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Check out these Japanese restaurants in Phoenix

Alistair Dominguez
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PHOENIX, AZ — When people say Japanese food, they immediately think of sushi. However, Japanese culinary traditions go well beyond raw fish over rice. Luckily, Phoenix is home to some amazing Japanese eateries that serve izakaya, robata, ramen and bento.

Here are five Japanese restaurants, lunch places, noodle shops and sushi locations that you can find around Phoenix.

1. Yama Sushi House

4750 North Central Ave Ste 2B Phoenix, AZ 85012

Serving genuine and delectable Japanese food, Yama Sushi House is a natural choice for eat-in or take-out meals in the neighborhood because of its accessible location and reasonable rates. The restaurant is well-known for its wide range of flavors and high-quality, freshly prepared sushi. Come visit and enjoy their welcoming atmosphere and outstanding service.

2. Cherryblossom Noodle Cafe

914 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Serving noodle meals from Japan, Asia and Italy, Cherryblossom Noodle Café is a nondenominational eatery that embraces all things noodle. While the restaurant's non-Japanese fare is tasty, it's the ramen with nuanced broth and perfectly delicate noodles that keeps people going back. 

3. The Clever Koi

4236 N Central Ave Ste 100 Phoenix, AZ 85012

Clever Koi is a craft cocktail bar with Asian-inspired cuisine, located in Central Phoenix and historic downtown Gilbert. The sights, sounds and scents of the open kitchen's wood-fired grill and roaring woks awaken customers' senses at Clever Koi. Guests may see employees prepare an ever-changing selection of steamed buns, house-made dumplings, progressive noodle dishes and small plates from the kitchen, which reflect tastes and methods from Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan and Indo-China.

4. Zu Izakaya

2210 N Scottsdale Rd Tempe, AZ 85281

Zu Izakaya provides a pleasant and informal setting for friends and family to congregate, an inviting and warm spot to go on a date, or a lively bar to hang out with your closest friends after work. Varieties of Japanese foods, such as takoyaki, gyoza, saba shioyaki and sushi, are available in their kitchen. In addition to the well-chosen menu, they have a full bar for all of your drink, wine, beer and soju needs.

5. Nishikawa Ramen

3141 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85016

Given the opportunity to learn from a ramen expert, Nishikawa Ramen has learned the art of a creamy broth and the beauty of a perfect noodle, as well as the science of a faultless ramen bowl. Nishikawa Ramen opens its doors and hearts to anyone who wants to share their passion for ramen.

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