Behind the unassuming red-brick exterior of Domo Sushi lie works of art. Valentine rolls topped with spicy crab and sprinkled with red tobiko pop against white plates. At a different table, decadent lobster rolls pair pink tails with delicate pieces of sushi, all surrounded by an artistically drizzled, spicy dipping sauce. Clearly, the chefs are dedicated to creating an upscale dining experience suitable for a night out. But they didn't forget the lunch crowd, which benefits from mix-and-match bento boxes.
Nara Sushi's raw-friendly artisans mold fresh seafare into edible artwork ranging from minimalist nigiri to a selection of 30 exotic maki rolls. Gastronomes can stick with sushi standards such as the Maki dinner ($11.50), a just-like-mom-used-to-roll trio of california, tuna, and yellowtail rolls, or traverse more adventurous territory with the Virginia roll ($4.50), which comes with mayo, shrimp, crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, and an acceptance letter to Virginia Tech. While nigiri enthusiasts nosh on conch ($2.25), octopus ($2), and flying-fish roe ($2), diners interested in heat-induced flavorings will delight at the eatery's gyoza ($4.95), or pan-fried pork dumplings, and lunch-friendly bento boxes ($9), in which chicken or beef teriyaki lounge atop steamed rice. Japanese-influenced desserts, including green-tea ice cream ($3) and tempura cheesecake ($4.50), close the meal with cohesive flavor notes.
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).
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.
Chiba Japanese Steakhouse offers a wide-ranging menu, full of traditional Asian cuisine that appeals to carnivorous steak lovers, green-eating omnivores, and sea-fare favorers alike. Edamame ($3.75) and a pair of Japanese egg rolls ($2.95) can serve as a prequel to more-robust fare. Kitchen dinners, which are served with miso soup, salad, and steamed rice, include the tempura dinner ($13.95), which finds both shrimp and vegetables dipped in butter and lightly fried. Japanese noodle and rice dinners ($7.95–$13.95) form the menu's delicious center, and sushi-bar offerings fill the raw-fish-sized holes halfway between diners' hearts and stomachs. The maki combo ($11.95) joins tuna, yellowtail, and one California roll, whereas the una ju ($15.95) gently lays vegetable-broiled eel on a bed of seasoned rice.