Trying Sushi in MSP
I'm planning on going out for sushi on my birthday in a couple weeks. I've never had it before, but want the best possible experience both because it's my first time trying it and because it's for my birthday. It will just be me and one other person and I would like to go to a place where I can sit at the bar and watch my food be prepared. I'm also interested in omakase (chef's choice) based on a dollar amount. Any sushi restaurant recommendations?
Yumi Sushi in Excelsior. . .it's worth the drive to the burbs. By far, the best sushi I've had in the metro. I've been to Fuji Ya, Origami, Wakame, Sushi Tango, Tiger Sushi (uptown), Bagu, and Raku.
600 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
3001 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
222 W Market, Minneapolis, MN 55425
I have been to both locations many times and they have a different atmosphere in terms of sushi bar (both dining rooms are pretty similar, with the Minneapolis dining room feeling perhaps more upscale). Both places produce similar and consistent sushi. I find the St. Paul bar to have more of a cozy, warmer feel while the Fuijiya bar in Minneapolis has a more downtown feel with the concrete floor and industrial decor. It's just a bit more contemporary, I think, but both places usually have a busy sushi bar and friendly, competent chef.
In all honesty, if location doesn't matter and you choose to go to Fujiya, I'd say go to the Minneapolis location, simply because it has more of a "out to celebrate a birthday" sort of vibe. This is also where I first tried sushi! :)
I also suggest that you try the winter roll, if you go to Fujiya. It is by far my favorite roll. It isn't one designed to showcase the ingredients' outright flavor, but has a very interesting flavor and plays with the textures in a delicious sort of way!
Happy trying sushi!
I've recently had a "Super Winter Roll" at the St. P location, it was blue fin, buri, and I think mutsu wrapped around the usual suspects.
My biggest recommendation would to sit at the bar wherever you choose and say, "It's my birthday and this is my first sushi experience", and either let them steer you in the right direction or do all the driving for you.
My favorite is Midori floating World Cafe on lake and Minnehaha. Great food, and options for sitting at the counter and watch.
Midori's Floating World Cafe
2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
If you're doing omakase; Origami.
Fun, good fish, clean: Tango.
Simple, with other great things to try: Obento Ya