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Month: August 2015


The Top Fish to Use When Preparing Sushi


Sushi is a favorite mealtime food for many Americans and if you’re in the mood for some of the best Springfield-02-150x150sushi in town, be sure to visit Nakato Japanese Steakhouse sushi bar in Charlotte and Sushi bar in Springfield. Our reputation for creating really fresh, healthy and savory sushi is well known in these cities.

A major reason why Nakato is famed for its sushi is that we only select the finest fish from fish markets. Great sushi is all about selecting the right type of fish for each type of sushi roll or nigiri plate. Not only do we take great care in selecting the freshest fish we can find, we choose fish according to size and flavor as well.

If you are a true lover of sushi, you’ve had good and bad sushi and understand that different types of fish have unique flavors. Since you trust us to select the fish that goes into the sushi you order at our fine eating establishment, we thought that we’d share a little bit about the fish we use.

The Big Tuna

Tuna one of the most popular fish used in sushi dishes. Sushi chefs typically use three types of tuna: index-150x150bluefin, big-eye and yellowfin. You often see these names on the menu, but probably aren’t too familiar with what sets each tuna apart from the other.

Bluefin Tuna – Here’s a tuna that is truly the biggest and boldest of the bunch. Bluefin tuna often weigh up to 1,500 pounds and grow up to 10 feet long. Sushi chefs can use three types of cuts from this big fish. Akami cut is red fish meat that has a sublime texture and taste similar to filet mignon. Chu-toro cut is marbled with fat, which gives it a buttery rich taste. O-toro cut is pale pink and melts in your mouth.

Big-eye Tuna – This tuna has firm texture and mild flavor.

Yellowfin Tuna – A deep pink-reddish colored mild flavored tuna also known as ahi in Hawaii. Its firm texture makes it ideal for sushi rolls.

Other Top Fish

Japanese Yellowtail – This is a popular fish that has a rich, buttery flavor and somewhat oily texture. slide-4-150x150Yellowtail flavor is bold, and has a bit of a tangy aftertaste.

Red Snapper – Despite its name, this fish has white flesh meat. Red snapper has a mild, delicate flavor and a dash of texture.

Salmon – Salmon meat has a beautiful peach color and a distinctive rich flavor. One bite and you’ll understand why bears love it.

Tasty Seafood Variations

Crab, shrimp and eel are other types of seafood commonly found in sushi dishes. Feel free to ask us any questions you have about the fish we serve. High quality fresh sushi never has a strong fish smell, and that’s the type of sushi you get when you come to Nakato.

Visit Nakato sushi bar in Charlotte or sushi bar in Springfield today for delicious, mouthwatering sushi that is always served fresh with dipping sauces.

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Nakato Japanese Steakhouse Will Be Cooking All August Long


Those long hot summer August days are here once again and now you’ve got to think about what you sushi004-150x150want to cook for dinner. As dinnertime comes nearer, you keep wishing that you didn’t have to cook, especially on weekends. Let’s face it. Unless you’re grilling outdoors for a barbecue, standing over a hot stove during those hot summer evenings isn’t exactly something you look forward to doing. In fact, you’d love to skip having to cook all together and let someone else do all the work.

Nakato Loves Cooking for You

If you need a break from the ordinary, and want to leave the cooking chores (and the clean up), to someone else, head on over to Nakato Japanese Steakhouse in Charlotte, or our Japanese restaurant in Springfield. At both locations, we prepare delicious summertime meals for all of our hungry diners, and all you have to do is sit there and enjoy a great meal.

Our fine chefs are trained in the art of Teppan Yaki cooking. In America, this describes a form of cooking that involves chopping fresh vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken and expertly grilling it on a large flat grill. Teppan Yaki cooking is similar to American barbecuing, but doesn’t involve using rubs or sauces on the meat. We do provide sauces as a side condiment.

Our chef’s love cooking for you and when you come in with a group of family or friends you’ll be seated Springfield-02-150x150around a large table. Each table is assigned a chef who is not only there to cook your meal right in front of you, but to entertain you as well. You’d be surprised at how entertaining it is watching our chefs masterfully chop, slice, dice and separate various food items on the grill. You’ll gain a new appreciation for culinary tricks that only the most skilled are able to perform. Some of our chefs are down right funny, and your dinner party is sure to have a few chuckles while waiting for your meal.

Escape the Kitchen

Don’t you think that you’ve earned a break away from the kitchen? You’ve been faithfully preparing meals all summer long. Sometimes meals are sandwiches and salads, which are mercifully easy to make. You’ve cooked your share of hotdogs and hamburgers too. So, now it’s time to escape the kitchen for one or two nights and find comforting refuge at Nakato.

Healthy Grilled Food

Eating at Nakato sushi bar in Charlotte or sushi bar in Springfield is a guilt-free pleasure, because many of our menu items are lower in calories than typical restaurant food. Grilling is a healthy way to prepare food, because it locks in food juices and flavor. We cut away the fatty parts of beef and chicken pieces, leaving you to eat only the robust meat in all its natural goodness. In addition, our chef’s grill vegetables in a way that maintains their texture without cooking away all of the essential nutrients. The result is a meal that has tons of flavors and requires little additional seasoning.

Come to Nakato for dinner this hot August and leave the cooking to us.

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