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Jun 24, 2008 10:03 AM

Japanese Food in Atlanta?

I'm going to a tradeshow at AmericasMart for seven days this coming July. I'm excited to try out all the "southern foods" that the city has to offer... HOWEVER, my boss is coming from Japan to join in on the fun for four days and for some odd reason, he can only eat Japanese food. It doesn't have to be cheap, but it has to be good.
I've seen some suggestions for sushi places here and there, but are there any other suggestions?

PS We don't have cars, so somewhere preferably close... IE, walking distance or short distance on taxi.

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  1. Most of the sushi joints recommended by locals are of the "hip professionals going for drinks and decent sushi after work" variety, with modern and ostentatious decor. Just my experience. And none of the sushi at those places would please a hard-core Japanese dude, I think, but I've not tried all of those places.

    The only sushi Ive had in a more traditional ambience, and with truly excellent food, is Hashiguchi in Marietta. It's a true Japanese food experience, from what I can tell. A lot of the fish is flown in from Japan, and the owner is a hard-core Japanes dude who can barely bring himself to serve maki rolls. And they have a wide assortment of non-sushi Japanes food, too. You might want to rent a car, otherwise he might starve. Atlanta is not teeming with "real" Japanese food. Maybe somebody else knows better about a good place near you, but some of the places that get recommended here on Chowhound would NOT please your boss, I assure you....

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    1. re: uptown jimmy

      Maybe MF Sushi is close and good enough? Never tried it, as it has that vibe and decor I do not dig at all, but folks say the food is really good...

      1. re: uptown jimmy

        Thank you Jimmy! Do you know what the closest MARTA station is to Marietta (well, at least to Hashiguchi)?? We will most likely take a taxi from the station because we wont be able park a car even if we rented one!

        1. re: nomnomnoms

          Unfortunately, MARTA doesn't go anywhere near Marietta. I suppose you could go to Dunwoody station (Perimeter Mall) and taxi from there, but it might be about the same as taxi the whole way. Any MARTA-riders have a better suggestion?

          1. re: nomnomnoms

            Marietta has a long history of keeping public transit out of the area. I wish it was easier for you guys to get there, as I know your boss would feel right at home.

            I worked for a guy in Athens that was very old-school Japanese. He ran his sushi bar just the same way as Hashiguchi, and it's still the only sort of sushi restaurant I can enjoy. Kizawa was a character, though. He was pretty uptight, but his sushi was darned good. And he sorta warmed up to me, the crazy American. Called me "Kooky JJ". I wish he was still around and making killer sushi. But Athens is a tough place to run a "true" sushi restaurant...

        2. The Pacific Rim Bistro is near where you'll be staying. I have no idea if it's any good.

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          1. re: northside food

            Pacific Rim is pretty good for some things (very nice sea bass) but the sushi is not anything to write home about.

          2. Nakato on Cheshire Bridge is very good.
            Hope you have a nice visit. There is Kang Nam on Buford Hwy, but I am not sure how Japanese it is.

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            1. re: Katj

              I second Nakato. I was pleasantly surprised to find their sushi to be phenomenal!

              I noticed discussion of Hashiguchi above... I used to go to the one by Lenox mall all the time and frankly can't remember why I stopped going there. If it's the same as the one in Marietta, it is super easy to reach by MARTA.

            2. The best, most authentic sushi/japanese cuisine is Sushi Huku, 6300 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30339. Not all that close to where you're going to be I will bet, but every japanese friend I have goes here when they get homesick. A very authentic experience. I hope you can find a friend with a car to take you :)

              1. I have spent a lot of time in Japan (about 20 trips, a couple of which have been over a month) and have eaten a lot of sushi there and here. Frankly, I like a lot of americanized sushi, but if you want true Japanese sushi the only place I have found it in Atlanta is MF Buckhead (the other location, MF Sushibar is closer to where you will be, and is very good, but far less authentic). MF Buckhead is all kinds of expensive -- look for over $100 per person -- but still much cheaper than eating sushi in Japan. I once had a client take me out to a wonderful little place in Minato-ku, and was relieved he was paying when I realized the bill was over $3000 for 6 of us.