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Best sushi in Baltimore

Taking a survey here to help us find a new sushi joint. For regular sushi eaters, please tell me your favorite places to eat sushi in Baltimore and why you frequent them. I would also appreciate comments on if they serve wine, or allow you to bring your own.
We love sushi at Chiyo in Mt. Washington, but we never seem to try anything new.
All comment welcome- positive and negative- just tell me why you have those opinions!

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  1. I like the Spider Rolls at Asahi Sushi in Fells Point... they are like 6 bucks and great... I also like their sushi in general... especially the sashimi... it's BYOB, but it's a one man show and you may have to wait awhile if there are some people already in.... some people may disagree, but I think the sushi is just as good as any other of the toted places in Baltimore ala Matsuri and not as expensive...

    Try the Hwe Dup Bap... it's really good.

    1. Sushi Hana in Mt. Washington is my recent fave. Nice, big rolls.

      1. im convinced that there's no good sushi in bmore. just places that serve rolls

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        1. re: MarcDC

          I have had very good sashimi at Sushi Hana in Mt. Washington and Matsuri. I do think the true test of a sushi place should be plain fish not the maki; not that I never indulge in a roll.

          1. re: jfish

            matsuri's is exceptionally average. their fish is fair and they never have any sort of selection that deviates from the 10 or so "normal" fish that all sushi places serve.


        2. We went to Matsuri on Sunday night and I was totally surprised at how mediocre it was. It's been a year since we've been there and I had been anticipating better-than-average sushi. The next night I ordered in sushi delivery from a place called the Wok and Roll and it tasted no different than the sushi at Matsuri. I hope they were just having an off night.

          1. Matsuri is my favorite. I know other posts have knocked places rolls, but my favorite one at Matsuri is the Cinco De Mayo roll. It was a special roll in may but we order it everytime we go and fight over who gets the last piece each time.

            1. I've been to Nanami Cafe (in Fell's Pt) a number of times over the past month now, and have had quite good fish. We usually get the $60 boat, and it's plenty for me and my girlfriend. :) I'm not a huge fan of their rolls, however...

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              1. re: cinnabar1968

                I had a similar experience trying to convince them something as simple as miso soup tasted off. The customer is always wrong there. And they are still the same family as Kawasaki.


              2. I am a huge fan of the sushi at My Thai on Charles Street in Mt. Vernon. I have never been disappointed by their thai food or sushi and the service is always great. The sushi is always fresh and flavorful. The servers are very helpful and make great suggestions if you are not sure what to order. Reasonably priced too.

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                1. re: elizah81

                  San Sushi in Towson always has the freshest hotegai(scallop sashimi), and sashimi in general. i'm not much of a roll fan.

                2. What about anywhere else, especially closer to Fed Hill...what do you folks suggest are best to worst between something well known Matsuri and other close spots like the Cross street market spot (Nick's) or Soho on Light & Fort, Kiku, maybe even including Ra and Asahi and whatever the one at the ann street wharf is called now that used to be Kawasaki ( I have always loved it but I know it closed down and haven't been back to Fell's in awhile).

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                  1. re: natewv

                    I tried Asahi for the first time in January and liked it a lot. The fish was very fresh and the service was good, and I'm always a fan of BYOB. Ra has good fish and lots of specials (late night happy hour, service industry night, Sunday specials, etc) if you want to do your homework a bit and save some cash. It's SO LOUD THOUGH, WITH THE THROBBING CLUB MUSIC. INSH INSH INSH INSH INSH INSH!!!

                    I've never made it to Kiku, and weirdly have never heard anything about it either way.

                    1. re: natewv

                      Try Geisha on Charles Street. Inventive and consistent.

                    2. I like Sushi Hana (Mt. Washington and Towson) better than all the others I've tried (and as a sushi-lover, I think I have tried most in the area), yet I am still often dissapointed by the quality of some of the fish (often chewy eel etc.). Wish Baltimore had a more consistent sushi place!

                      1. Sushi San/Thai Jai Dee in Canton. Incredibly intricate and flavorful. I've been to Chiyo many times and although they have an insanely long list of specialty rolls, none of them are as blissful as the ones at Sushi San. The Terp Roll is to die for! They serve their own wine - dunno if they'd allow BYOW.


                        1. A couple of updates since the last go-around and a new find:

                          Joss in Mt. Vernon. It's been open for about 2 months, and it's owned by the same people who own Joss in Annapolis. My girlfriend and I walked by about a month ago and had dinner there. Interesting fish -- besides the "typical" fish, they had

                          - Alaskan wild sockeye salmon, salt cured
                          - halibut fin-side meat
                          - some relative of yellow-tail that was a little less buttery, more sweet, and had a little more texture.

                          We also had a flight of maguro (tuna), chu-toro (medium fattiness toro), and o-toro (fattiest cut of toro), which was illuminating as to the different tastes and my own preference (chu-toro is the best! The sweet, melting in your mouth flavor was wonderful. O-toro is a little TOO fatty -- almost like oil in the mouth).

                          More recent updates on some other places:
                          We went to Nanami Cafe in Fell's Point a few weeks ago, and had a very enjoyable meal. They've upgraded their presentation, and the fish was the best that I've had from there, right up to the best I've had in Baltimore. They also had a "blue shrimp" ama-ebi that was quite tasty, and a fresh giant clam that was decent (though I'm not a big fan of giant clam). I think they're trying to improve their value and service for money.

                          I've enjoyed Minato for Happy Hour -- rolls and inventive cocktails, but for some reason haven't felt that the fish, while adequate, did not blow me away. I know they fly some fish in from Japan, which makes their hamachi (yellow-tail) a little less buttery and rich than other yellow-tails I've had elsewhere.