Sushi in Raleigh-Durham
Does anyone have opinions on Sushi in the triangle? I've been to 4 places so far. (please excuse my pathetic spelling, and lack of correct place names)
Yamazushi (on 751 at the woodcroft plaza)
good first time, bad second time. I've had better grocery store stuff, it was chewy, and grisly, even the salmon.
Place in Chapel Hill on 15/501 behind all the performan ce auto stores.
supposedly the best in the triangle. not. they couldn't even get the rice correct.
Place right off Franklin in Chapel Hill at the intersection with Columbia.
nice, lots of UNC kids, decent prices, small pieces of fish, but the proportions were correct.
Susil Sushi (54 & Fayetteville, right off of 40)
my favorite in the triangle. not traditional, but the quality is very good. their house rolls are very good. free embeke(sp) (soy beans) at the bar.
I went to Sushi-Yoshi yesterday for lunch and had a very bland experience -- I've been there several times over the years and always find it too warm inside, ok not great service, ok not fabulous sushi (but I'm ever-hopeful...working to get over that trait).
However, I've been delighted lately with Akashi on 54 (www.akashi54.com) -- It's practically at the 54-55 intersection (in the odd one-story jagged strip shopping center after the RR tracks on the left as you head toward RTP). They do a lovely sashimi platter, offer sushi specials daily, have $1 nigiri every day, offer 1/2 price rolls (and they have 73 rolls on their menu)....The chef will apparently offer sushi classes on Sunday afternoons if a group of about 10 want to give it a go (Last I checked, it was 1-3 for $50 per person -- you make and eat). Give it a shot.
WARAJI.... WARAJI.... WARAJI....WARAJI... WARAJI... WARAJI....
this place sets the precedent for raleigh sushi... it's real convenient to durham, too. just take 70 towards raleigh and then take a rt on duraleigh rd. or blue ridge rd. it's right near where duraleigh turns into blue ridge, and it's in a strip mall, but don't knock it til you try it... we're in nc, not seattle, so some of our best sushi places here are, unfortunately, strip mall eateries. theirsushi chefs are the best i've seen south of the mason-dixon, and the toro is the best i've tried in the triangle.
Sorry for the late reply, I just found chowhound.com. And on the Raleigh side I can vouch for all of the following locations.....
Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse in Cary (across from SouthHills Mall) on Buck Jones Road. Eat there frequently for lunch. Have eaten in the steakhouse part for dinner on special occassions. One of their specialties is the NC State roll. It is red due to the flying fish eggs on the outside.
Sushi-Thai in Cary on Kildaire Farm Road in Kroger shopping center, near Maynard Road. Both Japanese and Thai cuisines giving you some variety. Reviews on citysearch are mixed, but we have always had good food and service.
Sushi Blues Cafe - downtown Raleigh on Glenwood Avenue (across from Hard Times Cafe). Have eaten there once or twice. Not spectacular in any area, but not many other choices for sushi inside the beltline.
Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant - small sushi bar in an intimate little restaurant in an awful strip shopping center on Maynard, just north of Cary Towne Center Mall and just south of Chatham Street.
Don't know the name of it and can't find it online, but there is also a good sushi place in North Raleigh on Six Forks Road at the corner of Sawmill in Celebration of Six Forks shopping center. Haven't been there in more than a year, but used to go there for lunch pretty frequently. Yummy!
No need for paper phonebooks and no worries about misdirecting anyone with www.yellow.com. I simply plugged in Raleigh, NC and Sushi Yoshi and came up with the following:
116 Old Durham Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
As a bonus, yellow.com also shows you where the place is on a map. See the link below.
Waraji sushi has the worst customer service period! Not only do they know nothing about sushi bar etiquette, when I tried to very tactfully explain that it would help service if they would multitask the bar area better and give just a little food at a time, instead of bringing my whole meal 1 hour later at the sushi bar! I mean comon! I like ordering a few sushi orders and go from there what i want to eat not starve for an hour and then get the whole thing, thats not sushi bar experience. The owner could have easily said I am sorry and let me buy you a 2 dollar sake and I might have come back but noooooo! He had to argue with me, attacking my character and basically ruining the dinning experience. Unbelievable, I should have paid for him to go to a customer service seminar! The bad service the long wait outwieghs the positive good fish by a long shot.