At Moonchine, kitsch is an understatement. Basking in this eatery's red, Amsterdam-esque glow are purple walls, hanging lanterns, sterile silver counters, and bamboo embellishments galore. Waitresses wear harajuku-inspired Japanese schoolgirl uniforms, and if you're lucky, you can catch a random movie, such as St. Elmo's Fire, playing muted on a large projection screen. The pan-Asian and sushi menu is an array of crowd-pleasing (if not always overly generous) dishes at affordable prices. Stalwarts such as tuna and salmon tataki, pad thai, and authentic Thai-style curries are competently prepared and flavorful. Traditional (American) sushi rolls such as the California ($5.95) and the JB ($8.95) are available, but try some of the original creations, including the glutton-friendly deep-fried rainbow roll, the tres amigos ($10.95), and the light and fresh mango roll ($9.95), stuffed with spicy tuna and cilantro. If you have a difficult time deciding what to order, hit up the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, which boasts all of the most popular items from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $15.95. And for dessert, skip all the generic tempura offerings and opt for the sticky rice mango ($6); it's sweet, light, and simply perfect.
At night, their charming garden area located in the outside rear of the restaurant turns into Lounge 71 -- a funky bar with hanging lights, white linen drapes, thatch walls and yes, more harajuku-inspired Japanese schoolgirl waitresses except instead of serving sushi, they're pushing shots.