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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Japanese/Sushi

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HANA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 8116 Hampson St., 865-1634 Tuna tataki presents seared rare tuna topped with vinaigrette, tobiko and vegetables. The Who Dat roll combines spicy tuna, shrimp tempura and snow crab inside, 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., 561-8914 The seafood salad combines seared tuna, salmon, white fish and crawfish with cucumber, avocado and baby radish in house dressing. The bluefin toro, or fatty tuna, is a Japanese delicacy served as sashimi or in sushi. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KANNO CALIFORNIA SUSHI BAR 3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 455-5730 Sauteed calamari is served with portobello mushrooms. Get a special sushi roll filled with salmon, mango and cucumber. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

KYOTO 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644; www.kyotonola.com Poke salad is arranged with tuna, avocado, cucumber and spicy vinaigrette dressing. The Fara roll is a packed with spicy shrimp and avocado inside, and covered with a crunchy chili mixture outside. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LITTLE TOKYO 590 Ashbury Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-1532; www.littletokyosushi.com Little Tokyo offers a full range of Japanese cuisine including a selection of special sushi rolls. The Tiger Roll combines 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., 485-5658; 1521 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 831-6788; www.littletokyonola.com The Burning Man roll combines spicy tuna, pepper tuna, avocado and barbecue eel sauce. The tuna tartar appetizer features diced tuna mixed with green onions and smelt roe, topped with house-made chili sauce and served with wonton chips. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards.  $$

LITTLE TOKYO SMALL PLATES & NOODLE BAR 1340 S. Carrollton Ave, 861-6088; www.littletokyonola.com Focusing on small plates and a casual karaoke-friendly ambience, this tavern serves an array of Japanese favorites, including sushi and sashimi. The new sushi pizza panino features spicy tuna, crawfish, snow crab and mozzarella cheese on bread baked in the oven. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MIKIMOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881; www.mikimotosushi.com This sushi hub offers a variety of dinner combination plates, like the unagi domburi which comes with steamed rice topped with grilled eel and sauce. The crawfish roll bundles the mudbug with smelt roe, mayonnaise and chili sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

MIYAKO JAPANESE SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997; www.japanesebistro.com  The Black and Gold Roll is filled with spicy tuna, spicy crawfish and cucumber and draped with seasoned white fish tempura, eel sauce, spicy mayonnaise and tobiko. The Miyako special includes lo mein noodles, hibachi lobster tail, filet mignon and shrimp served with a side of mixed vegetables, clear soup, salad with ginger dressing and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Reservations recommended. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

ORIGAMI 5130 Freret St., 899-6532 Nabeyaki udon is a soup brimming with thick noodles, chicken and vegetables. The long list of special rolls includes the Big Easy, which combines tuna, salmon, white fish, snow crab, asparagus and crunchy bits in soy paper with eel sauce on top. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

ROCK-N-SAKE OF NEW ORLEANS 823 Fulton St., 581-7253; www.rocknsake.com Shrimp- and cream cheese-filled wontons are served crisp with shrimp and garlic sauce. The PB&J roll is peanut butter rolled in rice and soy paper, flash fried with a panko crust and served with honey-infused grape jelly. No reservations. Lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 468-8829; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-8879; 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-7253; www.sakecafela.com The LSU roll combines snow crab and shrimp tempura and is topped with tuna, avocado and eel sauce. There's no rice in the deep-fried Clearview roll of shrimp tempura and other fillings wrapped in soy paper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAKE CAFE UPTOWN 2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafe-uptown.us The tuna cake features sushi rice, snow crab and chopped tuna with ginger dressing. The rice paper roll includes fresh salmon, tuna, cucumber, avocado, lettuce, smelt roe and crabstick in rice paper and is topped with a trio of sauces. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SEKISUI SAMURAI 239 Decatur St., 525-9595; www.sekisuiusa.com Wrapped in rice paper and topped with spicy mayonnaise, the Joy roll consists of snow crab, avocado, smelt roe, salmon and yellow tail. The samurai dinner includes shrimp and vegetable tempura, beef teriyaki, a California roll and a sauteed lobster tail. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SHOGUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND STEAKHOUSE 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477 The lobster roll bundles lobster, smelt roe and avocado in soy paper and tops it with sweet sauce. A lunchtime bento box features shrimp tempura, sashimi, a snow crab roll, buckwheat noodle soup and a choice of chicken or beef teriyaki. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$

SUSHI BROTHERS 1612 St. Charles Ave., 581-4449; www.sushibrothers.net The Saints roll combines coconut shrimp and cream cheese with layers of mango and smelt roe and is topped with avocado. The LSU roll features shrimp tempura and cream cheese topped with snow crab, tuna, avocado and eel sauce. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

TENNOU SUSHI BAR 1818 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 11, Harvey, 366-3898; www.tennousushi.com The signature Tennou roll combines red snapper, snow crab, avocado, cream cheese and smelt roe and is topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. The po-boy roll combines soft-shell crab, tempura shrimp, crawfish, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayo, eel sauce and naruto sauce in soy paper. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

WASABI 900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 267-3263; www.wasabinola.com Wasabi offers a wide range of Japanese cuisine and special sushi rolls. The yellow dragon roll features snow crab, cucumber, avocado and smelt row inside, and is topped with fresh salmon, lemon, green onions and special sauce. The firecracker roll bundles snow crab, spicy tuna, smelt roe and crunchy batter. Reservations accepted. Frenchmen Street: lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Pontchartrain Boulevard: lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

YUJIN JAPANESE RESTAURANT 323 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, (985) 809-3840 Yujin offers Japanese dishes including everything from tempura to sushi. Popular sushi choices include the Burning Man roll, which gets heat from spicy tuna and is topped with seared pepper tuna and avocado. The ceviche roll combines white tuna, red snapper, cilantro, lemon, jalapeno, avocado and tomato. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $$

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