Anaba is where people from Japan come to eat in Knoxville, and there’s even a hand-lettered menu in Japanese for traditional dishes. Some of the most popular dishes include monkfish liver, large oysters, and sea cucumber. Noodles are another specialty, particularly the tonkotsu ramen—noodles in a white pork broth topped with pork, onions, green beans, and mushrooms. Closed from 2:30 pm after lunch until 5 pm for dinner.

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On our shores, Japanese food, like so many imported cuisines, makes a number of concessions to the Western palate. Sometimes, restaurants use the food code word “fusion” to make sure diners know that their menu is safe for everyone—and, if sushi is on offer, the rolls are adequately laced with flavored mayonnaise, shrimp sauce, and/or all sorts of non-traditional ingredients. At Anaba you’ll certainly find these nods to the West—and they’re very tasty nods, at that—but you’ll also find a unique and deep regard for very traditional, very Japanese cuisine.

Even so, the menu provides many options for a wide variety of eaters. Entrees like chicken, shrimp, and oysters are made beautifully crispy by their coating of panko. The Hibachi Grill gets a good workout here, too. The usual suspects are available, but Anaba also uses the grill to create fun Hibachi entrees like Pork Kimchee and Cajun White Fish.

Still, the heart of the restaurant is solidly Japanese. And to that end, you’ll find traditional dishes made with ramen, udon, or soba noodles—stir fried or served in steaming and deeply flavored soups. Rice bowls include Oyako, a Japanese comfort food made with chicken, egg, and onion that’s good for what ails you, and curry bowls that are among the most popular dishes in Japan.

Naturally, Anaba features sushi, and there’s a great selection of rolls including comfortable favorites like the Philly, California, and Volcano. The adventurer will find some fun in trying the Double Dynamite, Firecracker, or Filet o Fish rolls. And, of course, there’s an ample selection of nigiri, sashimi, and traditional rolls if you seek less adorned food in the raw.

But if you’re after an authentic sushi experience, sit at the sushi bar and meet Chef Seisuke “Sei” Fukuoka. He’s a third-generation, Japanese-certified, and licensed sushi chef with a passion for tradition. Put yourself into his hands and let him guide you through Sushi Kaiseki. This traditional meal is offered in small courses designed to showcase the freshest and finest ingredients in a progression based on taste, texture, and appearance. It’s in the Kaiseki format that Chef Sei can really show off his craft and offer the best treatment of specialty and seasonal ingredients like monkfish liver (available in the winter), fresh sardine, and sea cucumber.

It’s true that you can find sushi all over the place these days—even in grocery stores—but too often you’ll miss care, craft, and quality that hundreds of years of tradition bring to Japanese cuisine. For that, go to Anaba.

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Day Opens Closes
Sunday noon 9 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 10 p.m.
Saturday noon 10 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday noon
9 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
10 p.m.
Saturday noon
10 p.m.

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