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Hampton Roads sushi quest

Hey guys,

What are some of your favorite places in Hampton Roads (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, etc.) for sushi?

Also, do you have a favorite sushi roll at any of these places?

I have heard very good things about Sushi Aka in Suffolk, and will be trying some of their food at the upcoming March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction on 12 October.

How about the rest of you Hampton Roadsters?


Patrick C=:-)

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  1. My fav for sushi is Kotobuki on 21st St. in Norfolk. Small place but good food. Very fresh ingredients and good service too. If you're driving to it be careful, you might drive right by it, again very small. No rolls for me though, if they're included in a sampler or part of the dish I ordered then fine. Happy hunting.

    1. Hi, I love Nara Sushi on Haygood and my favorite roll is th e mayor roll (apples, boston lettuce and shrim tempura) and the tropical apetizer shouldnt be missed...delish as well. I also love kyushu. My favorite roll there is the mermaid roll (think they got 2nd in the area during the pilot'ssushi taste test) Kyushu is on Newtown in Virginia Beach

      1. Daikichi in Chesapeake on Battlefield Blvd.

        1. Domo on Granby (273 Granby) in Norfolk is reliable, they had 50% off all sushi (not rolls or sashimi, just sushi) last night, not sure how long that will continue. The big score was 2 huge pieces of Uni for $4... Generous hunks of fish, above average for the area. Also, 10% off for military....

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          1. re: flightsurg

            was it good? discounted sushi always scares me a little!
            I have only been to Domo once and wasn't impressed however, that was about 4 years ago...things may have changed since then. Have you been to Kyushu in Va beach? Nara is also an awesome place for great sushi!

            1. re: bythebayov

              Domo's sushi (and this was no exception, better or worse) has always been basic and reliable. Certainly, I would never rave about it being the best ever, but it is somewhere between strip mall sushi and what I'd expect from an average New York/LA/San Francisco sushi restaurant. Kyushu is the best I've found in the region, thanks for the tip. I find it too hard to get out there very often, though. I live blocks from Domo, so that's a factor.

              Domo is a good lunch sushi spot, if Kyushu is the dinner choice...

              Haven't been to Nara, need to try it. Again, thanks for the heads up.

          2. My absolute favorite sushi joint is Daikichi in Chesapeake (http://www.welovesushi.net).

            I lived in Japan for a year, where I fell in love with sushi. Daikichi's sushi is always fresh and of excellent quality. Lots of other menu items, too. The udon noodles are my oldest daughter's favorite.

            We've been going regularly for years and we've never been disappointed by a meal there. Their take-out is good, too!

            1. I've got three places that I go depending on what I am craving for.
              Kyushu is a great place if I am looking for hot cooked food. It is great to know of a japanese dish and not see it on the menu and ask to see if the lady in charge of the cooked food can do it; and most of the time, its not a problem!!!!
              Kanpai for good sushi with great atmosphere. Just a fun place to be, live jazz on Tuesdays, sake-bomb with the chef and servers, great people that go and enjoy the food.
              Zushi for great sushi with the bistro twist. Japanese food with a twist. FInd very interesting combos such as tuna carpaccio, salmon with hot oil, cajun tuna tataki. One last thing about Zushi is the selection of desserts made by a dedicated french trained pastry chef.
              Sushi Aka in suffolk is very much like Zushi. if my memory is correct, the head chef was at Zushi for a bit.
              Keep this post going, I want to try more good sushi places recommended by everyone.

              1. Hi-- We just tried Blue Fin (at Hilltop in Virginia Beach) this past weekend-- it was amazing. Apparently they changed owners last week, and the new management is GREAT! (Not to criticize the old management... it may have been good too, but I have no idea because we never ate there under the old management). My husband and I each ordered a cup of soup and a roll (plenty of food, by the way) and the chef brought us an order of edamame, seaweed salads, green tea, and two tuna hand rolls on the house! Everything there, even down to the pickled ginger, was the best we'd had... and we're huge sushi eaters. The presentation was beautiful--the chef is an artist! The Virginia Beach Roll has tons of fresh (real) crab meat, pine nuts, avocado, etc. and has paper-thin lemon slices between each piece... mmm. Seafood soup was great as well-- packed with shrimp, scallops, squid, real crab, etc. The service was outstanding... its owned by a family and they definitely treat you like family. They were previously chefs at some renowned sushi restaurant in Baltimore but decided to move to the beach and start up their own restaurant. They also carry a small selection of Korean food that sounded good but we didn't try (yet!)

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                1. re: ardis

                  sounds amazing! I kwill have to check it out and thanks for the tip :-)

                  1. re: bythebayov

                    Kyushu on Newtown Road in V.B. and Misako on Virginia Beach Blvd by the Central Library are both excellent. Misako had a Sunday and a Wednesday buffet that was a good price for a powerful sushi hunger. Try the volcano roll at Misako. Every time I suggest we go for sushi here in Illinois my husband always asks if that place has a volcano roll.