Asia Palace introduces its guests to no shortage of options. The South Weymouth establishment's food selection features nearly 20 categories—making the menu read like a who's who of Chinese cuisine. There's the health-food section, which boasts a variety of steamed dishes, and the house specials section, which simmers with spicy creations. The house-special Dragon and Phoenix fuses two dishes into one with sizzling chunks of shrimp and chicken. The menu also includes entrees designed to share. The Pu Pu platter, for instance, lets diners sample seven distinct foods before taking leftovers home to the hungry minivan.
One of South Shore Living's "10 Influential People You Should Know" in 2010, Jimmy Liang evenly divides his time among his five Boston-area restaurants. At Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar, his culinary crew whips up contemporary Japanese dishes with a focus on maki, sushi, and sashimi. The sushi selection ranges from eel-filled caterpillar rolls to sweet-potato maki to the BLT roll, which guests must order without using any vowels. The menu also includes traditional eats such as gyoza, sweet-and-sour crab-meat balls, and filet mignon cooked in a housemade lime-soy marinade. Diners also entertain one another during karaoke sessions that go until 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Saturday night.
The chefs at Kagawa Sushi Bar & Restaurant have been rolling maki and stir-frying noodles since the eatery opened in 2002. Many of the ingredients for their raw creations come directly from the Boston Fish Pier, including the fresh mackerel and lobster found in some of their specialty maki rolls. The chefs' menu is complemented by a bar fully stocked with sakes, wines, and shot glasses filled to the brim with chasers of soy sauce.
The chefs at Owl Station Japanese Bistro accent their recipes with splashes of ponzu sauce and rainbows of roe. In addition to nigiri sushi and sashimi, they craft an array of specialty rolls menu, such as the Red Sox maki with lobster and asparagus, and the Christmas maki, stuffed with shrimp tempura. The staff also prepare cooked entrees, such as udon noodle and rice dishes, as well as beef teriyaki and vegetable tempura. Paintings and decorative Japanese masks dot the dining room walls, which alternate between vibrant cobalt paint and exposed brick.
At Enso Revolving Sushi Bar, diners get their entrées the moment they pick them out. That’s because fresh maki, sashimi, and nigiri are served straight from a conveyor belt that sends dishes traveling throughout the restaurant. Each plate is color-coded in order to indicate the price and determine once and for all if blue is cooler than green. Orange plates offer such rolls as spicy yellowtail or smoked salmon. Red plates indicate special rolls including king crab and toro, or tuna belly. And raw fish isn’t the only food that gets to take a ride around the restaurant. The conveyor belt also showcases salads, desserts, and small plates such as chicken wings, tofu fries, and shrimp shumai.