Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.
Successful cooking is largely a matter of knowing when to stick with tradition and when to innovate. At Taste of Sensu, tomato salsa adds a kiss of acidity to unorthodox lobster-tail taco. Crisp toast supports pulverized shrimp and ruby-red spicy tuna jam, time-tested sushi ingredients configured in an adventurous fashion. Chefs lace sushi rolls with attention-grabbing ingredients and textures; the Cabo Roll, for instance, combines shrimp tempura and tuna with seared beef, pickled jalapeño, and chipotle mayonnaise, and the spicy tuna roll gets its crunch from hearts of romaine lettuce. Toasting glasses in the dining room brim with sparkling sake, wines fermented on the West coast, and fruity cocktails like the air tanks of an amateur scuba diver.
Sushi on the Rocks pleases the palates, eyes, and ears of patrons with fresh Japanese fare, refreshing libations, and live jazz tunes. Owner John J. Lee crafts nearly 80 nigiri and maki options that range from sweet fresh fruit sushi to elaborate specialty rolls, such as the spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, and asparagus bundled into the Playboy roll. Entrees include grilled chicken drenched in teriyaki sauce, teriyaki steak or chicken options, and new specialty rolls such as the Mexican roll with shrimp tempura, and mixed crab, which is topped with spicy tuna, avocado, and mango. Thirst-quenching hot sake can warm chilled throats and the hearts of fish-loving misers, while more than 10 varieties of wines spare diners the arduous task of juicing their own raisins. Melodies swim through the elegant dining room Thursday and Saturday evenings, tickling eardrums with the sounds of jazz.
BaRa Sushi House keeps the focus on the fish. Its precisely, appealingly arranged sushi and appetizers lean heavily on seafood imported from Tokyo's famous Tsukiji fish market every week. BaRa's chefs greet each day with its very own special plate, constantly editing the menu in the hopes of finally crafting that perfect tiny replica of Michelangelo's David from yellowfin tuna. Sake is always flowing inside the snug, vintage house-turned-diner thanks to Marcus Pakiser, sake sommelier. Guests may dine on the outdoor patio when the weather permits, or host a party for up to 9 in the private tatami room.
No need to wait in the velvet rope line for this club. Sushi Club is the hottest place in town for authentic sushi dishes. Though the atmosphere is cozy and quaint, the flavors are wildly fun. Guests often come with family for a birthday or other celebratory dining experience, and Sushi Club encourages first-time and repeat diners. Classic staples like Miso Soup and Edamame can be found at Sushi Club, along with savory Calamari and Crab Rangoon. Patrons will find their inner voice with the Broadway roll, comprising of crab meat, avocado, spicy tuna and tobiko. Diners go crazy for the Out of Control roll, with spicy tuna, avocado, kani and fish egg topped with eel and scallion. Guests will find fresh selections when the restaurant is open during select hours six days a week.
Think you know all there is to know about sushi? Come to Naked Tchopstix for their infamous “Playboy Roll”—a specialty sushi roll with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, asparagus, and tempura ships. It comes to your table wrapped in aluminum foil…and then it’s set on fire. Don’t be surprised to see small fires going out all over the restaurant, as the Playboy Roll is one of the favorites here. Naked Tchopstix does much more than sushi, though. As a “Pan-Asian restaurant,” it serves specialties from China, Japan, Thailand, and Korea (the Dolsot Bibimbap is another popular selection). The sashimi is flown in fresh from Hawaii. The full bar also serves imported beers, top-shelf sakes, and a wide range of Asian-inspired cocktails.