Within Japanese Kitchen are three different ways to dine. This may involve the locally famed Sushi Bar, the traditional sit down dining or seating for over 200. In total there is seating capacity for upwards of 200 guests at any one time. In addition to these wonderful options to enjoy a meal with family or friends is the cocktail bar.
Here is some information that may enhance your dining experience:
Teppan Yaki means literally “Cooked on an Iron Skillet”. It is undoubtedly the most popular of formats chosen when seeking an authentic Japanese restaurant. It is this culinary showmanship, performed in front of thousands of weekly guests, that has contributed to the reputation of Japanese Kitchen being a great dining destination. Fresh slices of marbled beef, teriyaki and hot/spicy chicken, lobster, scallops, calamari, shrimp, vegetables, fried rice and other items are individually prepared and served. There are 15 Teppan chefs, each with their own distinctive flair, you’ll be sure to receive a different show each time you visit. As head chef Susanto Taslim will attest it’s another reason why Japanese Kitchen is touted as “dinnertainment” and a “meal in a show”.
Sushi dining has increased in significant popularity in Fresno, the west coast and across the United States. It has earned the reputation as the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan. But it is still one of the most popular dishes among the Japanese themselves. When one speaks about the quality of sushi mostly it is in reference to its freshness. For most of the highly successful restaurants such as Japanese Kitchen, the fish used in sushi is of the highest quality and freshness. At least three times a week this fresh seafood is delivered from ports near and far. In any typical week more than 1,000 pounds to several hundred pounds of fish. The best way to determine the freshness of sushi is by its color. The most highly sought after restaurants will display their sushi in a showcase format. Most all sushi is eaten in a similar fashion in that a corner is dipped in a shallow bowl that generally contains soy sauce and a small amount of wasabi. The more popular items found in sushi bars include the following dozen items: Tuna, cooked shrimp, salmon, halibut, albacore, yellow tail, striped bass, snapper, octopus, mackerel, crab and egg omelet. At Japanese Kitchen head sushi chef Koji Ogawa observes that the three most popular house specials include the seaweed salad along with two custom sushi rolls:
Treasure Island Roll which has asparagus and snow crab rolled together in a deep fried soy wrap and garnished with a lightly baked scallop with avocado on the top.
J-Lo Roll begins with a fresh water eel and mixed with shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, asparagus and radish sprouts rolled with soy wrap and topped with snow crab meat smothered with both a spicy and teriyaki sauce.
Traditional Dining within Japanese Kitchen is found amongst a backdrop of large aquariums, wooden paneled walls and also in a private banquet room. The delicious choices that are prepared in the kitchen include popular items like baked lobster or grilled chicken, seafood or steak. Golden tempura with fresh vegetables and seafood is also popular for both lunch and dinner. An old world laquerware box is the serving vessel for many other combination lunch and dinner choices. One of the most popular items for a romantic meal is the Love Boat Dinner which includes soup, salad, steamed rice, California roll, stuffed lobster, grilled chicken, beef roll, steak, egg roll, shrimp tempura and dessert.