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This article was published July 10, 2014 at 1:53 a.m.

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12. Moderate: $12-$25. Expensive: $25 and up. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Japanese

CRAZY HIBACHI CO.

Lakewood Village Shopping Center, 2907 Lakewood Village Drive, North Little Rock, (501) 812-9888

The spacious establishment offers fine Japanese fare and three different dining experiences -- at teppanyaki tables, Mongolian grill or the sushi bar.

Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations (six or more). Moderate.

HANAROO SUSHI BAR & JAPANESE RESTAURANT

205 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, (501) 301-7900

The sushi rolls and nigiri are excellent, and seafood entrees are among the best catches on the lengthy menu.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Fri, dinner Sat. Beer, wine. Moderate.

IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE

11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 217-8888

With a friendly staff and a user-friendly menu with pictures that haven't changed substantially under a still-recent change in ownership, subdued Igibon is welcoming to Japanese food beginners as well as experts, with traditional entrees, sushi and sashimi and more exotic fare than is typically served in showy steakhouses.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Beer, wine. Reservations. Moderate.

KANPAI JAPANESE STEAK & SUSHI

4120 E. McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, (501) 945-9494

This Japanese restaurant near McCain Mall offers sushi, traditional dinners and pleasing, if predictable, hibachi suppers and shows.

Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate.

KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

11401 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock, (501) 225-5999

The excellent expanded sushi bar no longer takes second place to the teppanyaki grills, where the Feast (featuring filet mignon, shrimp, scallops and chicken) is the priciest extravaganza.

Dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.

MT. FUJI

10301 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 227-6498

After more than a quarter century and the arrival of newer, bigger, flashier Japanese competitors, this restaurant, like the volcano it's named for, continues to stand tall, with an excellent and varied Japanese menu and first-rate sushi.

Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations (five or more people). Moderate.

OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT

5501 Ranch Drive, Little Rock, (501) 868-3688

In addition to a good variety of traditional tempura and teriyaki dishes, this subdued, pleasant restaurant anchors a tucked-in (meaning it's hard to see from the main street, Cantrell Road) shopping center, with a "wizard" behind the sushi bar, plus a popular Mongolian Grill.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine, cocktails. Reservations. Moderate.

SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

2815 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 666-7070

That Shogun has been around a long time is evident in its consistent sushi and hibachi dinners as well as in its cozy-to-cavelike atmosphere.

Dinner daily. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate.

SUSHI CAFE

5823 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 663-9888

The loss of sushi chef Alex Guzman to Oceans at Arthur doesn't seem to have affected the volume of business, given the cafe's equally excellent eclectic Asian-fusion menu.

Dinner daily Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations (large parties). Moderate-expensive.

WASABI

101 Main St., Little Rock,

(501) 374-0777

Michael Choi's Asian-fusion menu offers excellent and inventive sushi rolls (the bill of fare is still labeled "Proud Sushi List") and American, Japanese and Chinese entrees in a distinctly non-Asian downtown setting.

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate.

Weekend on 07/10/2014

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