I've been to Oku a number of times for drinks late-night, but finally ate there during a happy hour one Friday night. The hostess told my friend and I that they could seat us right away (somehow even though it was packed) and then our waitress warned us the food may take a while since happy hour was so busy. The sangria was delicious and our food came out really fast. My friend and I each ordered two specialty rolls and it was some of the best sushi I've had in Charleston (and I've eaten a lot of sushi!). The manager came to our table to ask how everything was. The happy hour specials are great especially for the sushi rolls. The atmosphere is also nice and great for a girls night out or a more casual date. Overall it was a great experience and I would eat there three times a week if I could afford to!
Osaka is the first Japanese restaraunt in Charleston to even come close to those I experienced while living in Japan. It is on par with the best sushi restaraunts in the Seattle area. While the food is excellent, the atmosphere is even better. We've eaten there may time since it opened and have been delighted every time.
Service is just kind of meh. Atmosphere also leaves something to be desired, as the tables are kind of cramped in the very narrow space.
The food, however, is outstanding and reasonably priced. Best curry this side of Calhoun. Working on King street, I eat here at least once a week.
My husband and I had food from here twice for takeout and once to dine in (in the span of about 2 weeks). We've tried a variety of the items on the menu, and everything has been terriffic. The service was more than fine the time we ate there. I highly recommend the Pad Thai and the Laos Egg Noodle Soup with Braised Pork. You can't beat the food for the price! It's one of our new favorites.
Great food for a great price.
Can't wait to return for the sushi lunch buffet! Had sushi and sake here on Friday and it was delicious! Tried 6 different rolls and they were all great. Fish was fresh. Service was also very good. Definitely recommend this place.
ITADAKMASU = Let's eat!
I went to O-Ku for the first time last night and it definitely will not be the last time. The half-off happy hour prices meant half-off our premium bottle of sake. What a great start! I found a new favorite cold & dry sake with the help of the knowledgeable bar staff. (Tozai Living Jewel brand, but I still love my Bishonen at Sushi Hiro too)
I enjoyed the high-quality sushi cut with skilled precision and seasoned so well I enjoyed the yellowtail carpaccio and toro five ways without insulting it with soy sauce or wasabi. Push both aside and use it on the sushi rice rolls if you must. Neither dish is served with rice or nori and I did not miss either as that is not what these expensive but oh-so-worth-it amuse bouche plates are about.
O-Ku is not cheap but it is all about quality, presentation, freshness and Umami.
Our bartender was pretty and I hate to admit my prejudice that in my past experience at other restaurants, “pretty face” usually meant I got mediocre service and lack of knowledge. So imagine my delight to find that at O-Ku, she not only knew her various premium sakes like the back of her hand but she also had a great knowledge of each dish and served it by explaining each piece of the toro and what seasoning was used on it. I hope the other restaurants read this & realize that the server's knowledge of their food & bev does make a difference to those of us that care about our dining experience. How refreshing not to get an answer back like "um, I don't know, I don't eat that" or "Um, I don't know, I've only been here two weeks" or any answer that implies it's all about them and not the customer.
O-Ku seems to be about quality and not making sure you're so full you have to be rolled out of there. If you want lots of cheap & dyed farmed-fish served with tons of rice & dyed picked ginger, then O-Ku might not be your cup of green tea.
I really ejoyed my O-Ku dining experience and can't wait for my tax refund so I can go back for more. Sushi Hiro, (my other favorite sushi bar) you've got competition!
I absolutely love this place. I only go out to eat about once a week, and this is on our list of regular spots along with Early Bird, Evo, Fiery Ron's and Sesame. I really like the little touches, like the cleanliness and hot towels. And the value is just silly. Almost too much food, it is sometimes intimidating. The salad is fresh and has a wonderful dressing on it, the teriyaki and vegetable plates are insanely good, and the appetizers are nicely done. My only one quibble would have been that the sushi rolls were done in a style that is a large for my taste (not done incorrectly, not all sushi rolls are required to be of the small variety). That quibble was quickly deleted after I tasted the roll. They have nightly specials and all of them are tempting. It pains me to see this place half full, while Los Arcos (not even good Mexican) next door is packing them in. I will continue to be a patron at this establishment, damn good food, damn good value.
I am a Japanese. This restaurant is the real japanese restaurant in Charleston area. My hubby is American, and we go to this restaurant every time when we miss Japanese foods. We tried the other Japanese places, but Little Tokyo is best. I recommend Gyoza, Yakisoba, Pork/Chicken Katsu... and Banana Tempura w/vanilla ice cream!! Yummy:)
Mama Kim's is already downtown, its just moving the old WOK.
Kim's in WA is closed for good. It is not moving anywhere as of now.
You can still get the same Korean food at Mama Kim's, but they don't have the open Hibachi tables, unless WOK does... I never went to WOK because Kims was better.
Freshest seafood in town. Most creative menu I have seen in a Japanese restaurant, try the Seabass if you like cooked food, they also have an incredible rock shrimp salad.
Happy Hour Monday, Wen, Fri 5-7, half off sushi rolls and cocktails! get there early, it gets busy!
Groupon introduced us to Tropical Sushi, and we'll definitely return! Hands down the BEST Calamari appetizer I've ever tasted - Tempura battered and tender beyond belief. Under "Creative Rolls" you've got to try the Big Apple Roll. For Nigiri, you've got to try the Wasabi Caviar. Though I'm still sweating from it, I can't wait to have it again. Wash it all down with the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale, by New Belgium Brewing. FIVE STARS PLUS for Tropical Sushi.
Do -NOT- miss the calamari appetizer. My wife & I have it every time we go there. If you're used to chewy squid, you're in for a surprise. Crunchy. Tender. Tasty. And Jing is the Hostess with the Mostest, and her husband Qin is an artist with seafood. We've had sushi all over this town, and Fuji is Where We Go now.
I have been going to this restaurant for years and I absolutely love it. They definitely have the best sushi in town. I've never had the tempura, but the fried ice cream is delicious.
I stopped by Sakura after driving by late on a Friday night, looking for something to eat. I ordered the Snow White roll, a sweet potato roll, and a California roll. I was pleasantly surprised, everything was great! It's Sunday and I'm already craving sushi again. The staff was friendly and the food was fantastic, I will definitely be visiting them again.
Octobachi has a great environment, great staff, and high quality food. It's a great restaurant and they always have drink specials! I am excited to have them in my neighborhood!
lunch bento boxes=yum at very reasonable prices.
happy hour=yum sushi half off.
dinner menu= yum japanese unlike anywhere else in charleston.
Went twice in the past week, the first for drinks and the second for dinner. Was very pleased to find Greenville's own Kind beer on tap and loved the reclaimed wood bar. Bar staff was very friendly and enjoyed sake shots for the first time in my life. On my second time to Octobachi I had the chicken and mushroom hibachi. Upon ordering I was told the chicken was free range and was thoroughly pleased, I believe this should be the norm and like that they don't advertise the quality of their food and at 8.99 I was very happy with the proportions and perfectly cooked chicken and mushrooms. The teriyaki sauce went very well with everything on the plate. Overall I'm very pleased with my two experiences at octobachi and will definitely be back soon. It is definitely what this neighborhood needs.
Amazing design, phenomenal food, really friendly staff, and great add to the Charleston restaurant scene! Well done Octobachi.
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