I went a few times when they first opened. The service was terribly slow. The food was hit and miss.
As has been stated by others, these guys do not know how to make sushi rice, for some reason. It is wet and soggy. The flavor is not correct for sushi rice.
The last straw was when I went to get some takeout. I bought quite a bit because I like to snack on it all night. When I got home and took it out, the tuna had thick white stripes. This is not fat, it is connective tissue or gristle from a part of the steak that you should never use to make nigiri sushi with. I tried one piece, and had to spit it out. It was like eating a rubber band. I could not force myself to swallow it.
I drove straight back there, and told them I wanted my money back (which they did without argument). When I got back in the car to go home, I noticed it smelled like someone had farted in there. That's how bad the fish was.
I will never go back.
Amazing sushi. Very interesting choices. Good prices especially for how large the rolls are
I went there recently. The food was excellent, the service average (a few reminders to the server were needed to get things). I will go back for sure. Good gyoza and hotate sushi, in particular.
Finally heeded the good press here and elsewhere and went to Kanpai last night... How foolish I feel for ignoring this place for so long. Chef Park's humble (in location/appearance) restaurant belies the quality of sushi and other Japanese fare therein. We had steamed buns, both duck confit and beef, to start, and I could have eaten more of these for a meal. The duck confit was truly outstanding. Next we had some nigiri (salmon roe) and then a bigger roll, the Wagyu Roll. The nigiri was fresh and light as it should be, but holy cow, that Wagyu Roll. Tempura shrimp and avocado with seared Wagyu beef on top? Um, yes, please. It actually tastes better than it sounds. We also had the "popcorn" shrimp, which were tasty and spicy in their own right, but also came with a pleasant dressing/sauce with apples and avocado and fresh greens. I don't think there's any question this is the best sushi/Japanese food East of the Cooper, and probably in all of Charleston. Can't wait to go back.
I've eaten at Bushido many times and enjoyed it- i wouldn't say it's anything outstanding but I live quite close and appreciate knowing I can rely on them for consistently good sushi if I get a craving or can't bring myself to cook dinner after work!
For the city paper folks: the link info provided with this write up is incorrect. I just located their actual site, bushidojapaneserestaurant.com.
Love, love, love Sushi Taro. We find this the best Sushi around, including downtown. A family run establishment with very creative sushi rolls at very reasonable prices. Hardly any cream cheese in sight, which is a huge relief! The family are always smiling and happy. They have great pricing on their wines and beers too. If you order a curry or stir fry, there can actually be too much meat in there, but I am sure most people will appreciate this. My favourite roll is called Crazy Tuna. It was on a special board once and now they will always make it for me - chock full of yummy tuna on the inside and topped off with spicy tuna on the top. Fresh, lovely and yummy! Try this place. Modern decor, friendly service and great prices. You will not regret it.
They have some solid sushi as well as cocktails at O-Ku. They 'defenetly' do not have the best sushi in the Charleston area (that's what Kanpai is for ;) ), but if you know what you are ordering, you will not be disappointed with the food/cocktails at O-Ku. The service is very hit or miss.
Is defenetly the best sushi in Charleston!!!I love the food ,staff,atmosphere i would eat eat here every day if i can afford it .LOL
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.
When you are on your own its food first, decor second. Kudos to a guy that is truly a hands on owner, a bada$$ sushi chef and a humble human being.Keep on doing what you do Sean.
Oh my gosh. I'm shocked this has 4 stars... the food and service are both MEH. I wouldn't say it's terrible but definitely MEH.
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.
I won't go into the whole ordeal...but based on my families experience on a single visit...I have no plans to go back.
Service was weak even though we were seated 6' from counter and there were only a couple other patrons. Waitress was more involved with setting up shop & organizing rather than waiting on customers. Meanwhile, one of the owners(?), a woman, is walking around with a glass of wine in hand and offers no assistance.
My meal came out separately and long after everyone else was served...in a party of 3. Food was not appetizing and bit 'off' from one would expect of familiar dishes.
No thank you.
Pretentious, dreadful, so noisy that it was hard to place our orders and we were hoarse when we left. Food mediocre and overpriced. Voting with my wallet, never again.
I had a terrible experience - I was disappointed and underwhelmed by the food quality and service. The staff is unfamiliar with the contents of the menu and do not communicate clearly. My order was incorrectly delivered and they served poor quality dishes. When I showed the piece of sashimi that looked as if it had been torn off by a dog, the waitress did not offer to replace the dish. The sushi roll just falls apart and they served lettuce that was not fresh. Not to mention that they had a repairman clinking and clanking in the dining area while customers were still present and eating.
Have been to Tropical Sushi on four separate occasions and have had great service until this evening. I left the amount of the bill in cash with the receipt on the table and left a good tip on the other side of the table. As I was leaving the restaurant the waiter came out of the building and approached me in a very angry tone asking why I did not leave him more money. I asked if he was referring to his tip and he said yes. I let him know I left it on the table and his response was "I did not see it." I had to take him inside and show him the tip. I still received no apology, just another angry "well, I did not see it."
If you think a customer has not left a tip, you should not approach them at all. But, if you must approach them, a polite "I'm sorry, I did not see a tip. Did you mean to leave one?" would be a more appropriate response. I will never go to Tropical Sushi again.
Thoroughly mediocre and expensive. We were excited to find a place that went beyond sushi to make a wider range of Japanese dishes. We used to love just such a place in Boston. Too bad that this one is clueless when it comes to making these dishes. If you've never had onigiri, negimaki, or steam buns before, you'll be eating an insipid imitation of the real thing. Even the ramen was hopeless - the broth was bland and watery, tasting like it had come from a packet. What a disappointment!
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