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.
Sun Cafe’s chefs handpick produce from pesticide-free gardens, and they ship in fresh fish and meat daily for their vast menu of Thai, Japanese, and Asian delicacies. The chefs tuck seafood into more than 20 traditional sushi rolls and 17 house-specialty rolls at the sushi bar, creating such rolls as the Sunset Boulevard—steamed lobster, crab, shrimp, and avocado topped with mango and caviar. They realize that many people are not enthusiastic about eating raw fish, so they include many cooked sushi options on the menu too.
They also simmer Thai curries and udon noodle bowls and plate Chinese classics such as general tso’s chicken. In addition to the familiar Pan-Asian dishes, the menu introduces more obscure offerings such as crispy-duck noodle soup, steamed cod, and deep-fried air.
The culinary artisans at Phuket Thai Restaurant sling a menu of Thai cuisine and sushi rolls as colorful as the eatery's yellow and red walls. Coconut milk–infused curries and noodle dishes share plate real estate with house specialties such as roasted duck curry and spicy catfish, as well as more than 25 sushi rolls packed with fresh seafood and vegetables. Steaming pans also sizzle gluten-free and vegetarian entrees, and chefs gladly accommodate requests for varying levels of spice and sentience. Asian artwork dots the walls throughout the dining room, lending to an overall vibe of soothing east-Asian calm.
Hibachi Express's chefs fry up popular Asian dishes using authentic Japanese cooking techniques. On piping-hot hibachi grills, they sauté scallops, pork chops, and crisp veggies while firing up noodles to create savory yaki-soba dishes or wigs for self-conscious shumai dumplings. They also whip up Japanese barbecue and lemon sauces to punch up the flavor of their crispy chicken and pork katsu and keep spoons gainfully employed in bowls of miso or hot-and-sour soup.
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.