Molly Cool’s Seafood Tavern overlooks the Milwaukee River so guests can enjoy a spectacular view. However, the menu reaches far beyond freshwater fish. It’s chock-full of treats harvested from the oceans, including north atlantic salmon and mussels culled from around Prince Edward Island.
In addition to serving an extensive dinner menu that offers everything from king-crab legs to mussels, Molly Cool’s also features scallop BLTs, Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, or Lobster Roll for lunch. In addition to seafood, the restaurant boasts a wide selection of chicken, pasta, and steak, as well as a children's menu. Weekends also include a new brunch menu that features seafood biscuits & gravy and Kentucky hot blond served open-faced. Private rooms are available for parties of 20-200, or guests can take advantage of the outdoor seating and live music.
Chef Angelo Cattaneo marinates talent and sautés skills with small, hands-on cooking classes. Add moxie to meal-enders with the Fantastic Desserts class on July 10 from 2 p.m.–5 p.m. ($60), where burgeoning culinary artists learn to create mango crème brûlée, raspberry tarts with honey ice cream, and flourless chocolate cake topped with peanut-butter mousse. Aside from teaching how to fashion a masculine apron out of chain mail, the Just For Guys class on July 23 from 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. ($60) will dish out tips on preparing mushroom soup, rib-eye steaks, and raspberry cheesecake. After class ends, students can continue their culinary education at home kitchens thanks to informative handouts on recipes and techniques. Additional classes will be added to fit demand.
The tableside chefs sear meats, seafood, and vegetables near open flame to create a delectable amalgam of Japanese and American cuisine. Sushi and sashimi make use of high-grade tuna and salmon, and hibachi dinners send scallops, swordfish, and filet mignon skating across grills before depositing them on plates. Separate courses of soup, salad, a shrimp and zucchini appetizer, and ice cream help diners remember the exact timeline of meals to make future alibis impeccably believable. Bartenders pour and mix choice libations for patrons behind a turquoise-colored bar facing a pastel mural of Mount Fuji. Timsan's Japanese Steak House also bottles their house ginger dressing and mustard so that customers can replicate the hibachi experience at home using an overheated laptop.
TJ Thai and Japanese Steakhouse’s chefs slice and dice fresh ingredients over hibachi grills in dishes pulled from lunch and dinner menus that include more than 15 traditional sushi rolls. Grill masters craft flame-kissed shrimp, new york strip steak, and mahi-mahi dishes as diners look on, supporting main courses with an entourage of veggies and fried rice. Chefs bundle up compact sushi rolls, including spicy crab jalapeño and vegetable tempura, and pack Japanese lunch with california rolls, fried dumplings, and the ghosts of juice boxes past.
• For $20, you get $40 worth of Asian fare and drinks during dinner. • For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian fare and drinks during lunch. The skilled chefs at Meiji Cuisine, which serves Chinese and Japanese dishes, sear entrees over hibachi grills, roll fresh sushi, and craft Chinese specialties. Prepare for midnight Battleship games against an old sea captain with the War Bar dinner combination, a maritime medley of shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and squid ($17.95). Hibachi entrees serve up Japanese-style grilled eats with a choice of vegetables and meats, including chicken ($16) and swordfish ($21). During lunch, sample maki sushi combos ($9 for two rolls, $11 for three) that include the eel cucumber roll, smoked eel wrapped in a blanket of eel sauce and lounging on a bed of sticky rice. Or feast on a plate of Chinese-style sweet-and-sour shrimp ($12.75), which leaves diners sweet on their lunch and sour on their afternoon return to work.
The chefs at Ginza Japanese Restaurant line their sushi rolls and bento boxes with both traditional Japanese and Western-inspired ingredients. Classic flavors can be found in shrimp-filled shumai dumplings or lightly battered vegetable tempura. Futo maki rolls combine cucumber and avocado with egg custard, pickled radish, pickled squash, and burdock, and the Funky Monkey roll takes a more experimental approach by pairing eel with banana. Teriyaki beef or ginger pork sizzles in bento boxes, surrounded by sides of rice, salad, and dumplings as neatly portioned as a librarian's potato-chip collection.