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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Japanese/Sushi

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Japanese/Sushi

CHIBA
8312 Oak St., (504) 826-9119; www.chiba-nola.com
The foie gras steamed buns are made with foie gras sauteed with ponzu, canola oil, ichimi powder, green apple, onions and red-wine reduction. The Let the Good Times Roll is made with crispy shrimp tempura, spicy snow crab and cucumber and is topped with yellowfin tuna, sweet chili sauce and green onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., late-night Thu.-Sun. Credit cards.  $$$

HANA JAPANESE CUISINE & SUSHI BAR
8116 Hampson St., (504) 865-1634
The mango-salmon roll features snow crab and shrimp tempura inside with fruit sauce on top. The Who Dat roll combines spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and snow crab and is topped with salmon, tuna, avocado and crunchy tempura flakes. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HORINOYA
920 Poydras St., (504) 561-8914
Chirashi sushi is a bowl featuring sashimi-style slices of fish and seafood salads over a bed of rice. Sugaki are raw oysters served with ponzu sauce, scallions and a dash of lemon juice. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Chefs prepare sushi, sashimi 
and original rolls at Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Chefs prepare sushi, sashimi and original rolls at Kakkoii Japanese Bistreaux.

KAKKOII JAPANESE BISTREAUX
7537 Maple St., (504) 570-6440; www.kakkoii-nola.com
Kakkoii offers sushi, original rolls, noodle dishes and teriyaki and some Thai dishes. Fish tacos feature tempura-battered fish topped with pickled cucumbers. Monki ribs are baby back ribs prepared with a Japanese-style barbecue glaze. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR
3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5730
Specials at this sushi outpost include the aalbacore tuna sashimi, steamed fish with a blue crab sauce and spicy miso soup. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KYOTO
4920 Prytania St., (504) 891-3644; www.kyotonola.com
The poke salad mixes tuna, crab, seaweed, squid, cucumber, avocado and asparagus in spicy chili vinaigrette. The Sara roll is made with spicy shrimp and avocado topped with crunchy chili sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO
590 Asbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com
The Tiger Roll is a combination of tuna, yellowtail, barbecued eel, fresh salmon and avocado. The Burning Man roll has crunchy tuna inside and pepper tuna on the outside. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LITTLE TOKYO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
310 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com
The Love Boat Tokyo for two includes beef and chicken teriyaki, tempura shrimp, sashimi, sushi rolls, fresh fruit and vegetables. The Chocolate City roll combines spicy tuna, seared tuna, snow crab and avocado in soybean wrap and is topped with the chef's special, barbecued eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR
1340 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com
Tonkatsu pork bone ramen contains green onions, bean sprouts, fish cakes, boiled egg, chashu pork and bamboo shoots. The sushi pizza panino features spicy tuna, crawfish, snow crab and mozzarella cheese on bread and is baked in the oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com
Who Dat poppers feature fried jalapenos filled with spicy salmon and snow crab topped with sweet chili sauce. The po-boy roll is soy paper filled with soft-shell crab, shrimp tempura, spicy crawfish and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Dinner daily, lunch Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $$

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE
1403 St. Charles Ave., (504) 410-9997; www.miyakonola.com
The hibachi steak special features beef cooked at the hibachi tabletop grill and the meal includes soup, mixed green salad, a shrimp appetizer, rice and vegetables. The Philadelphia sushi roll is smoked salmon and cream cheese rolled with white rice. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ORIGAMI
5130 Freret St., (504) 899-6532; www.origami5130freret.jimdo.com
Shrimp and vegetables are tempura fried and served with miso soup and rice. The Burning Woman roll contains snow crab and crunchy tempura flakes wrapped with pepper tuna and avocado and drizzled with eel and ponzu sauce. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE
823 Fulton St., (504) 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com
The LSU roll features tempura shrimp and cream cheese topped with tuna, snow crab, avocado and eel sauce. Scallops are sauteed with garlic-butter sauce and served on a bed of mixed greens. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN
2830 Magazine St., (504) 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown.us
A boneless half-duck is marinated in soy and ginger, seared in a wok and served with vegetables. The banana roll pits salty against sweet, with a combination of salmon, cream cheese, fried banana and masago. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI
239 Decatur St., (504) 525-9595; www.samuraineworleans.com
The Decatur roll is filled with crawfish, crunchy bits and cilantro and is topped with seared white tuna and garlic. The Ocean Pyramid features layers of avocado, tuna, salmon, yellowtail and fish roe molded into a pyramid. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN
2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-7477; www.shogunneworleans.com
Check the menu for daily specials from the sushi bar and the kitchen. Teishoku lunches are Japanese "businessman's lunch" specials that come with a choice of entree (mackerel, salmon, chicken, beef, tempura, sushi and more) with an appetizer, sashimi, egg custard, miso soup, pickles and steamed rice. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SOUTH SEAS ASIAN CUISINE
1714 Gause Blvd. W., Slidell, (985) 646-6085
The Spartan roll contains two tempura shrimp rolled with cream cheese and is topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado and eel sauce. Sushi poppers are tempura jalapenos stuffed with fresh salmon and cream cheese and drizzled with eel sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SUSHI BROTHERS
1612 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.net
Sushi Brothers serves sushi, sashimi, teriyaki dishes, soups with udon noodles, tempura fried items and more. The FEMA roll features salmon, snow crab, asparagus, avocado and tempura flakes inside soy paper with spicy tuna and smelt roe on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TASTE OF TOKYO
10160 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, (504) 737-0688; www.tasteoftokyorr.com
The Todo roll features tempura shrimp, cream cheese and snow crab inside soy paper and fried potato strings, spicy mayo and honey on top. An 8-ounce filet mignon is marinated overnight, grilled and served with vegetables and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TENNOU SUSHI BAR
1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, (504) 366-3898; www.tennousushi.com
The Tsunami roll features shrimp tempura, crawfish, white tuna, mayonnaise, cream cheese and is baked. The Hawaii roll features tempura shrimp, snow crab, mango, crunchy tempura flakes and is topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI
900 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com
Frenchmen scallops are sauteed in garlic-butter sauce. The firecracker roll combines tempura shrimp, spicy tuna, snow crab, jalapenos, cucumber and smelt roe and is served with the house spicy mayo sauce. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840
The Chocolate roll features spicy tuna, snow crab and crunchy tempura bits wrapped in sesame soybean paper and topped with avocado and peppered tuna. The Lion roll is filled with tempura shrimp and snow crab and topped with crabstick and boiled shrimp. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

YUKI IZAKAYA
525 Frenchmen St., (504) 943-1122; www.facebook.com/yukiizakaya
The Japanese-style tavern offers Japanese snacks and small plates. Grilled beef tongue is lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. Karaage is chicken marinated in ginger sauce and fried. No reservations. Dinner daily, late-night Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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