Whether they're delicately rolling rice around veggies and seafood or arranging a visually arresting plate, Soya Sushi Bar & Bistro's culinary experts approach every step of their sushi making with artistry. They fill rolls with ingredients such as quail eggs and fatty tuna and craft california roll variations such as the Lion King, a cali roll with caviar sauce, which never fails to send guests home with a hankering for Elton John's unique brand of adult-contemporary piano rock. Sushi aside, chefs douse Chilean sea bass in a sweet miso sauce, whip up classic tempura udon, and pair stir-fried veggies with hibachi-style lobster tail, chicken, and scallops. Meals unfold in the oceanfront restaurant's serene dining room, which surrounds guests with Japanese-inspired decor.
It might seem like a contradiction that Volcano Sushi Bar specializes in uncooked fish. But the “volcanic” part of the restaurant’s name comes into play in the restaurant’s spicier signature seafood rolls, such as the Spicy Omy God roll, the Volcano roll, and the Spicy Tuna roll, as well as in the decor, which features warm orange and yellow walls. Beyond the fiery realm, the chefs assemble a wide variety of artful sushi that incorporates yellowtail, eel, and smoked salmon as well as vegetarian options such as the sweet-potato roll. You also can find a multitude of other Japanese staples on the menu, such as yakisoba, crispy-tempura shrimp, and teriyaki salmon.
Sake tickles taste buds with a mountainous menu of artfully presented Japanese dishes. Amp up your appetite with starters such as lightly breaded scallop tempura ($6.95) or tuna tataki ($8.95). Creatively presented sushi rolls fill the cylindrical void in stomachs with options such as the vegetarian-friendly Farm roll, packed with lettuce, carrot, avocado, and cucumber and crowned with seaweed salad ($7.95), and a specialty cucumber-, tamago-, tuna-, and crab-padded Butterfly roll, reinforced with flying buttresses of shrimp and avocado ($9.95). Dive chopsticks first into a steak teriyaki dinner entree with white rice and steamed Asian vegetables ($14.95) or shrimp-, scallop-, and crab-laced seafood soba noodles ($12.95). Lunch specials, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, range from shrimp tempura served with soup and rice ($6.95) to customizable lunch-box meals ($6.95).
Chiba Japanese Steakhouse takes taste buds on a culinary walkabout of the Far East with steak house favorites and traditional Japanese dishes, including tempura and sushi. Each satisfying teppanyaki lunch high-fives appetites with a heartwarming soup, veggies, and steamed rice before filling bellies with juicy sirloin hibachi steaks ($8.50) or flavorful teriyaki chicken ($5.75). For dinner, tempting steak house standbys, such as the ritzy steak and lobster ($20.95), two-step with traditional Japanese specialties, including a lightly fried pork katsudon ($7.95) or a shrimp and chicken nabeyaki udon ($13.95). Chiba whets aquatic appetites and attracts well-behaved land sharks with sushi platters such as the yellowtail, tuna, and california roll maki combo ($11.95), or a 12-piece sashimi plate ($15.95).
Though shoji screens, wall-mounted Japanese fans, and natural-wood tones lend a calming simplicity to the decor, Geisha Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar doesn't lack for spectacle. At hibachi stations, chefs entertain diners with witty banter and flashy knife skills as they sear orders of filet mignon, scallops, or lobster tail on the tables' hot-grill surfaces. Behind a wooden bar, sushi chefs adopt a more reserved stance, quietly accessorizing maki with premium ingredients, including shitake mushrooms, spicy sesame oil, and pickled radish.
Tokyoto Japanese Restaurant's hibachi-sizzled meats and dazzling array of sushi and sashimi flourish in a softly lit habitat of simple leather seating, dark wood floors, and walls adorned with Japanese calligraphy and rustic stones. The vast menu enfolds more than three dozen specialty rolls flecked with spicy and creamy accents, more-traditional seafood pieces, and hot dishes built around steak, scallops, and shrimp. Creative, whimsical presentations mean that diners might find a saucy drawing of a cartoon cat beside their sushi roll, in a blend of art and marine life rivaling van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Manta Ray. In the spacious main dining room, a backlit bar casts a futuristic neon yellow glow, and the tatami room recalls ancient times with floor mats for kneeling and hanging lanterns lit by artisanal light bulbs.