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Cary, NC - Domo (Sushi)?

I have heard that they recently opened. Anyone been?

(It's at Maynard + Harrison...on Maynard, across the street from the Harris Teeter)

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  1. I hadn't even heard of it but I work near there and will give it a try.

    1. I stopped by at lunch today, intending to get takeout. There were maybe 2 or 3 people there at about 1pm. This is a conveyor belt sushi place although they have a menu which includes other items that you can order. Besides non-sushi items, the menu included a list of their specialty rolls. I just wanted a few pieces of tuna and salmon nigiri, and a spider roll...my standard order when I'm wanting to give a new place a try. The hostess looked at me with a blank stare when I asked about the nigiri. She confessed that she didn't know much about sushi and didn't know how to take my order. Since I didn't have time to dine in, I just said I'd come back some other time. I will give them a try again since it is near where I live and work, but I think I'll wait till they are a little more organized. Also, I'd want to see a lot of business (turnover), if I were to eat anything that comes around on the conveyor belt...

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      1. re: ncn8tive

        Thanks ncn8tive for testing it out...better luck next time I guess. I hope they get their act together....can't have too many good sushi options! :)

      2. I have been twice since they have opened. The sushi is delicious and if you select from the conveyor belt, you get a nice selection. The quality of the sushi is excellent. The spicy tuna is the best I've had. They have just gotten their ABC license so they now serve sake, beer and wine. Great place for lunch. It is not very busy at lunch but I'm hoping the word gets out.

        1. Checked it out today. I wanted to just sample things so I ordered spicy scallop and ikura, both nigiri. The presentation was great. Very artistic. Quality was marginal. I just came from a week in CA so I am a bit prejudiced, but it was not up to my expectations and I have had much better in Raleigh/Cary.

          On top of the quality, there was NO ONE else in the restaurant when I ordered, and it took 14 minutes to get the order filled - for FOUR PIECES of sushi! That is completely unacceptable! I think that the guy in the kitchen was not very adept at understanding how to make the spicy scallop so I saw another lady come out into the kitchen and sort of help him out.

          On top of all THAT, the guy who took my order did not know the pricing for the scallop (which he kept referring to as 'the nigiri') and he had to go into the back and ask.

          On top of all THAT, they charged me $6 for the spicy scallop and $7 for the ikura. That is about 40% more than I think it should have been!

          I doubt that I will be back.

          1. Domo is amazing! The Salmon Lover, Sweet Dragon, & Maynard rolls are delicious. I find the quality of their food to be extremely high and I have never had better sushi! This blows Shaba Shabu out of th water, and sadly, I think they get little business due to the location. You also get a salad and soup with each roll for free (even the tomatoes in the salad ar perfect, which is really hard to find!). I highly recommend this restaurant, it blows all other Raleigh sushi locations out of the water!

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            1. re: unseabunni

              IMHO, the sushi in the cold case at Harris Teeter blows Shaba Shabu out of the water, so I'll take that with a grain of salt. I do want to try Domo, though - it would be nice to have a decent sushi place close to the house. How does it compare with Wasabi and Mura?

              1. re: Suzy Q

                I'm sure you saw the N&O review yesterday. I felt like it was a bit of a Catch-22 situation, especially if you like nigiri and sashimi. I sympathize with the economic necessity of taking in less fresh fish so that it doesn't go bad. However, if the restaurant is not offering much nigiri I probably won't go since I much prefer it to maki. So, if I and people like me don't go, they'll have fewer customers, make even less nigiri, make it less appealing, etc., etc.

                I'm afraid I don't know what the answer is, short of turning around this &^#@! economy.

            2. I'll never go to this place again. Ever. I went there for lunch today (a Friday) and will admit that I caught they off-guard a little under-staffed when they were a little busier than they expected but the service was the worst ever. The restaurant wasn't even half-full and I think there was a large party but there's no excuse for waiting 10 minutes for a drink. We're talking a diet pepsi, presumably dispensed from a fountain machine.

              After about 20 minutes, they served soup and a small salad. That was a pleasant surprise. Then I wait and wait and wait for the sushi roll. I complain to the waitress because I have things to do. Why did I even have to bring it up?! She should have apologized without me even having to ask where my meal is. She should have warned me when I sat down that they were going to be slower than normal. I actually considered telling the waitress I was fed up with waiting and was going to leave. In hindsight, I probably should have!

              So the roll finally shows up and it wasn't even very good. I think they rushed it, it wasn't rolled very tightly, and the pieces tended to fall apart while I was picking it up. After an hour fuming over the time I wasted here, suffice to say that I left no tip and am happy about that.

              1. I went there tonight and it was great! The place is immaculate, the food is fresh, and the staff are very nice. The owner came by my table to see how I liked the meal and asked if there was anything that I'd like to see on the menu. It's a little hidden away off of the main drag, but its a real treasure once you find it.