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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Sushi + Japanese: 4 Stars

Re: “Octobachi

Great atmosphere. We sat at the bar on both trips to Octobachi and the service was awesome. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Sushi is really good, but basic. They only have a few rolls to choose from. The hibachi is really good, flavored well, and you get quite a lot of food. The fresh spring rolls are also really great. I love that they are very into the local scene. They seem to grow a lot of their own produce as well. The only big downfall is the Pho. It is not good. At all. It tasted as if they took a beef boullion cube and put it in a bowl of water with a few noodles and a bit of beef. I would really like to see them either hone this recipe or remove the item from the menu because it is really the only blemish on an otherwise stellar menu.

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Posted by rlh424 on July 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Octobachi

I had a sushi roll that was the special that night and it was fabulous. A couple of other sushi rolls off the menu were great, too. Fresh with a nice mix of textures. The sushi isn't cheap, but it isn't unreasonably priced for the quality compared to other places in town. I would not recommend the pho. It is too expensive, and the broth is completely flavorless. Even the accompanying condiments couldn't flavor it enough. The waiter was great-very friendly, laid back, and helpful. The tables are awful. If you so much as set a glass down they jiggle uncontrollably. Crossing your legs under the table or putting your hand on it as you stand up or sit down causes your drink to slosh out of your glass. I'd definitely go back for sushi, but I'd sit at the bar.

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Posted by eastoak on July 2, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Kim's Restaurant

It's a sad day for the Charleston food scene! Alas, Kim's is no more!

Posted by William Boothman on January 10, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Re: “O-Ku

Great happy hour with great sushi and cocktails.

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Posted by another cofc student on August 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Octobachi

been there twice for dinner and once for drinks, friendly staff and cool atmosphere. The tables have got to go, they are horrible and the fried rice has been cold everytime i've eaten there but other than that I really enjoyed the place. It's great to have it up on spring street and I will certainly be back for more. As far as the pricing goes, it's not as cheap as advertised but i still got out of there under $25 for a dinner for two so i'm not complaining.

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Posted by roger dodger on June 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Kim's Restaurant

i am never disappointed with Kim's. One of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. From the incredibly generous amounts of Hibachi, to the delicious Sushi at decent prices, the Korean to die for, and of course who can forget the Kimchi. I am a Sushi addict esp. in the winter,fall, and spring. If I'm at Kim's that's where you'll catch me at the Sushi Bar. They have a great variety of Sushi at wonderful prices. If you are in Downtown Charleston or even West of the Ashley. Definitely consider Kim's for A dining experience. I am pretty sure you will enjoy.?.

Posted by zoel on April 6, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Oriental Garden

Personally, I love Oriental Garden. The fish is always very fresh and the rolls are massive. None of those puny rolls you'll have served to you at Tsunami or Wasabi (those places also always fill their rolls with excess cream cheese for some reason, but I digress). While the exterior of the building looks a bit neglected, the product served inside is always quality.
Service on the other hand...let's just say it's best to use the drive-through window.

If atmosphere is what you're looking for, there are plenty of great, high-end sushi places in Charleston. Trust me, I love O-Ku, Bambu and the like as much as I love Oriental Garden. It's a different kind of place, but it's great to be able to get quality sushi on a weeknight from a drive-thru.

Posted by Ford84 on August 20, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Wasabi - Daniel Island

I have been to Wasabi @ DI for lunch and dinner. First lunch: outstanding value. Most lunch specials come with miso soup, a salad and drink. Many of the lunch offerings are under $10. I had the sushi combination and it was great. The salad was especially good. This was a mixed green salad with a super house dressing on it. None of that orange ginger dressing on nasty white iceberg lettuce. The soup is good, not great but much better than some other local offerings. I got the combo with a spicy tuna roll and 4 pieces of nigiri. The nigiri was very fresh and tasty. The spicy tuna roll was fairly standard but good.
Dinner: We had 2 special rolls (SC Crunch and Scam). Both were very good and the scam roll had just a touch of spiciness. Surprisingly they were out of toro which seemed strange to me but offered white tuna nigiri as a substitute. It was good but I like toro better.

The service was very good both times.

Posted by possumjc on July 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Little Tokyo

Very, very good for reasonable prices. I wish they'd get a Sunday liquor license though. We waited quite a long time for entrees, so I'd recommend ordering one of their many tasty apps. Yakitori is the best so far, love the tempura. great sashimi.

Posted by arosef33 on July 12, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Re: “O-Ku

I have to confess I only walked in as far as the middle of the bar. Stopped in for just a drink Thursday simply because we parked right out front. Outstanding bar staff. Eclectic martini menu. Interesting dinner menu as well. Pricey stuff, yes, but have you been to Oak? This isn't the place to go for dollar PBRs and a buffet. This place ups the bar for Upper King.

From the bar perspective, curious decor - black, brick, mirrors, splashes of oak branches. Darkish but good. Loud, but I enjoy a buzz in the air. As for atmosphere it felt a bit like it was hastily put together to get the doors open. Yes, I get the Japanese minimalism.

Can't quite put my finger on it, but compared to Halls, Rue, Chai's it doesn't have a "hangable" bar feeling for this feature to be so dominant. The place was packed and on a wait so if the bar does little more than sell sake martinis while people wait for a table, it'll do fine.

Absolutely wish them well - the unique menu fills a niche not entirely dissimilar to Chai's but where Chai's seems to attract the 20 to 30-something see and be seen crowd, this place will bring the upscale 35+ drinks and "something different" folks.

We'll be back.

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Posted by StevePeck on April 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Re: “O-Ku

Great food, service, location, and atmosphere at reasonable prices. I hope it does well. Only criticism is that it can be a bit noisy when full of patrons ... maybe some sound softeners would help.

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Posted by ReasonableDoubt on April 4, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Wasabi - Daniel Island

Dude this sushi is awesome!

Posted by zigzag on March 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Wasabi - Daniel Island

The servers are super nice. The owners are always on location ensuring everything is going well. The sushi is fresh, beautifully prepared, and the chefs are always excited to share something new with the patrons.

The lunch menu is great, with reasonable pricing.

The restaurant and bar area are tastefully decorated and a great place to spend an evening on share a cocktail.

Posted by jplatzer on March 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Tokyo Bistro

Great decor, solid service, delicious food, reasonable prices.

I didn't expect it to look so nice inside; this restaurant is in a Wal-Mart shopping center next to a Petco after all. However, it approaches Dragon Palace's level of surprise in presentation... very very nice.

Our server was attentive, had good timing, and though there were some problems with orders they were handled quickly and decisively. Very professional.

All of our dishes were evaluated as "delicious" by our group of four. Well, five... my baby daughter ate the hell out of some veggie tempura. I hope that doesn't make me a bad parent. Anyhow, the children's platters are very large and employ the shotgun philosophy... throw a lot of choices and you're bound to hit one one or two. I ate his crunchy shrimp roll, score! Tropical curry, thai noodles, indian-style dishes all earned smiles and were in sufficient portions for a reasonable take-home meal later.

Our appetizer and dinner for four (albeit with only one adult drink) came to $50. Not bad for a legitimately nice place with legitimately yummy food. We will eat there again.

Posted by factoryconnection on March 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Kim's Restaurant

Spectacular food. The chicken bul go ki was fantastic. The only disappointing part of the meal was the soup: mushy fried onions. Really?!

Posted by jessicabcd on March 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Tropical Sushi

We finally have an Asian buffet in Mt. Pleasant. The food at Tropical may not be the best Asian food in the area (I would go with Red Orchid for that) but for $6.99 it can't be beat. The sushi offered with the buffet is actually pretty good although the choices are limited. The staff is always very friendly and prompt. Great inexpensive lunch.

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Posted by possumjc on March 15, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Fuji Sushi Bar & Grill

Fuji is our new go-to sushi lunch restaurant. We used to frequent Sushi Haru before the place went down the tubes. Fuji has filled in nicely. The lunch specials are a good deal and the food is always good. The service is great although a few times we have been there were not enough servers to deal with the number of customers and lunch took 1.5 hours. The bento boxes are really good (and a LOT of food). The variety of boxes is really nice. The sushi is not the absolute best I have had but it is always good and I have not had any bad rolls or sashimi. Recommended.

Posted by possumjc on March 15, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Kim's Restaurant

Great alternative to the fancier hibachi joints in town. Great staff, they're always having at least as much fun as the diners. Good sushi at a reasonable price and the best Kimchi in town. I've been eating at Kim's for more than 10 years. Give this locals only spot a shot.

Posted by sjacobs405 on September 23, 2009 at 1:46 PM
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