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Best Sushi in NOLA?

KittCat84 Aug 26, 2009 06:23 PM

Hi Chowhounds!
I'm heading to NOLA with the boyfriend in October and we are sushi lovers. Have any suggestions for the best place to go in the city?

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  1. mrsfury RE: KittCat84 Aug 26, 2009 07:09 PM

    We liked Ninja uptown.

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      midcity RE: KittCat84 Aug 26, 2009 07:25 PM

      I like Sake uptown.

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        MidCityGumbo RE: KittCat84 Aug 26, 2009 09:15 PM

        1 vote for Mikimoto in Mid-City

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          tc101589 RE: KittCat84 Aug 26, 2009 09:42 PM

          Rock-n-Sake on Fulton is excellent.

          or Sushi Brothers on St. Charles near Lee Circle.

          Both are solid choice.

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            gastrotect RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 06:28 AM

            My faves are Ninja, Kyoto and Sake Uptown.

            1. uptownlibrarian RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 09:08 AM

              Kyoto 2 in Elmwood, Horinoya, or Kyoto on Prytania if I'm staying close to home.

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                txgirl RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 10:23 AM

                I like Sake Uptown (both for the sushi and the atmosphere) and also Hana on Hampson Street in the Riverbend area.
                Haven't been to Mikimoto but someone told me it is good and draws a fun happy hour crowd (? can anyone confirm?)

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                  lawstudent RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 01:56 PM

                  My two favorites are Kyoto and Sake Uptown. Kyoto is right next to Creole Creamery, so you can get ice cream for dessert.

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                    Bocuse NOLA RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 02:39 PM

                    Kanno and Sushi Bros are my favorites. I usually like Kyoto, but my last visit was disappointing (though I would still recommend it).


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                      uptownlibrarian RE: Bocuse NOLA Aug 27, 2009 02:48 PM

                      I hadn't been in awhile, but I had lunch there on Monday (Chirashi lunch special) and it was great, including some fantastic escolar. So it's back on my list...for now...

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                        nikinik RE: uptownlibrarian Aug 28, 2009 10:41 AM

                        I HEART escolar!

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                          midcity RE: uptownlibrarian Aug 28, 2009 05:49 PM

                          What is escolar?

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                            uptownlibrarian RE: midcity Aug 29, 2009 06:50 AM

                            It's a rich, oily fish with white meat. If you like mackerel, you'll probably like escolar, but escolar is less "fishy" tasting than mackerel. It's called walu in Hawaii. You're not supposed to eat too much, because the oils in it cause what are sometimes referred to as "ill side-effects." Wikipedia has more information.

                      2. N.O.Food RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 04:12 PM

                        I think Sake Cafe is the best in town. There are many others that are on a slightly lesser level but are still good: kyoto, ninja, hana, rock n sake, etc. It also depends on what you like. I like sashimi, so the fish has to be fresh, fresh, fresh. That's why I like Sake. I don't recall ever having a bad piece of fish there. I can't say that about any other place in town. If you like rolls, Sake has the most and most creative rolls in town, too. But if you like rolls, you're probably safe going anywhere. You can hide a lot in a roll.

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                          shanefink RE: N.O.Food Aug 27, 2009 06:33 PM

                          I find the size of the fish to be small at Sake for the sushi and sashimi. I think you get better quality too at Kyoto 2 and Horinoya as Uptown Librarian pointed out. However, if I was coming from out of town on a date, I think Sake Cafe is a great date place. And Rock n Sake would be the most fun place to go.

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                            KittCat84 RE: shanefink Aug 27, 2009 07:17 PM

                            Wow! I didn't realize there were so many sushi choices! I had heard of Rock'n'Sake before. We will be staying on Pauger Street in the Marigny - are any of the places mentioned above close to there or would these all be cab rides? Thanks!

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                              shanefink RE: KittCat84 Aug 27, 2009 07:28 PM

                              all cab rides. rock n sake would be the closest of the abovementioned.

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                                Shiloh RE: KittCat84 Aug 28, 2009 06:45 AM

                                wasabi is on the corner of frenchmen and burgundy, probably within a couple of blocks of you, depending on where you're staying on pauger. it's probably rarely in a discussion of the best sushi in the city, but i think it's pretty good and, considering the proximity, it's probably worth a try.


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                                  kibbles RE: Shiloh Aug 29, 2009 08:58 AM

                                  yeah Wasabi is my neighborhood sushi joint. theres a saying, "The best sushi joint is the one you frequent the most." since its nearby and usually has a nice dark bar, i eat there the most :)

                                  the Wasabi House Roll is pretty impressive. i also like the Money Roll (i believe) and any of the ones without rice such as the phoenix or summer rols, theyre refreshing.

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                            smctexnola RE: KittCat84 Aug 28, 2009 08:55 AM

                            How can you talk about sushi in NOLA and not mention Horinoya?? The fish there is hands down the best in the city. The location is downtown, and not exactly ideal unless you are planning to head to the quarter or Frenchmen St. afterwards, but the sushi at Horinoya is superb. It's unfortunate that they have no website, but this also contributes to the "hidden gem" factor.

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                              roro1831 RE: smctexnola Aug 28, 2009 09:05 AM

                              Maybe I went there on an off day, but I was not impressed with the sushi there at all. It has been quite some time since I gave it a shot though.

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                                N.O.Food RE: smctexnola Aug 28, 2009 09:19 AM

                                Sorry, but I agree with roro. I work right next door to Horinoya, and I don't think it's anything special. On par with lots of places around town. I'm sticking with Sake for best overall.

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                                  nolauptownchic RE: N.O.Food Sep 1, 2009 07:42 PM

                                  I totally disagree. Horinoya really does have the best fish in town. I have found Sake cafe uptown to be disappointing/ mediocre. Horinoya's sushi is outstanding, not to mention its very peaceful atmosphere. If yo

                              2. nikinik RE: KittCat84 Aug 28, 2009 10:39 AM

                                Sushi Brothers on St. Charles.

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                                  boristhebutcher RE: KittCat84 Aug 28, 2009 12:23 PM

                                  Horinoya in CBD

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                                    knowla RE: KittCat84 Aug 28, 2009 12:54 PM

                                    The one time I went to Sushi Brothers on St. Charles I found it to be very, very mediocre. I am not a picky eater at all, but the rolls were very underwhelming there.

                                    Rock-n-Sake and Sake uptown are both fantastic in my opinion.

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                                      Troika RE: knowla Aug 30, 2009 03:56 PM

                                      i really like mikimoto. And Kanno in metairie is pretty good too. not the biggest sake cafe fan, uptown or otherwise.

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                                        mrsfury RE: Troika Aug 30, 2009 06:16 PM

                                        I used to like the Sake Cafe uptown but have not been there in a while. Metairie's Sake Cafe almost turned me off for good.

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                                      mecmec RE: KittCat84 Sep 4, 2009 06:06 PM

                                      I really like Lil' Toyko in Mid-City- it's in a little strip, so doesn't feel very "new orleanish" but the chocolate city roll there is my favorite roll in the city!

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                                        KittCat84 RE: mecmec Sep 5, 2009 07:15 AM

                                        I think we are going to attempt Rock-n-Sake. It isn't really near where we are staying, but their website's menu looks good and looks like a fun place!

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                                          heavy d RE: KittCat84 Sep 6, 2009 04:29 PM

                                          KittCat84 , i live in Biloxi MS and we have about 12 sushi joints within 20 miles of me and i drive 1 1/2 hours one way just to eat at Rock-n-Sake. i love it. some of my favorite rolls are lsu roll, fulton street roll, Hawaiian roll. they also have about 3 or 4 rolls that are special rolls each day so ask what they are. we had one that had blue cheese in it that was really good it was called the blue brees roll named after drew brees the Saints QB. have fun and be safe.

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                                            heavy d RE: heavy d Sep 6, 2009 04:35 PM

                                            here is a pic of the lsu, Hawaiian fulton and a few others.

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                                        The Collapser RE: KittCat84 Sep 8, 2009 08:16 AM

                                        Hands down, the best sushi place in New Orleans is Horinoya. It's on Poydras at Baronne in the CBD.

                                        Real Japanese chefs, amazing skill, and the fullest Japanese menu, including Kobe beef.

                                        The only other place that is remotely worth going to is Sake Cafe on Magazine. Pretty interior, nice ambient music, and they've really tried to go upscale recently, and it has been mostly successful.

                                        Every other place, Hana, Ninja, Kyoto, are on par with day-old grocery store cooler sushi.

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                                          geo91181 RE: The Collapser Mar 31, 2010 02:32 PM

                                          sad but true

                                        2. nola79 RE: KittCat84 Mar 31, 2010 04:27 PM

                                          Sake was the best, IMO. But now I enjoy Yokohama Sushi even more than Sake. Yokohama is a new place at Baronne and Common near the roosevelt. Sit at the sushi bar and try the whitefish cerviche there as well if you get a chance.

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                                            coffeebrownies RE: KittCat84 Sep 21, 2010 07:32 PM

                                            Looking for updates on Sushi in NOLA. We will be staying near Poydras Street for long enough that we can't eat wonderful Cajun/Creole food every night, and won't have a car. I am not looking for creative rolls, but for simple, authentic sushi with fresh fish, perfect rice, and perhaps a chef who can provide an Omakase service. Sounds like Horinoya might be the ticket--is it still around? Is it still good? Is it what I am looking for?

                                            Horinoya Restaurant
                                            920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                              uptownlibrarian RE: coffeebrownies Sep 22, 2010 05:28 AM

                                              Yes, Horinoya is exactly what you're looking for. Enjoy.

                                              Horinoya Restaurant
                                              920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                                kibbles RE: uptownlibrarian Sep 22, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                let me ask this -- does Horinoya have an over reliance on krab salad in the rolls? ive found many NOLA area sushi restaurants seem to rely very heavily on stuffing rolls w/ krab salad. it single-handedly takes something fresh and healthy and turns it into something heavy and kinda gross. i dont get it, but i think it has something to do w/ lack of japanese chefs. did not see this in my two years in california.

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                                                  uptownlibrarian RE: kibbles Sep 22, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                  Horinoya doesn't have any rolls like that. It's not the kind of place with a mile-long rolls list like Sushi Brothers. No Krab salad anywhere.

                                                  Menu: http://www.nola.com/sites/lagniappe/h...

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                                                N.O.Food RE: coffeebrownies Sep 22, 2010 06:43 AM

                                                The only Omokase I know of is at Little Tokyo on Carrolton. I've been and it's great. It's also a great deal. Here's an article about it:


                                                Little Tokyo
                                                310 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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                                                  uptownlibrarian RE: N.O.Food Sep 22, 2010 07:05 AM

                                                  I've ordered Omakase at Horinoya. Outstanding. Not cheap, but still a good value for the experience.

                                                  Horinoya Restaurant
                                                  920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                                    bourbonstjoe RE: N.O.Food Sep 22, 2010 10:46 AM

                                                    I've read that article N.O.Food, I wanna live the adventure next time I'm in town but I'm a little worried cause the GF's pretty much a sushi/sashimi novice and from what I can gather the Omakase plate comfortably feeds 4!! Now I'm a hound (obviously) when it comes to such deliscious fare, but, well do they hand out doggie bags? I could probably get a second wind and gorge myself on more later....

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                                                      N.O.Food RE: bourbonstjoe Sep 22, 2010 04:44 PM

                                                      It is large. Four of us ate one serving. We weren't stuffed, but it was enough, especially since you can walk over to Angelo Brocato's for dessert. I'm sure they would give you a doggy bag. However, I don't think this would be something for the novice sushi eater. I eat a good bit of sushi and I wasn't fond of some of the stuff with an extremely fishy taste. It's definitely a good experience though, and I recommend it.

                                                      Good to know about Omokase at Horinoya, librarian. Any idea when they get their fish delivery? Honestly, I've only ever had mediocre experiences at Horinoya - not bad but not great. I'm up to try their Omokase though.

                                                      Horinoya Restaurant
                                                      920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                                        coffeebrownies RE: N.O.Food Sep 22, 2010 10:44 PM

                                                        Mediocre why? Was the fish not fresh, or not what you were expecting, or the service????...Trying to suss out whether it is a worthwhile place to dine or if we should take a cab elsewhere. I am coming from LA (the City) and probably have fairly high sushi standards, given the breadth of options near us. Thanks.

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                                                          N.O.Food RE: coffeebrownies Sep 23, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                          Maybe mediocre was a strong word. The first time I went to Horinoya, I was told it was the best sushi in the city, bar none. But I ended up thinking it wasn't as good as other places while being more expensive. Yeah, their fish is fresh, but... I don't know, it just strikes me as lackluster. I don't mean to sound down on the place. I go there quite a bit for lunch since it's a block away from my building, and it gives me my sushi fix. But if I'm going to go out to dinner for sushi, I'm going to Sake Cafe. I've never had a bad piece of fish at Sake. There's also a wider variety on the menu for the non-raw eaters. Lots of creative rolls, etc. I suppose that's why I like Sake. It's hella consistent, has a broad menu, and is an overall nicer dining experience. FYI, we typically eat sashimi as well as rolls when we go, so I tend to like places that do both well. Hope this helps.

                                                          Horinoya Restaurant
                                                          920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                                            Hungry Celeste RE: N.O.Food Sep 23, 2010 08:59 AM

                                                            I won't eat at Sake Cafe....any place that perpetually offers escolar as the white fish of the day isn't getting my sushi $$. Horinoya is quiet, low key, and comfortable. While it doesn't get a shipment from Tokyo's fish market like the Little Tokyo location in mid-city, it does frequently offer local fish on the specials board: flounder, red snapper, etc. The list of cooked items is interesting, too, esp in the appetizers dept. Note: if you go at lunch, it's like Horinoya is a different restaurant...often stuffed to the gills with business lunchers, conventioneers, tourists. It is much quieter in the evenings, and it also has 2-3 tatami rooms if you want complete peace & quiet.

                                                            Little Tokyo
                                                            310 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                                            Horinoya Restaurant
                                                            920 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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