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Sushi: Top 3 in TC

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  1. My Top 3 are:

    Fuji Ya, St. Paul - I sit at the bar, the chefs have learned my name, the specials are always top notch (only place I've had Buri, a bigger, fattier Hamachi), the prices are competitive, and it doesn't pretend it's a night club after 9pm. I've really been ordering mostly off of the specials the last couple times. They've had a Super Spider-man roll that is $20, but it's as big as a baby's arm and has had either two kinds of crab, or a crab and lobster. Definitely worth the price of admission.

    Sushi Tango, Uptown - they have a really wide selection of ingredients for nigiri. Fuji-Ya's website shows a lot, but the in house menu doesn't seem as expansive. I've tried getting some of the Market Price items at Sushi Tango a couple times, but to no avail. They will do Omakase if you ask, you just give them a dollar amount. I'd like Sushi Tango more if I didn't have to deal with Uptown traffic and parking.

    Midori's Floating World Cafe - A mom n' pop sushi place, the service can glacial at times, but it's always worth it for the Unagi. Their unagi might be my favorite bite of food in the Twin Cities. The portion is huge, it's served warmer than anywhere else, and it's just melts in your mouth. They also have a large selection of vegetarian rolls, which is a welcome addition. They have a really nice value in the Sushi Jo dinner, I believe it's 10 nigiri and a roll for about $20, it worked out to a little over $1 / piece.

    I've also been to:

    Saji-Ya - decent. Plastic furniture. Probably where sushi beginners start. Or possibly end?

    Tiger Sushi II - only been once, but did enjoy it quite a bit. Great value on my Jameson order, a goldfish could've lived in the glass. Food was very good except for one roll that was a bit of a miss.

    Giapponese - good value, especially half hour prices, but I found their rice to be odd, I thought it was just regular rice. Good service. The one time I went, we were at one point the only table, on a Saturday, at 6pm. Eerie.

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    Saji-Ya
    695 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Midori's Floating World Cafe
    2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Sushi Tango
    3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Giapponese
    10060 City Walk Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55129

    Tiger Sushi II
    2841 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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    1. re: semanticantics

      I like Midori quite a bit, but I agree the service can be dreadful there. The last time we went we saw our order sitting on the counter for about 10 minutes before the waitress brought it to us.

      My favorite is Koyi sushi downtown Minneapolis. Their happy hour stuff is dependable and some of their larger creative rolls are very fun. But I find myself going to Fuji Ya more often because it's easier to get to for me. I think the quality of fish at Koyi and Fuji Ya are about the same.

      I'm surprised to see the kind words for Sushi Tango. I've found their fish to be substandard. Last time I purposely ordered a few sashimis to confirm that it is all a little . . . fishy. I haven't been back since.

      I think the happy hour at Nami is very boring and not all that cheap. It's never made me happy. I can't speak for anything else there.

      I agree that Wasabi is probably the best value.

      Crave just rubs me the wrong way all-around. What is their point? Why don't they just go away already. I went to the one in the galleria and the only beer available for the happy hour special was MGD. What is that?

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      Fuji Ya
      600 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      Sushi Tango
      3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      Nami
      251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

      1. re: galewskj

        Is Koyi still open but in a diff location? Walked by it two weeks ago and it was out of business.

        1. re: MayrMN

          yes, as mentioned in this thread, Koyi moved from downtown to Seward.

      2. re: semanticantics

        Not surprisingly, Giapponese closed some time ago and is re-opening soon as Shanghai Grille or something similar. The new sign is up now. FYI, by 6 PM in Woodbury, the crowd has GONE.

      3. First off I should say I still haven't been to Nami or Origami which I suspect will be the top choices, I don't know why I just never end up there.

        Fuji Ya, MPLS - Gets the nod for me best sushi out of the places I've been to in Minneapolis and is usually pretty reasonable on Happy Hour. It's fairly authentic and I would give the fish a pretty high rating being in the midwest and all. Certainly doesn't hold up to the big coast city sushi but great for Minnesota.

        Sushi Tango, MPLS - It's probably hard to argue for Sushi Tango being as close as it is to Fuji Ya. I do like that they have Soju available here its a little bit of a change of pace and its one more acceptable places to eat in calhoun square which is a plus, with all of the parasole crap around.

        Wasabi, MPLS - This is probably my ultimate value sushi place, super cheap while still acceptable sushi with even cheaper beer and sake. The head sushi chef Jiro has made some interesting stuff for us and is always quite entertaining I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar here.

        RANT:
        Crave, the one thing I like about this place is that they have american food for your crappy friends who don't eat sushi. This place is mostly overpriced and I feel like they just try to hard with their sushi and miss some of the basics, I've met the sushi chef here and understand hes trying to be a little more artistic and out of the box. Perhaps its all just getting lost in their rapid expansion? I feel like the edina location is better than the Mall of America but that may be in my head.

        Though the lunch bento box here is a reasonable deal.

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        Fuji Ya
        600 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        Sushi Tango
        3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

        Nami
        251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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        1. re: astadtler

          Anyone know the name of the sushi joint that recently opened at the old Seward Co-op location on Franklin?

            1. re: KC612

              Nevermind. I did some digging and the one on Franklin Ave is called koyi sushi too.

          1. Nami has the highest quality fish, but you pay for it, and the service is indifferent. Fuji-ya might be the best all-around spot.

            Third place? Origami downtown hasn't impressed me at all, but I had a nice meal at the Ridgedale location. Saji-Ya is a consistent standby. Obento Ya had me intrigued after a first visit.

            The service at Midori's is quite slow, and that's tough with this cuisine.

            Not bad price-wise? Wasabi and it's sister, Wakame, are fine. The service at both is beyond horrendous, but the fish is affordable without being scary. Wasabi's decor is delightfully absurd. It looks like they intercepted a shipment to Prince's house.

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            Saji-Ya
            695 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105

            Nami
            251 1st Ave N Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401

            1. Wakame has one of the best Happy Hours IMO because they have late night starting at 9:30 even on Saturday night. Now don't tell too many people this, as it might get busy and then they might take it away(READ: it is normally not busy on Saturday night).But they do have a range of rolls, all their sashimi and nigiri, and good choice of apps and all their drinks are discounted.

              Fuji-Ya is my favorite place to go. Period.

              I am actually going to Sushi Tango in Uptown today, as their Thursday and Friday Happy Hours start at noon. 3 martini lunch :)

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              Sushi Tango
              3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

              1. I'm suprised that Yumi's hasn't been mentioned yet. It's a little further of a drive, but hands down the best sushi in the TC (and I've pretty much tried them all). The fish is incredibly fresh, the sushi chefs are inventive and the portions of the generous sashimi pieces are not comparable to any other sushi place in the area. Tip - try the wasabi tobiki if you go there - not to be missed! Prices are similiar to what you'd pay at Origami/Fuji Ya.

                Nami would be next on my list followed closely by Fuji-Ya. The aesthetics at both of those restaurants are better than Yumi's but, the sushi quality, although good, is not as high as Yumi's.

                I agree with @astadtler - Crave is forgettable and for people who want very americanized versions of sushi. I also think I also think Tiger Sushi is pretty awful, unless you like massive amounts of mayo in your rolls. Wasabi was one step above grocery store sushi - OK, but the fish portions are poor (and not as fresh) - but prices are cheaper, so I guess you get what you pay for.

                Origami is meh for me - I've just never been blown away by their sushi, although I know a lot of people will completely disagree with me. Saji Ya is also OK, but nothing out of the ordinary.

                I definitely would like to try Midori's, since I've heard good things about the sushi there.