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.
Fin Sushi & Sake Bar knows that one way of showing respect for classic recipes is to play with them. The menu presents guests with two types of appetizers: traditional and fusion. On one side, edamame and gyoza tempt with rich, familiar tastes. The other list showcases tempura-stuffed peppers and julienned potatoes topped with crawfish and cheese. The chefs aren't even afraid to slide their sushi into the oven—the baked-snapper roll basks in the heat alongside garlic butter—though they prep snow crab, tuna, and salmon in several uncooked staples as well. This creativity rewards diners with both proven Japanese entrees and inventively flavored plates.
To accompany the food, a compilation of more than 30 hand-selected sakes delivers tastes that range from sweet and citrusy to dry and complex. Brimming cups cross over a luminous blue bar on their way to tables. Hanging, rectangular drapes border the booths in the middle of the dining room, crafting an intimate eating space without the use of walls or chopstick picket fences.
Chef David Oh mans the sushi bar at Sushi Yokohama, where customers can watch him create and serve up fresh fish creations in sashimi, maki roll, and tempura form, all made to order to ensure freshness. He piles spicy tuna, crab and rice into towers that can be demolished as an appetizer and assembles combos for those who want to sample a whole school of fish. Land-based entrees get their due, as well; the menu includes teriyaki dishes and udon noodles.