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Recommendations for sushi catering (or other ideas) in MSP/St. Paul area

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I've been lurking around on the boards for awhile and finally have decided to post. My 30th b-day is coming up and I'm would love to have sushi, but I do not want to resort to buying it at the grocery store. Does anyone have recommendations of places that will prepare (I can pick up) a sushi roll assortment in the area of $150-$300?

I'm also not completely married to this idea; so if you have any ideas for food for about 12 people (I'll have the typical cheese, fruit trays, etc) but wanted to try something else.

Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. Happy birthday! Catered sushi sounds like a great party idea.

    I think there are one or two places in town that will do this. Rumor has it that the owners of Obento-Ya started out as sushi caterers - they probably still do this as well as running their gem of a restaurant.

    Give 'em a call and see what you can work out.


    Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro
    1510 Como Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    1. My friends and I often have sushi parties. We make it ourselves. I think it is the best way to go and it is super easy. Fish from coastal seafoods and the rest from United Noodles. Maybe not what you are looking for, but a great alternative. And it is a lot of fun.

      1. Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro started out as a Shushi Catering org before they opened their Japanese Bistro Restaurant (VERY GOOD and a MUST TRY spot!) at Como Ave S. and 15th Ave. Great Sushi!!

        In the meantime, their catering business is online at: www.sushiway.com

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        1. re: tart1

          As AnneInMpls stated first, Obento-Ya is a great place to start with. You should definitely try it out first, and judge for yourself. You can order a 12 pc sushi meal with all the fixins for about $13, or you can order one by one according to your taste and agenda. Everyone I've known to date has liked the Sushi offerings a lot so...the decision is up to you to try it out! Again, try out their sushi catering org at www.sushiway.com

          Best wishes!

        2. Wow - you all are the greatest! I will definitely give Obento-Ya a call tomorrow! Thanks so much!

          1. It's no longer obvious from their website, but I remember announcements at Coastal for sushi trays if you order ahead. Perhaps give the Minneapolis store a call?

            2330 Minnehaha Ave S.
            Minneapolis, MN

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            1. re: KTFoley

              I know that Saji-Ya has party trays...check out their website to find out pricing. I believe that fits into your budget.

            2. I would not reccomend Obento-Ya sushi catering especially for 12 people. I think they work primarily with events that require sushi for hundreds of people and because of that they make very cheap stuff. I know them from a few universities where they have sushi everywhere.

              For your price range you could find sushi of better quality and variety. I would suggest Midori's. I know Midori and wholeheartedly reccomend their food. They are great people working incredibally hard at their family restaurant. Some of the Japanese places in town are not run by Japanese people and many of the sushi chefs are not Japanese. Midori is an exception and prepares all sushi herself. It is some of my favorite in Minneapolis.

              Obento-Ya catered sushi is similar to ACE sushi found at Rainbow foods or Sushi Express and I almost prefer ACE to Obento-Ya. More variety and actually ACE has more authentic choices.

              Obento-Ya catered sushi has very mushy rice (sushi rice should never be super mushy)and some of the combinations I have tried at various places have not tasted good at all. More than once the rice has looked more like a white starch paste. Sometimes very fishy, the salmon on more than one occasion has had a nasty aftertaste, and some of the combinations like imitation crab and shrimp salad roll almost made me gag a little bit.

              Good news is I have eaten at their bistro and the sushi there is very different.

              My two cents - go for sushi from a place that is not running a fast food style sushi operation. I know the sushi chef at Saji-Ya as well and they would also be good. He is a younger Japanese guy. Although I have to reccomend Midori's +++

              1. Ahhh, the smell of mackerel and stinky cheese all in one smorgasbord. Yum! Sorry, Chic just had to sass ya.

                Sushi Tango in uptown may be able to hook you up.

                If you don't have regular place consider calling around to somplace close and ask if they will and what lead time they need to have it ready. If I were you I wouldn't want to call it in too far in advance, or you might as well just go to the supermarket. Many of the best rolls and nearly all sashimi are not something you want made too far in advance.

                Good Luck!