Within the geisha-adorned stained-glass doors at Sakura, chefs serve up a tasty array of Asian favorites and sushi specialties in an elegant atmosphere outfitted with mosaic murals, warm cherry accents, and traditional Japanese artwork. Sushi artisans delight diners by handcrafting classic and unique rolls behind a granite bar before comically slipping on tempura banana peels. The Pitch dubs the unexpected décor accents, such as stuffed pandas and a curtain of plastic crystals, as a “blend of the glamorous and the absurd,” also proclaiming that Sakura is “a good date restaurant” because of its mood lighting and romantic music.
Within Blue Yuu’s kitchen, chefs harmonize influences from Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Korean cuisine. Sushi chefs wrap rice and fresh fish with sheets of nori as servers deliver sizzling iron plates of Szechuan-style seafood and black pepper beef. Hot stoneware cossets bibimbaps, which consist of vegetables, kimchi, egg, and hot sauce. Dulcet sauces coat Chinese dishes such as mango chicken and General Tso’s chicken, and provide contrast to fiery Thai curries.
Samurai Chef's chefs slice and dice a diverse menu of food right at the restaurant's smokeless hibachi tables. Customers seeking a detour from the hibachi highway can start their feast with the beef kabob ($4.95), pork dumplings ($4.25), or the fried soft shell crab ($6.95). Carnivorous meat lovers can explore the hibachi options including New York steak ($17.95), salmon ($16.95), and teriyaki duck ($16.95), or combinations such as the samurai seafood lovers dinner, featuring lobster accompanied by sousaphone-playing shrimp and saxophone-tooting scallops from the ocean's underwater jazz band ($29.95). Although your Groupon is only valid for the teppanyaki tables, those with images of raw fish recurring in their dreams can conquer their subconscious with Samurai Chef's plethora of maki, sashimi, and sushi.
A chef stands over a flaming tableside teppanyaki grill, twirling his cooking instruments in the air and catching them in each hand. As his audience whistles and cheers, he sears juicy morsels of filet mignon, chicken, and seafood alongside colorful slices of mixed vegetables. Chefs are equally busy behind the sushi counter, artfully arranging more than 100 different types of rolls with fresh tuna, spicy salmon, and crispy shrimp tempura. At the bar, expert mixologists shake premium liquors and juices into cocktails, garnishing them with duos of plump olives and curls of lemon rind. At nightfall as the moon filters in through the skylight windows, the contemporary dining room comes alive with glimmering televisions, lively music, and friends debating the existence of wood nymphs over drinks.
Don't believe you can get delicious sushi in the middle of the country? Let Kokoro Maki House prove you wrong. Known for a spicy tuna roll that is, in fact, spicy, as well as fantastic ramen soup and the best shrimp tempura in the Midwest, Kokoro Maki House is full of surprises. The vibe is relaxed, the interior lacking pretense. Order at the counter and either take out or eat in. We prefer the latter option, especially for the Korean dishes. Yes, Kokoro also specializes in Korean food, and has all the typical favorites on the menu such as bibim bap. Kokoro serves both the sushi and Korean dishes with all the drama and flair they deserve. The bibim bap, for example, comes in a heated stone bowl that crisps the rice and cooks the egg to perfection, a word that can describe most of Kokori Maki House's dishes.
Kato Japanese is the premier sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant in Kansas City. Serving hibachi meals and sushi entrees, the variety of menu options is almost endless. Quality and fresh ingredients are key at Kato. Try the Shrimp Tempura or the Vegetable Bento Box for a filling, yet healthy meal. Enjoy deals on drinks, sushi and appetizers during happy hour Monday through Thursday. A full bar is available with sake, beer and wine for the enjoyment of guests. Gluten free and vegetarian meal options are available. Reservations for in-house dining are accepted, and delivery and takeout are possible with just one call. Guests can also cater their next party with Katy’s delectable sushi and other dishes. Kato Japanese is open every day for lunch and dinner, so stop by today.