The diners can feel the heat of the charcoal grill, its sweltering vapor wafting sweet and smoky aromas from the marinated short-ribs sizzling at the center of the table. Surrounding the grill like spectators at a sports match, more than a dozen small bowls display a colorful assemblage of sautéed, blanched, and pickled veggies, each awaiting their fate to crown a slice of seared meat or mingle with a pillow of white rice. This is Korean-style barbecue, Rice Restaurant & Market’s specialty. Alongside the DIY feasts, chefs work in the kitchen to impart a Korean edge on stir-fry, stews, and noodle dishes, forging each morsel from scratch and often with ingredients grown in the owner's garden, according to the Tampa Bay Times. As tableside grills crackle in the rear of the restaurant, suffusive lighting finds its way beneath the awnings of private booths. A libation expert pours cocktails, sake, and traditional soju from behind a full bar, and on special nights, a late-night menu replenishes energy levels in between spins on the dance floor, where dancers fuel moves both with the beats of a live DJ and by convincing feet that the dance floor is a Korean grill.
Matoi Sushi has been a Tampa sushi institution since 1988, and their rolls just keep rollin' along! Matoi has a huge selection of sushi rolls, many of which have fun, creative names. You can even order a sushi boat if you bring a big group of friends--or if you're just super hungry. We won't judge! If sushi doesn't tickle your fancy, Matoi also offers a Korean menu, featuring Korean dishes such as bi bim bop and jam pong. restaurant boasts that it is the "best sushi in Tampa," so stop in for yourself to see if you agree!
Simply Delish's kitchen prodigies prepare house-made sauces to dress up a menu of family recipes inspired by Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. Don protective goggles before experiencing the plated energy of fusion starters such as seafood-coconut ceviche ($7.50) and veggie pot stickers served with garlic-soy vinaigrette ($4.90). Wax poetic with companions over show-stopping entrees—such as the bulgogi-beef bowl, featuring delicately carved rib eye soused in korean-barbecue sauce ($8.90), or the miso-glazed salmon ($8.90)—instead of poetically waxing upper lips to achieve a more literary look. While sipping coconut water ($2.25) or jasmine iced tea ($1.75), those with vegetarian songs to sing can duet with a savory tofu burger ($5.75) or panang curry with mixed veggies and silky tofu ($7.90) that doubles as a soy-rich ascot.