spinach into individual bites. In addition to sushi, the restaurant's full bar bolsters the menu, which boasts a variety of cooked entrees, such as Vietnamese vermicelli noodle dishes and Hibachi dinners that include rib eye steak and grilled chicken with lemongrass.
From the fresh fish spun into the decadent sushi rolls to the salt on the table, every element of Sushiism Restaurant + Social Lounge is handpicked by the owners, Tomo and Siri Inoue. Head-chef Tomo crafts delicate bites ranging from chicken katsu and tapas-style plates of soft-shell crab and yakitori to 30 specially designed sushi rolls and 10 types of nigiri. Filet mignon sizzles up mealtime entertainment when cooked on 700-degree volcanic stones taken from a dragon’s rock garden and positioned at tables in the black-and-red dining room or on the airy outdoor patio.