A night out at Shinto is a fantastic time to relax with friends and family while enjoying delicious steaks and Japanese-inspired dishes. But there is much more to the cuisine of Japan than just teriyaki and hibachi. The next time you dine with us, why not try one of our more traditional Japanese menu items?
FAQ About Traditional Japanese Menu Items at Shinto
- Chirashi means “scattered” in Japanese, and it is a good way to describe this dish. Chirashi, also known as chirashizushi, is an authentic one-bowl meal which starts with a huge bowl of seasoned sushi rice. Then a variety of vegetables, meat or seafood are placed on top. At Shinto, we offer a Chirashi Bowl with a selection of sliced, raw fish served over a bed of rice and served with a light ginger salad and your choice of miso or onion soup.
- Oshinko is a very mild daikon radish which is lightly pickled and then sliced into strips. The result is a delightfully sweet and sour pickle with a truly unique taste similar to a pickled carrot. Oshinko is a favorite of many vegetarians and for people who are looking for a lighter meal. Sample our Oshinko Maki Roll, which features oshinko wrapped in seasoned sushi rice and seaweed.
- Tataki is a unique Japanese method of preparing fish which some people believe was developed by a samurai warrior in the 19th century. In this method of preparation, fish is quickly marinated in rice vinegar and then rubbed with a ginger paste. The fish is seared briefly to form a delicious crust, leaving the middle of the fish raw. Our Tuna Tataki Salad features freshly sliced ahi tuna served over a bed of fresh greens dressed in wasabi ginger soy sauce.
- Tekka is a hearty condiment which consists of finely diced burdock roots, ginger, carrots and lotus root which is stir-fried and then boiled for hours to concentrate its rich flavor profile. At Shinto, you can experience the taste of tekka with our Tekka Bowl. We serve the Tekka Bowl with an arrangement of fresh tuna slices flavored with tekka over a bed of seasoned rice.
- Katsu is the Japanese version of fried chicken. A filet of chicken is floured, dipped in egg and then coated with Panko (a kind of breadcrumb) before frying to a golden brown. The true secret to delicious katsu is the sauce which is made from many different vegetables and fruit. Many people describe the taste of the sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce. At Shinto, our version Chicken Katsu Teriyaki Dinner comes with your choice of soup or salad and white rice.
Don’t forget, Shinto offers more than just fine Japanese cuisine. Shinto is the perfect place to hold your next private event or to unwind at our happy hour after a stressful day at the office. Call us at 630-637-8899 to find out more about our special events and party packages.