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Best Sushi in Nashville

I love sushi but I am more or a Nigiri/Sashimi girl and could really do without all the rolls especially all the new hip over the top ones (my one exception-spider roll, yum!). I am new to Nashville and am looking for a good just down home japanese style sushi place. I know there are places in the area that are more upscale/hipster with fusion and fun roll and cocktails and what not but what I am looking for is just a simple dining room with a sushi bar and good quality and fresh fish. Help please I need an ami ebi and sea urchin fix stat!

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  1. Ama-ebi and uni! I heard that!
    I have always called those overdone rolls by their proper name -- Monster Truck Rolls! But it seems like they are here to stay.
    You'd probably like this -- get an avocado, cut in half, pull the pit out and fill it with fresh sea urchin roe (uni). Sprinkle finely chopped green onions on top and Eat With A Small Spoon.

    I'm Lovin' It.

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    1. Your options will be mediocre at best in Nashville for great sushi. If I'm craving sushi I usually go to Ichiban on 2nd avenue downtown or Samurai on Elliston Place.
      Virago might be a bit trendy, but the quality is always top notch.

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      1. re: pete k

        Does Virago do real Japanese sushi and cooking, such as sea eel, hamachi kama, uni, etc.?

        I'm debating between Sonobana and Virago. I want the best of the best.

      2. Nashville is where nigiri sushi goes to die.

        Sononbana is probably your best bet in the downtown area. It sort of got stuck in purgatory.

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          1. re: Rachael5000

            Why would you expect to get good sushi in a land locked southern state...

            Celebrate what is fresh and local ... not what is frozen and flown in at great expense.

            1. re: cwdonald

              Location, or proximity to the sea, is not as determinative of a factor as one might think.

              It's more an issue of clientele than anything else. There's no demand in Nashville for high-end nigiri sushi.

              1. re: cwdonald

                I understand why there wouldn't be great sushi here, but a girl can dream right? Restaurants here are able to get fresh raw oysters daily so whats stopping sushi?

          2. I looove Ken's sushi near Vanderbilt. I think it'd be my last meal here if I was moving. Very basic and not too expensive. They remember you there like family after a few visits if you're the friendly type (I am).

            Ken's is moving to East Nashville soon in case someone finds this thread after 2013, you might want to call to see if the Belmont/Vandy area store is still open.

            Tom