Japanese Restaurants in West Des Moines

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At Taste of Oriental, owner Chef Hong Xiang and his cadre of culinary artisans craft Chinese dishes using recipes hailing from the Szechuan region and Japanese specialties such as teppanyaki and sushi. Sushi fills the bulk of the menu with more than 60 options, including the blue crab roll ($8.50) and the cooked california roll harvested from the wild sushi fields growing along the Hollywood hills ($4.55). Flat-surfaced teppanyaki grills sizzle with filet mignon ($19.95), as traditional Chinese fare waltzes across tables dressed as crispy honey chicken ($12.95) or walnut shrimp ($14.95). Meanwhile, meat dodgers can dig into a variety of options, including the mixed veggies and tofu of the Buddha's Feast ($10.95), while the piquant and tender kung pao beef ($13.95) lures meat lovers and meat likers.

1250 8th Street
West Des Moines,
IA
US

Tucked inside Hoshi Sushi Lounge, Sushi Master La Tran and staff surround themselves with yellowtail, salmon, octopus, crabmeat, and sliced veggies, all waiting to be plucked from their chilled containers and placed on tiny piles of rice or wrapped inside sheets of seaweed. The sushi rolls?with creative names such as Bulldog, Miami Heat, and Love You Long Time?arrive at tables laid out on an ivory plate like abstract artwork. The kitchen team also prepares entrees free of a seaweed sheath, including tempura, teriyaki, and stir-fried meats and veggies. The sushi haven's minimalist interior features bold-red color, framed artwork, and an exposed brick-front wall that dares passersby to huff and puff and then courteously enter through the front door.

2314 University Ave.
Des Moines,
IA
US

For fresh sushi in Des Moines served up in an elegant yet modern atmosphere, look no further than Haiku. Featuring a lengthy menu of Asian fusion food and traditional sushi and sashimi, Haiku has something to delight the senses of everyone in your party. You can dine in to enjoy the unique ambiance, or take your dinner to go if you prefer to enjoy your meal at home. Sushi lovers should try the signature Haiku roll, featuring spicy crab and tempura oyster rolled together and topped with eel, avocado and mango for a sweet-and-spicy treat. For a hot meal, try the grilled sea bass served with spicy jalapenos and glazed in the chef's special sauce. Several cocktails are available, or you can pair your meal with sake, beer or wine.

1315 31st Street
Des Moines,
IA
US

Using quality ingredients from all across the globe, Wasabi CHI Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar seeks to put as much passion into their Asian traditions as possible. With their executive chef having served in Tokyo, England, Spain, Italy and Hawaii before serving at Wasabi, superb flavors from all over the world are infused into each Asian dish. The owner, who is also a chef, studied Thai cooking at the age of only 17. Wasabi offers traditional cuisine, as well as unique dishes such as Tuna Tacos, Yellowtail Jalapeno and the Out of Control Roll that is both sweet and spicy. Open for lunch and dinner (except Mondays), Wasabi CHI Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar is perfect for those looking for something different or traditional.

5418 Douglas Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Sakuri is one of Des Moises’s newest sushi restaurants, and it shows in the sleek and modern furnishings. Perfect for a date or a night out with friends, Sakuri features a full sushi and liquor bar and a menu full of Japanese cuisine options other than sushi, including yakisoba noodles and udon soup dishes. Try to catch the happy hour, which lasts from 5PM to 7PM Monday – Thursday and includes specials like $4.50 house rolls, $2.50 Kirin drafts, domestic bottled beer and sake bombs. The doors are also open for lunch 10AM to 2PM Monday – Thursday and dinner 5PM to 10PM Monday – Saturday. Although they’re new in town, Sakuri has already garnered a reputation as one of the best sushi restaurants in all of Des Moises.

2605 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Delicious, fresh, affordable sushi in Iowa? It sounds like it could be almost impossible to find, but never fear: Miyabi 9 is here! Serving up delicious sushi at reasonable prices, Miyabi 9 is a lifesaver for sushi fanatics in the Des Moines area. Locals rave about the sushi and nigiri, but if you'd like to expand your culinary horizons, the octopus is a cult favorite! Sushi restaurant classics like seaweed salad and miso soup are also available, and are top-notch. Miyabi's warm, cozy dining area make it the perfect spot for a date or a low-key business lunch. Check out their Instagram for proof that their sushi is as beautiful as it is delicious!

512 E Grand Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US