The elegant minimalism of Japanese restaurants made an immediate impact on British diners. Many restaurant-goers were introduced to Japanese cuisine through chic sushi bars. These days there is a wide variety of Japanese restaurants in the West Midlands, ranging from formal fine-dining establishments to casual high street noodle bars. The refined combination of seaweed, raw fish or seafood, and seasoned rice gives a sense of the balance and subtlety of Japanese cuisine. Sushi is still popular but menus in modern Japanese restaurants offer dishes that are influenced by other Asian and European cuisines.