Japanese Food and Cooking

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    June 20, 2014

    Flyings Rolls Opens Today Near SLU

    A few months ago, we reported on a new fast-casual concept coming to St. Louis: sushi. Owners David Culver, Clayton Park and Andrew Impagliazzo envisioned a Chiptole-like approach to sushi, instead of the usual extremes of super pricey or take-out. Their result is Flying Rolls (3674 Forest Park Aven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    MOFU Tofu Collaborates With Sump Coffee to Create Ramen Pop-Up Restaurant

    MOFU stands for Missouri tofu, but it does more than just the vegetarian-meat alternative. The homegrown tofu company is now collaborating with Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) this summer for several ramen pop-ups. The first is this weekend, May 31. We talked to MOFU co-owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Underrated/Overrated: What is St. Louis' Most Underrated Sushi?

    Like Mexican food, the sushi scene in St. Louis is growing. You can find it outside traditional Japanese restaurants -- Chop Shop's Eliott Harris consulted on the raw offerings at our pick for 2013's best sushi, Central Table Food Hall. Central Table is nothing if not unorthodox, and Harris pushed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Happy Hour at Café Mochi: Just Roll With It

    Café Mochi (3221 South Grand Boulevard, 314-773-5000) The Hours: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. The Deal: Select rolls are half-off, $1 off beers and two-for-one select cocktails.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Hungry Nerd's Restaurant Guide to Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis

    Visiting Wizard World's St. Louis Comic Con at America's Center this weekend? Here are some choice places to which to adjourn for victuals and libations -- all within easy walking distance of the con! See also: - Non-Nerd's Guide to Wizard World Comic Con

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries & Much More: An Updated Guide to Restaurants Along Olive, Westward From University City

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. View Olive Boulevard Asian Eateries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    First Look: Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet

    Occupying the former Outback Steakhouse space next door to the AMC Esquire 7 in Richmond Heights, Dynasty Hibachi Steak, Seafood and Sushi Buffet (6710 Clayton Road; 314-781-8888) offers a wide array of choices for diners (even for a Chinese buffet). And that's how general manager William Luan inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Hokkaido Steak & Sushi Buffet Opening Second Location In South County

    A second location of Florissant Asian buffet restaurant Hokkaido Steak & Sushi Buffet (660 North US Highway 67, Florissant; 314-921-6666) is currently under construction in Concord Plaza Shopping Center at South Lindbergh Boulevard and Baptist Church Road in south county. Currently butcher paper co ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 12, 2012
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    January 10, 2012

    Soup Countdown #15: Café Mochi's Udon Soup

    January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    A Few More Restaurants of Note from 2011

    ​This week, I counted down my top ten dishes for 2011, a list drawn mostly (though not entirely) from restaurants that opened this year. In October, I ranked the five best new restaurants in St. Louis for 2011 and awarded an honorable mention to five more new restaurants.Even accounting for the ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Momoyama Reopens (Without Yoshi)

    ​Momoyama (1637 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-7778) reopened yesterday, September 28, after a brief, confusing hiatus.The sushi restaurant first announced on Facebook that it was closing for good but might reopen in a new location next year. When Gut Check called to confirm the news, howeve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    The Final (We Think) Blue Ocean Sushi Update

    Ian FroebThe original, now closed and relocated, Blue Ocean Sushi​Our story so far: Blue Ocean Sushi, the all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant at 609 Eastgate Avenue, just off the Delmar Loop, took over Loop mainstay Seki, located a few blocks west at 6335 Delmar Boulevard.At the end of May, Seki's na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    What's Old is New Again at Blue Ocean Sushi

    Danielle LeszczBlue Ocean's Takoyaki appetizer​Having two restaurants with the same name within a couple blocks of each other sure has the potential to confuse diners. The original Blue Ocean Sushi (609 Eastgate Avenue, University City; 314-721-9168) sits off Delmar just one street west of Ski ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Review Slideshow: Izakaya Ren

    Jennifer SilverbergThe fried saba (mackerel) at Izakaya Ren​A trip to Valley Park for sushi and Japanese bar snacks. My review of Izakaya Ren (2948 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park; 636-825-3737) is now available online, and be sure to check out Jennifer Silverberg's slideshow of Izakaya Ren. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Seki Now the Second Blue Ocean Sushi

    Ian FroebSeki in the Delmar Loop is now the second Blue Ocean Sushi.​The sign went up this afternoon to mark that the Delmar Loop Japanese restaurant Seki (6335 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-726-6477) is now officially the second location of another Delmar Loop sushi joint, Blue Ocean Sus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Trying to Favor Curry at Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine

    Ian FroebRed curry at Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine​The Place: Zen Thai & Japanese Cuisine (9250 Watson Road, Crestwood; 314-842-0307), a bustling little restaurant in a homely strip mall.The Deal: Red curry with beef, with a complimentary starter of miso soup and two egg rolls, for $7.49

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Review Preview: Fin Japanese Cuisine

    This week, I trek out to west county to visit Fin Japanese Cuisine (1682 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-536-4228). It's a sushi restaurant, yes, but not only a sushi restaurant.The list of sushi on Fin's order slip is so extensive, the descriptions of its basic and specialty rolls so detailed, tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    March 2011 Openings & Closings

    Taste, with a new owner, relocated to the Central West End.​The end of winter and the beginning of spring brought a fair number of restaurant openings and closings. Notable debuts included the "new" Taste, relocated from its original home as Taste by Niche, and Izakaya Ren, a Valley Park eatery fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Chef's Choice Recipe: Eliott Harris' Tuna and Salmon Tartare

    This is part three of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. Part one is available here; part two is here. Robin Wheeler​"People have this misconception about the Midwest that if you're landlocked, tough," sushi chef Eliott Harris says of sashimi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Chef's Choice: Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice interview with Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec. For part two, a Q&A, click here. Stay tuned for part three, a recipe from Chef Harris that will post on Friday. Robin WheelerKnife to meet you: Sushi chef Eliott Harris of Miso on Meramec.​How d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    New York Times Explores Chicken Teriyaki, RFT Managing Editor Still Pines

    Very good article in today's New York Times about Seattle's love for chicken teriyaki. As author John T. Edge makes clear, this ain't no fancy feast:User "Blue Lotus," Wikimedia Commons​...the average Seattle teriyaki spot is utilitarian, with fluorescent lights overhead and neon signs glaring fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Review Slideshow: Café Mochi

    Jennifer Silverberg​My review of Café Mochi is now available online. Café Mochi is located at 3221 South Grand Boulevard. No website that I've been able to find. Call 314-773-5000 for more info. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg shows off Café Mochi's colorful inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Review Preview: Café Mochi

    This week I visit Café Mochi, which opened in April on South Grand, serving sushi and other Japanese fare:A friend recently asked me a hypothetical question: If I could eat one meal anywhere in the world, and price were no object, what and where would it be?I would like to claim that I pondered the ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009
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    June 15, 2009

    Review Preview: Miso on Meramec

    This week I check out the new menu at Clayton's Miso on Meramec: The grated wasabi root was stronger than its paste cousin -- no surprise there -- but it didn't overwhelm the fish. Instead, the wasabi and salmon worked in concert: a burst of heat chased by the fish's gentle sweetness -- like the sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    The Audacity of Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: Up, Pixar's latest gorgeous, visually engaging attempt to make me laugh while feeling a little guilty. Total success on both counts.Food: Mochi ice cream, mango flavored.Difficulty: Moderate. This is the easiest form of ice cream to bring into the movies, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Cooking for Your Cat: Faux Sushi

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure. In hard times, one must learn to make concessions. At least this is the message that has been pounded into our heads for the past two months. Seven years ago, it was patriotic to shop. Now it is patriotic to scrimp. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Now Open: Blue Ocean Sushi

    Delmar Loop eatery 609 (609 Eastgate Avenue) has transformed itself into Blue Ocean Sushi, effective today. Yes, yes, we have approximately 400,000 sushi restaurants in St. Louis, but Blue Ocean does offer this: All the sushi you can eat for $14.99. - Ian Froeb

  • Dining

    July 30, 2008
  • Calendar

    July 9, 2008

    That's How Sushi Rolls

    Learn all about it at the library

  • Dining

    April 2, 2008
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    August 30, 2006
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Dining

    March 10, 2004

    The Toast of Kirkwood

    Pop on over to the Bubble Room

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2004

    Shalom and Banzai

    The Kosher Sushi Club is for everyone

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • Restaurants

    April 17, 2002

    Japanese Cuisine

    Robata of Japan

  • Dining

    March 13, 2002

    Hama Time

    Renowned local sushi chef Naomi Hamamura opens up another location of Sansui

  • Dining

    February 20, 2002

    Old Saying

    The well-loved Tachibana is beginning to look the part

  • Dining

    December 19, 2001

    Raw Fish

    Trying for exotic food in a luxurious atmosphere, Mandarin Bay flounders

  • Dining

    October 10, 2001

    Miso Hungry

    Clayton's newest restaurant offering has its multiple personalities well in order

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Sushi

    Nobu's Japanese Restaurant

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Raw-Fish Sculptor

    Kenji-san, Sansui

  • Dining

    September 19, 2001

    Raw Power

    When the service catches up to the food, Fuji Sushi will be on the road to delivering a good meal

  • Dining

    May 23, 2001

    Tei Time

    With her new restaurant, Nippon Tei, Ann Bognar outdoes herself

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001



  • Dining

    April 5, 2000

    Teppan Dancing

    Going east -- 15 miles or so -- for great Japanese food

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    July 7, 1999
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    November 25, 1998
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