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.
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.
Tokyo Japanese Steak House is a feast for the eyes, nose, and ears as well as the mouth. In addition to "laser lights in the lobby" and "sushi in martini glasses," as noted by Nashville Scene, hibachi chefs stand by your table and make theater out of food preparation, tossing around teriyaki meats and tofu dishes and making puppet shows with chopsticks.
There’s also a wide selection of sushi here. Try the signature Tennessee roll, which incorporates spicy tuna topped with fish, eel sauce, and tempura flakes. Also worth a try: the barbecue eel over sushi rice.
Taking its name from one of Japan's most enduring cultural symbols, Mt. Fuji, Fujiyama treats guests to a smorgasbord of Japanese fare, from morsels of sashimi and handrolled maki, to sizzling hibachi steaks and savory noodle dishes. Guests can slurp udon soups with fish cake and veggie tempura or dine on hearty plates of hibachi surf-and-turf or breaded pork katsu. Fans of traditional sushi can pick up flying fish roe or tuna nigiri, while more adventurous tasters can tackle the Nashville roll, a maki stuffed with salmon and masago before being deep fried and shaped to resemble Andrew Jackson's coiffure.