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.
Sushi chefs marry presentation and flavor in each roll they craft, striving to create a lineup of maki that is as aesthetically appealing as it is delicious. Inside the Tokyo Love Story roll, they intertwine two tempura-battered shrimps before layering in lobster salad, fresh mango, and sweet milk sauce. In their popular “OMG” roll, they pair seared tuna with salmon, eel, and a zesty mustard sauce. Cooks in the kitchen whip up teriyaki and noodle dishes over open flames, which are preferable to the flames that leave Gone Kindlin’ signs in their absence. They also host special events on occasion, such as four-course wine-tasting dinners.
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.
At Hikaru Sushi, seasoned chefs mold the sea's freshest specimens into more than 70 types of maki and nigiri. In addition to constructing classic California rolls from crab sticks and cucumbers, they whisk taste buds to the frontier of the sushi realm with colorful fruit maki and a deep-fried Virginia roll stuffed with asparagus, cream cheese, and yellowtail. The eponymous Hikaru bento box pairs a choice of five sushi rolls with hot teriyaki and an Asian amuse-bouche such as gyoza or shumai, and the Hikaru maki teams crispy shrimp tempura with a mayo that has more kick than a Rockette who took tae kwon do lessons as a child. To end the meal on a sweet note, guests can nibble desserts such as mango sherbet and tempura ice cream on the restaurant's outdoor patio.
Shrimp tails fly through the air. A flaming onion volcano erupts. Chefs twirl spatulas and basketballs on their fingers. In other words, it’s a typical day at Kobe Japanese Steaks and Sushi, where the hibachi chefs don’t merely make your meal—they also perform a dazzling show for their lunch and dinner guests.
In addition to the wowing diners with their hibachi cooking show, they delight with artfully prepared sushi rolls, drizzling colorful sauces onto salmon-topped rolls or heaping seaweed onto baby squid rolls. These sushi and hibachi dishes, plus noodle and teriyaki dishes, pair with imported Japanese beers and sake cocktails. Located in the heart of downtown Richmond, they also offer parking validation.
Prasit "Ken" Khachenrum's culinary journey spans more than 11,000 miles. In his native Thailand, the young chef began mastering the dishes of his home soil at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bangkok. Later, after landing a position with Commodore Cruise Lines, the globetrotting Khachenrum continued plying his skills while sailing beneath the Caribbean sun. Upon deciding to settle in Washington, DC, Chef Ken worked through the city's restaurant scene on his way to becoming sushi chef at Yosaku Japanese Restaurant, opening his first restaurant in Yorktown in 2002, and finally, opening Thaijindesu. Thaijindesu—translated from the Japanese word "romanji," meaning "Thai people"—invites guests into an elegant spiral of Thai and Japanese flavors. Chef Ken places bowls of steaming noodles and curries beside fresh rolls of sushi, uniting regional nuances on a single menu rather than uniting two menus with Velcro.