There’s no mistaking the sound of a night at Zushi, the sushi and sake bistro on the southwest corner of McDowell and Power roads.
From chops and slaps of fresh vegetables and meat hitting the piping hot teppanyaki tables to chatter at the bar to the hustle and bustle of sushi servers, manager and bartender Lynlee Beaman said it’s always a good vibe.
“So many people know each other who come in,” Beaman said. “On a Friday night, it’s always busy with people eating, drinking and having a good time.”
Combining Chinese cuisine with sushi and teppanyaki, the expansive menu includes favorites like California and Las Vegas rolls, from $5 to $10, as well as specialty rolls from $10 to $16. Outside of sushi, the menu explores different countries of Asia—Korean barbecue, Singapore noodle, Pad Thai and teriyaki. As for Chinese, it features the likes of orange chicken and Kung Pao, as well as fried rice, chow mein and lo mein. The dishes average around $18. Lunch specials are served through 4 p.m. daily.
The Teppanyaki tables are fun for birthdays, date nights or special events, as the chefs put on a show in front of diners.
“Places like Benihana are so expensive (but) our prices can’t be beat,” Beaman said.
“(Teppanyaki diners get) all original menu items that are marked down 20 percent from when we opened, free fried rice and buy one entree, get the second 50 percent off.”
Kids aren’t left out, either. Children 12 and younger can choose from orange chicken, beef teriyaki or chicken tenders. For those who live close by, the restaurant offers lunch specials from open till 4 p.m. daily.
As for Beaman, she has a hard time choosing her favorite. She does enjoy the Red Mountain roll, and crab pops and garlic chili soybean appetizers.
“The food is amazing,” she said. “We have hot and sour soup that’s the best I’ve ever had. Our customers agree, too.”
A Michigan native, Beaman has enjoyed her time working in Northeast Mesa.
“The customers who live in the area are amazing people,” she says.