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sushi in asheville (nc)

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  • mark Oct 20, 2005 09:19 AM

i was reading the posts about sushi on the NAF and general boards, and got to thinking that i haven't delved too deeply into it. what are some good places to try around asheville? i know about wasabi & zen sushi, but don't know how they rate. opinions on those two, and any others out there.

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  1. What's the one down on Lex (or is it biltmore, I get confused) across from the head shops? I thought it sucked.

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    1. re: danna

      the only one i know of downtown is wasabi on broadway. i usually don't look for sushi places as my wife, until i talked her into it last night, hasn't been into it.

      i read your post on sushi koji. where is that located? i occasionally make it to greenville, and would like to try it.

      1. re: mark

        If you liked the post on Sushi Koji may I suggest you read the title for the location?

        1. re: michael b

          i was looking for an address/street. i'm aware it's in greenville.

          1. re: mark

            never mind, i found it. for anyone else who wants to know, it's: 765 Haywood Rd # E, Greenville, 29607 - (864) 676-0200.

            1. re: mark

              Sorry Mark, I was away from my post ;-)

              It's in a strip center directly across Haywood rd. from the Mall. It is the strip center between I385 and Barnes & Noble.

              1. re: danna

                thanks. i know exactly where that is. looking forward to trying it.

      2. re: danna

        danna, is heiwa shokudo the one you were thinking of? if so, i guess i should stay away? what didn't you like about it?

        1. re: mark

          I think that's it. Just mediocre fish as I recall. It's been a while though. We usually don't do sushi in Asheville since it's the one good thing we can get in Greenville.

          1. re: danna

            I don't think Heiwa promotes itself as a sushi place though it serves some sushi dishes. If you go there with that in mind the food is very good. If you're looking for good sushi my favorite is Ichiban down in Biltmore Village. The nice thing is you can bring your non-sushi lovers down for a great meal as well.

      3. Mark
        Haven't been to Heiwa in a while but I was never too impressed - not much variety - always seemed like it was primarily salmon
        Zen on Merrimon - casual - a lot of variety - once they know you they will suggest the freshest fish so we usually get tataki to start
        Wasabi downtown - sit at the sushi bar and show an interest in sushi/sashimi and they will tell you about the best of the specials.

        I don't think either of these really compare with Sushi Koji but are both good.

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        1. re: leah

          thanks. i tried wasabi last week and thought it was pretty good. i'll hit zen next.

        2. Ok, i know this is a really old post, but the best sushi in asheville is definetely at Asian Grill on Hendersonville Road. It's a little out of the way, but they always have the freshest fish and tastiest chef's special rolls.

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          1. re: broxtermonster

            Asiana Grill? you should try Green Tea near Sam's Club

            1. re: broxtermonster

              Presently closed. Are they moving or shut down for good?

            2. Has anyone else tried Soro's in Brevard. We've been twice and have been pleasantly surprised, especially since its in Brevard. I believe they have plans to open one in Hendersonville soon too. Everytime we've been its been packed even on Tuesday nights. It is in a strange place (in a strip mall) but I suppose there' s little choice in Brevard.

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              1. re: ScottWNC

                Scott, others on this forum have mentioned it (but never by name!) so I need to try it next time I am in Brevard. I suspect the strip mall location doesn't deter the students from Brevard College.

                1. re: ScottWNC

                  I think it's actually Sora (with an a). Yes, I think it's very good. They have good uni. The sushi chef (at least the one there on Saturday afternoon) is talkative, and happy to make recommendations. Some of the rolls are expensive and a little overdone with all the fancy sauces, but they taste good.

                  The best sushi I ever had EVER ANYWHERE was in a strip mall (albeit right off Peachtree Rd in Atlanta). Not sure what that's all about. ;-)

                  1. re: danna

                    Haven't been to Sushi Koji in your neck of the woods (Greenville) but it was pretty impressive a couple of years ago.

                    1. re: leahinsc

                      Unfortunately, Koji closed, a new sushi rest. which I have not tried is in it's place. Word is, Koji san is cooking at Blue Fire Grill next to WF on Woodruff road (at the Shops at Gridlock ;-)). Their advertising looks to be a nightmare of Japanese steakhouse, sushi, chain-fusion, etc. So I haven't tried it either.