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01/26/2016
By: Victoria L.
Sushi Train
Sushi delivered fresh to your table via... conveyor belt? Yes it's exactly what it sounds like, my friends. I guess Sushi Conveyor Belt isn't quite as catchy. I love sushi and the concept is really fun. I usually feel like I'm going to explode when I eat sushi simply because I can't decide on one or two rolls and end up over eating due to my severe sushi FOMO. (Fear Of Missing Out). Since the whole concept of Sushi Train revolves around getting tiny plates of sushi samples I don't have that problem here. Anything I've ever ordered off the menu was fresh. However, I know you're really here for the "train". If you're going to use the train instead of the menu, you probably want to keep your table to 4-6 people. Beyond that, the people at the far end can't see anything as it whizzes by. This takes away from the experience and could cost you a few friendships if you're not careful. Sometimes the sushi on the train isn't very fresh and they seem to have trouble keeping certain rolls stocked. If you see something you like you better grab it fast because dinner will be over before it comes back around. The restaurant is clean and I've always experienced good service. That being said, the sushi isn't outstanding but compared to what usually passes for sushi in Nashville, I definitely recommend stopping by. Be careful though, those little plates add up quickly!
01/21/2016
By: Heather R.
Koi Sushi
Remember that time you first looked at the massive Princeton Review book of colleges and thought, "There is no way I am ever going to read all this"?That is how I feel whenever I see the Koi sushi menu. Don't get me wrong--I love variety. I especially love variety when it is delicious. However, handed the giant tome that contains the many sushi options (and their pictures), I often find myself giving up after the first five pages. Or worse, I make it all the way to the end, and realize that I have forgotten which item I chose somewhere in the first three pages. Luckily, the search is always worth it, because Koi has some of the best sushi in Nashville. The salmon is fresh, the tempura is light and crispy, and the fruit is ripe. Whatever I end up ordering out of the epic book o' sushi, I am always satisfied by the portion sizes and the taste.Now, part of my satisfaction may stem from the hunger I experience after waiting in the seemingly endless food desert that is the restaurant's dining room. A typical meal here takes about an hour and a half; if you are truly rushing, plan on an hour. Of course, that may not be that bad if you are trying to extend your date.With reasonable prices and great sushi, this is definitely a solid choice for sushi, as long as you are willing to wait for the experience.
01/21/2016
By: Heather R.
Virago
Virago has a great vibe, and a fantastic patio overlooking downtown (perfect when you're trying to impress that date with your hip knowledge of Nashville rooftops). The restaurant looks beautiful, and the sushi is just as beautiful. However, as any good fable will warn you, beauty comes at a price. In the case of Virago, that price is...the prices, which are some of the highest I have encountered in Nashville with regard to sushi. The sushi is, to say the least, creative. I ordered the fire crunch roll, which includes tempura crunch, shrimp, spicy mayo, cream cheese, and sriracha. A pretty fantastic combo--who can argue with fish, spice, fat, and carbs? However, the fish was not the freshest-tasting I have ever had; it wasn't not fresh, per se, but it also wasn't FRESH, if you know what I mean. The same applies to my Dynamite roll, which featured spicy tuna, salmon, cucumber, masago, and sesame seeds. Fine, but nothing to brag about. Being a just reviewer, I plan to return and try again, now that I know that Virago has a happy hour on Monday nights where certain rolls are offered at half price. I'll try anything twice.
01/21/2016
By: Heather R.
Sushi Train
Remember that game on Pokémon Stadium in which you had to eat sushi off the conveyor belt? The one where I always thought, "Wouldn't it be the coolest if this was an actual thing?"Turns out, that is an actual thing.Sushi Train is definitely an experience that everyone should try once. Sushi goes by your table on a conveyor belt, and it is your task to be attentive and quick enough to grab the good ones as they go by. You are charged based on the number of plates you have at the end of the meal (each color is worth a different amount, going up to $4 for the most expensive--prices are eminently reasonable). Of course, if you are not really a sushi eater, you can always skip the super-fun part of this whole restaurant experience and opt to try hibachi or Chinese food off the more traditional menu instead. Now, while there is something delightful about grabbing sushi off a conveyor belt, the delight tends to fade once the food is motionless in front of you, largely because the sushi is only okay. It has a nice personality, but you wouldn't want to go out with it again.
02/08/2011
By: tabby2699
Fujiyama
We went for the first time last week because we heard rave reviews about it. My boyfriend loved the suishi.. I thought it was ok... I tend to like suishi with cream cheese in it and they didn't have anything like that. I had them add cream cheese but it just wasn't right.. I couldnt pin point the problem. However, I was impressed with the size of the fish pieces... the eel on top of my roll was a very good portion size. We ordered the fried soft shell crab and boy was that a rip off! $7.00 for barely anything at all! I was not happy! The service was... not up to par.. the staff was nice but they left us waiting all the time... we even had to flag some random waiter down for drinks and we waited for our ticket after all our food was gone forever and we really didn't know who our waiter was. They said it was because they were under staffed but we showed up when they only had one other table and they weren't really attentive when they only had one other table either.. so I dont know... we'll go back another time and see what happens then with the staff.
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01/26/2016
By: Victoria L.
Sushi Me
A friend invited me to try out SushiMe with them after purchasing a Groupon. It's an upscale place nestled into Lennox Village. I ordered the Yo! Mama roll, which has tempura sweet potato, salmon, and eel sauce. However the roll that came to the table had cream cheese added for no apparent reason. The waiter gladly had my roll re made and brought it in a to go box. I would rather have just taken the roll off my ticket (who eats leftover sushi?) but the waiter had a hard time understanding the request so I gave up. The menu has inventive combinations and choosing a few rolls proved difficult because everything sounded delicious. They don't skimp on ingredients or quality here. The rolls were delicious and giant. I don't think I could have finished two whole rolls. I will say all of that generosity and ingenuity comes with a hefty price tag. Our four rolls earned us a tab pretty close to $70. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was swanky. I would say to definitely check this place out on a treat yo self evening.
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01/26/2016
By: Victoria L.
Nama Sushi Bar
I have several friends that relocated to Nashville from Knoxville and they were rather enthusiastic about Nama opening a location here. Perhaps it was hyped up too much by my well meaning friends but I found the experience slightly disappointing. The atmosphere and presentation is lovely and the service was wonderful, but that's what you're paying for here. Still, our server was friendly and our food was quick. The sushi quality does not match the prices. If my final check had been about 30% less I think my rating would be very different. However I had one bowl of miso soup and one specialty roll and paid over $20. I'm willing to fork over decent money for sushi (and do so quite often) it's good enough but I personally don't feel the taste and quality are quite there for the prices. Don't get me wrong, the food was decent. You're really just paying extra for the atmosphere and location here which is not uncommon and totally a personal choice.
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10/14/2016
By: Mrs. A.
Rusan's Restaurant
We were sad to see Lucky Belly go, but were pleased when we looked at the menu of Ru San's and realized they incorporated the Lucky Belly into it. Burgers and spiked milkshakes and Ru San's extensive selection of Japanese standards! When we went, service was slow, which is always a bummer. We were also surprised that they changed the decor and made it just sort of bland. I wouldn't make a special trip here, but if you're in the neighborhood and need a burger or sushi (or both!) this is a great option. Oh, one more thing, they have an upstairs karaoke lounge that you can rent for like $200 in food and drinks. We had a party here when it was Lucky Belly and it was a blast!
09/01/2016
By: Telisha C.
Samurai Sushi
If anyone ever asks me where to go for sushi in Nashville this is my first recommendation. The fish and ingredients are always fresh. You can literally taste the difference. I love the casual, unassuming vibe. It's a perfect addition to the legendary rock block. Typically I order sashimi because it seems like a waste to add rice to such perfect cuts of fish but all of their rolls are on point. I always start with the seaweed salad and a large saki. Can't imagine living in Nashville without this place!
09/12/2016
By: Telisha C.
The Eastern Peak
Such a great addition to the Woodbine area! We had an amazing meal that offered something for everyone. The vibe is nice without being pretentious. The strip mall exterior is easily forgotten once you step inside. The menu offers classic dishes with unique takes and great presentation. The sushi tasted super fresh and loved how it was presented with the rice on the side. Service was on point and staff was very friendly. This place has officially been added to our list of musts.

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