The tableside grill sizzles, searing flavorful slices of steak and moist squares of salmon. A chef keeps careful watch on his proteins, summoning pillars of flame to add extra heat, dicing meat with lightning dexterity, and corralling jumbo shrimp with a bullwhip to complete the culinary show. This is the scene at Kabuto Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, where food is as much spectacle as it is art.
Besides cooked-to-order hibachi specialties, the restaurant keeps a sushi bar stocked with fresh seafood. Here, experts hand-roll favorite maki, such as spicy tuna or california rolls, or draw on more inventive ingredients—wine sauce, mango, strawberry—for their house specialty rolls. But whether guests seek food that is flame-kissed or flame-free, each dish stands out against the decor's elegantly understated tableau.
Ensconced in wooden accents and dotted with Japanese artwork, Sakura Japanese Restaurantserves up handcrafted morsels in a cozily festive atmosphere. Diners can perch at sleek wooden tables or along the curved bar, stealing glimpses of chefs painstakingly rolling sushi or slicing meats and veggies with precision. A cascading stone garden brimming with verdant plants lounges in the corner, and a TV sits high in the ornate shelf behind the bar, entertaining guests with the delightful sight of colorful pixels arranging themselves in the exact pattern of tomorrow’s weather.
Trade premade subs and trays of baked mostaccioli for a catering solution that kicks your next gathering or business meeting up a few belt colors. For today’s side deal, $50 gets you $100 worth of freshly prepared sushi and other Asian-inspired catering from Zumi Sushi, a recently opened restaurant right outside Vanderbilt University in Hillsboro Village. It offers customized catering with buffet-style and boxed-lunch options.
Taking its name from one of Japan's most enduring cultural symbols, Mt. Fuji, Fujiyama treats guests to a smorgasbord of Japanese fare, from morsels of sashimi and handrolled maki, to sizzling hibachi steaks and savory noodle dishes. Guests can slurp udon soups with fish cake and veggie tempura or dine on hearty plates of hibachi surf-and-turf or breaded pork katsu. Fans of traditional sushi can pick up flying fish roe or tuna nigiri, while more adventurous tasters can tackle the Nashville roll, a maki stuffed with salmon and masago before being deep fried and shaped to resemble Andrew Jackson's coiffure.
Tokyo Japanese Steak House is a feast for the eyes, nose, and ears as well as the mouth. In addition to "laser lights in the lobby" and "sushi in martini glasses," as noted by Nashville Scene, hibachi chefs stand by your table and make theater out of food preparation, tossing around teriyaki meats and tofu dishes and making puppet shows with chopsticks.
There’s also a wide selection of sushi here. Try the signature Tennessee roll, which incorporates spicy tuna topped with fish, eel sauce, and tempura flakes. Also worth a try: the barbecue eel over sushi rice.
Basil Asian Bistro is a contemporary Pan-Asian restaurant placing emphasis on freshness and food quality. The sushi menu, created by the classically trained Nobuo Kobayashi, would best be described as elegant, yet modern Japanese cuisine. Come visit one of Franklin's local independent establishments, and escape the norm.