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Historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix houses some of the area's best restaurants. This popular place is nestled in one of the quaint old buildings which was formerly used as a Victorian-style tearoom. Today it is run by Japanese master chef Nobuo Fukuda. During the day, visitors can enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating cup of their favorite tea, in an ancient ceremonial ambiance (chanoyu). At night, the place transforms itself into a busy izakaya, serving drinks and small plates. Nonetheless, day or night, this award-winning restaurant always offers an exciting new fusion of culinary tradition and innovation.
What could be better than an entire restaurant dedicated to noodles? Cherryblossom Noodle cafe is just that. The menu is stocked with hot and cold Asian noodle dishes like udon, soba, pad Thai and ramen, and also a selection of Italian noodles. They also offer sushi, rice dishes and lunch specials. If noodles are what you crave, Cherryblossom is the place for you.
This modern Japanese and sushi restaurant is sure to please all; irrespective of their palate. While you will find all the usual staples of tempura and California rolls, Hana often features fresh specials and signature items that diners can delight in such as the gyuniku tempura roll and caterpillar sushi roll. Hana is a perfect option for diners looking to sample Japanese cuisine without getting into the raw fish deal.
Whether you're in the mood for sushi or want some Japanese classics like Teriyaki, at RA Sushi Bar guests will find something. Sample the very popular Viva Las Vegas Roll, which is crab and cream cheese rolled in rice or the Ra Chips and Salsa, which is a blend of spicy tuna served with seaweed chips. Sushi and sashimi are always perennial favorites and the sake list is quite extensive. With four other locations around the Phoenix metro area, the restaurant is also convenient.
Master chef Yasu Hashino brings his refined and elegant brand of Japanese food to the Phoenix area. Although the restaurant's name includes the word "sushi," that's not really the main attraction at Yasu (although it is still sublime.) The real specialty here are the binchotan charcoal-grilled skewers called Sumibiyaki. These range from skewers of chicken teriyaki and ribeye beef to delicacies like Saikyo duck breast, Surume squid and bamboo-wrapped beef tongue. Other menu items include a small selection of tempura and noodles.
For those in the mood for an authentic Japanese experience, Yen Sushi and Sake Bar offers freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, that can be relished with a fine selection of sakes. The extensive sushi menu has a good variety with traditional favorites sharing the menu space with the more contemporary creations. The sake bar boasts of one of the finest selections in the city. Drop in here with lots of time to spare, in order to appreciate the cuisine better. The Okonomiyaki, and gyoza are good bets. Don't miss the the melt-in-your-mouth yellow-tail sashimi.