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Sushi in Detroit?

I recently moved here from NY, and I have been enjoying some new foods in Detroit but now i am craving some sushi. Any suggestions?

Thanks for any tips!

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  1. Currently I think there is no sushi place in the city of Detroit, but the very hip sushi bar Oslo, on Woodward downtown, is rumored to be reopening soon. Keep an eye out. In the burbs try the Novi area, where there are some Japanese firms. Cherry Blossom, on Novi Rd. near I-96, is a fun big place that has the more unusual yakitori (skewer) cuisine in addition to sushi. Yotsuba, which is in Ann Arbor and (I think) Farmington Hills is very strong. In Ann Arbor there is an authentically Japanese place called Yamato.

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    1. re: Jim M

      Still waiting for Oslo. As for Cherry Blossom, I think it has some good sushi although I'd really refrain from calling it big and fun in response to a New Yorker since it ain't nowhere near what's big and "'fun'" in New York (e.g. Ruby Foos).

      Curious, I'd like to know what sort of new foods you're enjoying in Detroit.

    2. Asian Village has recently opened in the Ren Cen. It is a really cool space that consists of 3 areas. There is a tea house/coffee house (open at 6:00 am), an asian carryout/prepared food area, and the sushi bar. The sushi is very good and the drink selection is excellent.

      1. Try Noble Fish in Clawson. Discerning sushi eaters tell me it's the best in the area, but I have not had the chance to go yet. It's a little grocery store in front w/ a small sushi bar in back with a small seating area. Anytime anyone in Detroit brings up sushi, Noble is the first name out of their mouth.

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        1. re: detroitbrian

          I second Noble Fish in Clawson. It's my first choice for sushi and I dine on their fare every month or so. Sushi Ko, in Farmington Hills (12 Mile and Orchard Lake) is also quite good.

          I'm waiting for coneywitheverything to tell us about Nippon Grille in our hometown of Berkley.

          1. re: BerkleyAndy

            I've not had their sushi, although I seem to remember that it was well reviewed. I've had tempura and a couple of other dishes there that I liked.

            Since my husband's not a fan, I tend to have my sushi itch scratched at lunch--my coworkers and I go to Miyako in Great Lakes Crossing. My Japanese colleague gives it her seal of approval.

            1. re: coney with everything

              And now I'm going to rescind my rec of Miyako. Went last week and it wasn't all that good. Rice was hard, fish was fishy.

              New fave is Makimoto on University just off I75

              1. re: coney with everything

                What do you like about Makimoto? I'd like to find a good sushi place in the northern burbs.

                1. re: mi2ca2mi

                  I'm not a major sushi lover so I can't tell you about the more exotic stuff, but everything I had was very fresh. I had a tempura shrimp roll which was fantastic--nice contrast between the crispy batter and the rice. Some of my coworkers are more into sushi than me and they approve of this place as well.

                  Also, it's across the street from work :)

                  1. re: coney with everything

                    Sounds great - I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the info.

                    1. re: coney with everything

                      Is this place just East of I-75 in a small plaza?

                      1. re: Fritter

                        Yup, also has a Thai restaurant (with variable service and food), and a coney place on the corner.

                        1. re: coney with everything

                          Thanks I'll have to get over there and try that.

          2. Ronin in Royal Oak -- it's new, modern and posh, with the former sushi chefs from Oslo.
            Cafe Sushi in Troy.
            Godaiko in Farmington Hills.
            Musashi in Southfield.
            Mon Jin Lau in Troy.
            Crave in Dearborn, and soon to be opening up in Birmingham.

            1. one place that hasn't been mentioned yet (but i happen to have a fonding for) is sakana lounge in ferndale - www.sakanasushilounge.com. it's got good food, several selection of sake, and just a funky vibe to it.

              1. I'm not much of a sushi fan myself, but I go to AJISHIN in Novi for a noodle dish that is called - I think - Tekagatsu. When I'm there, most of the other customers are Asian and many of them are eating sushi, usually a good indication. Noble Fish is considered among the best in the area.

                1. There is a Fantastic Sushi place in Macomb Twp. calld Osaka Japanese steakhouse.
                  This restaurant has 2 sections. A fun traditional Japanese steakhouse, with talented chefs. Then there is the sushi bar are, which serves up some of the freshest,most delicious and presentable sushi I have ever had. Osaka, is in Macomb Twp. on M-59.

                  1. I've had outstanding sushi in Manhattan and Brooklyn - you won't find anything to compare in the area. But Noble is delicious and fresh in a tiny no frills setting.
                    Be Aware - they close by 7 pm. Not exactly a hot night spot.

                    1. Thanks for the suggestions... and for opening my eyes about sushi places here...

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                      1. re: damselmd

                        Noble Fish Noble Fish Noble Fish. Big ups for the sushi and dry goods, no love for the ambience. It used to close @ 2pm...I managed a club/restaurant in DT Detroit for several years and would get home to my Royal Oak bungalow ~5am most nights...had to struggle in order to get there by 2, but it was always always always worth it.

                      2. Is it just me or does no one else like Little Tree in Royal Oak? My whole family likes it there and on weekends there is a line out the door if you're not there by 7:00 you'll have to wait. Not bad for a restaurant in little Royal Oak.

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                        1. re: grouper

                          Little Tree has its partisans but it isn't necesssary to wait in line for sushi. There are many choices in Ann Arbor as well.
                          1) Yotsuba, which has sushi, many Japanese specialties, and a choice of sushi bar, restaurant or tatami rooms (great for a business meeting with people who appreciate sushi.)
                          2) The Ann Arbor branch of Cherry Blossom, which has the poor fortune of being located in a former Chi Chi's.The atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. However, they do have tatami rooms with charm and privacy. Like the Novi branch, it serves delicious sushi and fine Japanese specialties.
                          3) For inexpensive sushi and noodles, a little takeout place called Makkara. It supplies many delis and grocery stores in Ann Arbor. The quality is excellent for the price and they have udon and other soups.

                        2. One more vote for Noble- I've heard they're the distributors for a lot of other sushi places here too, so they seem to have the freshest fish.

                          1. I always go to the Nippon Grille in Berkley. Owner Tot Nguyen knows his customers by first name and always gives top-notch customer service. Spicy Tuna rolls are the best! Why go to Royal Oak and pay ridiculous/outrageous prices. Very affordable at Nippon Grille. You can also check out their menu at www.nippongrille.com

                            Hope that helps....

                            JB

                            1. thanks for the ideas. Ann Arbor is a bit far for me but i do travel out there for work occasionally, so i will check it out. i think i am going to be nervous to eat sushi in downtown Detroit,but i heard that Sala Thai has decent sushi and great thai food. so maybe a combo craving would be satisfied with that place.

                              thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming!

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                              1. re: damselmd

                                Our favorite is Black Pine Tree, in a tiny strip of stores at the southwest corner of Eureka and Allen Rds. (Southgate). Very easy to get to from I-75.

                              2. what about NOBANA in Troy? Previously owned by Noble (actually they are all shadow owned by MOONIES, but that is a different story).

                                Simple fast food counter order set-up like at NOBLE in Clawson, but with seats for more than 10 people. I am guessing seating for nearly 50-60 in there. UDON, Sushi, salad, bento style lunches. Parking around it the only downside. good, fresh, simple, sushi and no frills service.

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                                1. re: workinglunches

                                  I forgot about Nobana! They are good and easy for a take-out. Sadly, they cater to the offices around the area and I don't think open late in the evening. Thanks for reminding me and I'll have to make a stop there this week.

                                2. Fishbone's in Greektown has sushi.

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                                  1. re: mizjb

                                    Well if that is what you want to call it. I feel fishbones is raw fish on rice, been once and not going back (for anything there).

                                  2. coming soon - the return of oslo on woodward in downtown detroit.

                                    i just read in the paper the other day that the club in the basement is reopening this weekend and that the sushi bar will be open in about two weeks.

                                    1. Cafe Sushi in Troy and Cherry Blossom in Novi. Mr Yamata has both. I go to Cafe Sushi alot (earlier tonight as a matter of fact); it is very consistant and Chef Nakamura-son has been there for years and came from Cherry Blossom.

                                      I went to Ronin in Royal Oak, not so much. Expensive and not very traditional, more of a place to be and a packed very loud room. They hit me for 3$ for green tea (what).
                                      The sushi rice was not up to par (mushy and under-seasoned).

                                      I've been to Chen Chow and can say don't bother. Poor sushi.

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                                        1. re: Docsknotinn

                                          Same here; they do sushi very well. I really have to get to Noble Fish, because I've heard what others here are saying, that it's the best sushi in the Detroit area.

                                        2. re: buttermonkey

                                          We just tried Cherry Blossom last week- we had the shabu shabu rather than sushi, but it was good. We'll definitely go back.

                                        3. I ate at Fumi today at 10 mile and Novi Rd., WOW! Very, very good.

                                          1. Izakaya Sanpei on Joy rd in Canton is a great place. They start with hot towels and the food is the best.

                                            1. I'd second Little Tree in Royal Oak and their neighbor, Katana which is a Japanese steak house. Katana has more atmosphere, but LIttle Tree is good when you are with people who don't get the whole sushi thing - they have great cooked food too - Japanase, Thai and Philipine, I think. Noble Fish is outstanding, but it is more of a lunch or take out spot and is TINY. Last time I was there the Asian people sitting next to me had driven in all the way from Windsor - if that tells you anything. I'll be trying Asian Village again today - and will report back.

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                                              1. re: Ludlows23

                                                Perfect advice for Little Tree, Ludlow: "when you are with people who don't get the whole sushi thing." Or for when you want to eat somewhere that doesn't get the whole sushi thing. It's so mediocre, it's almost a joke.

                                                1. re: amandaqtpie

                                                  Well, I would disagree with your assessment of sushi at Little Tree - I happen to love it ther - they have the best chili tuna handroll - I am adicted to it! But, I know from this board that Little Tree is very polarizing - either you love it or you don't.

                                                  On another note - just came back from Asian Village/Fusia. Its too bad that place isn't taking off - its a beautiful space. We tried a little bit of everything from the menu - two apps (the beef dumplings were very good), a small order of sushi and one main course. I'm not convinced about their sushi - but one of the rolls (the Red Wing Roll - try to say that out loud 5 times) was very good - shrimp tempura and spicy tuna on top. I'll keep trying - its such a cool concept...

                                                  1. re: Ludlows23

                                                    I have had some really poor sushi at Little Tree. As to Asian Village, Fusia's Exec. Chef, David, is 2nd gen Japanese and his father is the sushi chef and a partner. It si too bad that it has not been well recieved but part of the problem is the location and not many people know that it is there.

                                                    1. re: buttermonkey

                                                      this is chef david, former exec. chef of asian village of detroit. i am no longer part of the place neither is my father nor any of my sous chefs and most of my line cooks. i left the place in november because of creative and financial differences with upper management. the menu is completely different from my tenure there. i don't know what kind of food they're doing there but its not what i was doing.

                                                      1. re: sushizawa

                                                        sushizawa - where would you go for great sushi in detroit?

                                                        1. re: tracyd

                                                          i always go to either noble fish in clawson or izakaya sanpei in canton. both of the restaurants are inexpensive and always taste very fresh.

                                                          1. re: sushizawa

                                                            Chef David, where are you working now?

                                                            1. re: buttermonkey

                                                              I'm a chef instructor at the new Art Institute of Michigan in Novi now. My passion has always been to teach so I'm happy that I found a new home

                                                  2. re: amandaqtpie

                                                    We weren't impressed the one time we ate there.

                                                2. I finally made it over to Noble Fish. Freakin incredible. Tried the Salmon, White Tuna, Tuna and Fatty tuna. All incredible. Tried Salmon and Spicy California hand rolls as well as Spicy Tuna and Yellowtail and onion roll. All Awesome. Picked up some goodies in the store, tipped the chefs and brought home a bunch. Not even $60!
                                                  There is a very nice article about Mon Jin Lau in this months Hour magazine.

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                                                  1. re: Docsknotinn

                                                    Told you all so long ago . Some things , thankfully , never change . The new buzz among my foodie friends is Ronin in R.O. in the cursed space at 4th and Layfayette . Apparently , the sushi chef is from the original Oslo downtown . Haven't been there yet , but may try this weekend . I've heard good things ... let me know ...

                                                    1. re: GoalieJeff

                                                      Ronin is good...but very pricey. $4 for a bowl of rice is insulting. I prefer noble fish and mon jin lau has ronin beat on the extracurriculars like drinks and other cuisine.

                                                      1. re: gastronomical

                                                        FOUR DOLLARS FOR A BOWL OF STINKING *RICE*?

                                                        That had better be the *biggest* stinking bowl of rice I've ever seen, and it'd better be attached to a lovely geisha to serve it.

                                                        That's enough to get me to stay away from Ronin, right there. Gastronomical, I think your description of "insulting" is correct, though probably too kind for my tastes. Four dollars for rice. Jiminy.

                                                  2. Tom's Oyster Bar Downtown has really good sushi, Black Pine Tree in Southgate is very good.

                                                    1. Try Ronin in downtown Royal Oak. I love good sushi - this place has great food and a nice atmoshpere

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                                                      1. re: onthetown

                                                        The sushi at Holiday Market in Royal Oak is as good as Ronin... best sushi near Royal Oak is in Clawson. Noble Fish... outstanding! Try the Royal Kubo for Phippipno two doors down...

                                                      2. I have to suggest Kabuki Sushi on Orchard Lake Rd, north of 12 mile. Great sushi and good prices. I also have to agree on Noble Fish in Clawson. Get there before 7 pm though!
                                                        Enjoy!

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                                                        1. re: snoflakes

                                                          IR Noble fish closes at 2pm or maybe 2:30 now.

                                                          1. re: Docsknotinn

                                                            Yes and no. Noble Fish closes after the lunch rush and then reopens for the dinner rush. They close for the day at 7PM.

                                                            1. re: boagman

                                                              ooofdah! LOL They close at 6:30 on Sunday.

                                                        2. The best sushi in my opinion is Sharaku - in West Bloomfield, kind of pricey. Second would be Ronin in Royal Oak, the old sushi chef Katu from Oslo works there there was a dragon style road which offset the tempura with japaleno and mango- insanely good. Oslo has reopened- it is Sushi and Thai food. The owners are from Royal Thai cafe in Royal Oak. I have not had the sushi yet, but it looked good-- I was craving thai- the best tom ka ever. Next choice - Mushashi - but I usually get a japanese entree- because they do things no one else does. I LOVE Shiro in Novi- excellent ambience in a 1920s mansion (much bigger than anything you would find in NY) and Shin the owner is very cool - there is a roll with mango that is in my favorites. Try One World Market in Novi as well, it is owned by the same people who own Noble Fish-- except it is way bigger and has a higher volume of traffic (always good with sushi). Yotsuba is very good and beautiful as well, Ann owned Miki in ann arbor, and it was worth driving for way back before sushi was everywhere.

                                                          1. WoW a buffet with all you can eat sushi all day everyday. I go here once a week for lunch only $ 6.50 per person. The sushi is great with a dozen plus selections,,,,you gotta try it.

                                                            http://www.chefmoz.org/United_States/...

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                                                            1. re: ALPOE

                                                              I like Me'e Sushi in West Bloomfield. Their Bento box is an absolute bargain.

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