Quietly opening in late 2012, Brookhaven’s The One Sushi is a relatively small Atlanta eatery, lodged near the back corner of the downtown Brookhaven shopping center (where popular spots Verde and Kaleidoscope make a home) on Caldwell Road off of Dresden. Previously a coffee bar/wine cafe, The One Sushi makes a home in a relatively unassuming nook that’s (Eureka!) the perfect fit for a charming local sushi joint.
Marketing itself as a high-end sushi bar, it’s also very much a neighborhood gathering spot that feels more casual than it does “date” material. Not that this isn’t a great date spot. It is. But it’s also good for families, groups of friends wanting to catch up over cocktails, work colleagues . . . pretty much anyone with a fondness for raw seafood, chopsticks and sake.
A massive mural draws your focus upon entering the intimate space. But really, it’s the gorgeous bar that draws you in and encourages you to linger, which is certainly what you should do when you come in – be it for a full sushi feast or a craft cocktail.
The yellowtail jalapeno shots are one-bite wonders — Photo courtesy of Alexa Lampasona / The One Sushi
Open solely for dinner, the menu meanders all over Asia and jumps from land to sea, with dishes like Korean BBQ short ribs, spicy miso soup Korean style (with mussels and Korean squash) and Misoyaki Japanese black cod, alongside the vibrant sashimi selection featuring fishes plucked from oceans around the globe (though predominately from Japan).
Depending on whether you’re leaning toward a spice-infused land animal or something that swims, you’re in no shortage of variety. Though you definitely would do well to take a hint from the restaurant’s namesake and try at least one of the sushi or sashimi rolls, which is where the restaurant excels.
The beautifully plated Misoyaki black cod — Photo courtesy of Liz Lapidus PR / The One Sushi
Word of advice: When you glance at the “chilled and raw” options, you’re going to see something called yellowtail jalapeno shots (You get six and they’re spruced with cilantro, Sriracha, radishes, balsamic vinegar and honey yuzu.). They are what they sound like. Don’t think about that too hard. Just order them. Even if it’s all you order, begin with these.
Catch a front-row seat of the sushi-rolling action, and grab a cocktail at the bar — Photo courtesy of Alexa Lampasona / The One Sushi
Other raw and sushi offerings range from traditional (Shout out to you, rainbow roll!) to a bit more exotic (The U.N. is a clever take on the traditional surf ‘n turf, with lobster tempura, spicy crab, tuna and seared rib-eye steak.).
While you’ll be tempted to order sake (We know: it is a sushi spot.), look back at the bar and really watch the bartender. This bar was meant for sipping fruity cocktails filled with mysterious ingredients. So do that, and get something fun, like the lychee margarita or the ginger mojito.
New neighborhood tradition? Indeed.