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Atlanta's Best Sushi from well-known delights to well-hidden gems



Atlanta's culinary scene has been heating up over the last few years, and mouth-watering sushi stops are among the top-performing restaurants. O-Ku claims title as Atlanta's newest sushi seduction, with traditional yet dynamic nigiri options and a swanky interior design. The Otoro Spoons and other chef's specialties are unmatched in creativity and flavor. MF Sushi returns to the list after coming back to the city, with luxurious digs and memorable dishes. Umi, whose chef is a protege of Magic Fingers, grabs spot number three, with elegant eats and an impressive list of celebrity visitors. You'll also find surprise sushi offerings, as well. Atlantic Seafood Company delivers in a more traditional seafood eatery, Yoon Sushi sits on the outskirts of the Atlanta 'burbs and One Flew South impresses guests in the world's busiest airport. Finally, don't miss Doraku's sushi with a mix of Latin flavors or late-night dishes from beloved Miso Izakaya.


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Airport Area
One Flew South

One doesn't usually put "airport cuisine" and "delicious sushi" in the same sentence, but One Flew South breaks the stereotype and serves up impressive food in an atmosphere that allows you to forget you're in an airport. The restaurant enjoys semi-privacy from passersby through a slatted wood plank wall. The white leather seating is equally luxurious. An 18-foot marble back bar greets solitary diners and provides an ample perch while waiting for prepared food-to-go. Serving more than sushi, guests also devour the scallops or the pork belly. Popular rolls include the kamikaze and traditional tuna roll. Suddenly an extended layover is not such bad news, after all.


Atlantic Seafood Company
Photo courtesy of Atlantic Seafood Company

Atlantic Seafood Restaurant has been in Alpharetta for more than a decade, with fresh seafood flown in daily. The cocktails will surprise you, the sushi is divine, main dishes are mouth-watering and the desserts are heavenly. Also amazing: the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the service is fast. It's almost too good to be true. Start with the Angry Samurai Roll to set the tone for the evening: shrimp tempura, cucumber, mayo, Asian spice sauce and eel sauce, topped with seared salmon, seared tuna and black and red tobico. The rolls are creative and fresh, with the perfect combination of flavors. Sushi Happy Hour is 4pm – 6pm every day and 4pm – close on Wednesdays.


Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi
Photo courtesy of Katana


Katana opened in November 2014 and are owned by the same team of One Sushi + in Brookhaven and Ichiban Steakhouse in Alpharetta. They have a sushi bar with a wide selection of sushi rolls created for freshness, flavor and presentation. The restaurant is located in Buckhead on Lenox Road near the mall and MARTA station so it is easy to pop in for lunch and dinner on weekdays (dinner-only on weekends.) Additionally they serve traditional teppanyaki, like high-end hibachi, on the other side of the restaurant. The teppanyaki side is almost a showroom of excitement, but the sushi side is more serene and relaxing. Don't miss the light tempura rock shrimp with a mouthwatering spicy/sweet sauce.


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Yoon Sushi is hiding in the outskirts of Atlanta Metro, within a non-distinct strip mall. Don't let this fool you; it's the local's best kept secret. Whether your first visit or your 31st, the staff treat visitors like family. Look for daily fish specials posted subtly above the sushi bar. Here you will find the very best selection of market fish that other sushi restaurants might not carry. Star players include the Hamachi Sashimi and the Tuna Tower: seasoned yellow fin tuna, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil on top of diced avocado with spicy mayo and ponzu sauce, all topped with a baked cream cheese white mousse. While it's not sushi, you still don't want to miss the Ramen Bowl with spicy flavors that warm you to the bone.




Doraku Sushi is the latest addition to the Atlanta dining scene within Buckhead Atlanta. The intimate establishment offers a refined twist on traditional Japanese fare, drawing inspiration from Asian and Latin flavor profiles. The menu boasts a vast mix of popular sushi and Asian-fusion dishes, all prepared with seasonal fresh, hand-picked ingredients as well as a unique variety of specialty fish from both local and global markets such as live scallops and uni, sea urchin. Signature items from the menu include tuna tataki made with seared tuna served over a wakame daikon salad and garnished with garlic aioli and ponzu sauce or the doraku roll with Maine lobster, masago, bell pepper, tomato and cucumber all topped with king crab. Additionally, Doraku Sushi's highly acclaimed sake menu is one of the most extensive lists in the country.


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Buckhead
TOMO
Photo courtesy of Tomo/Cliff Sinon


Tomo Naito moved to Atlanta with a desire to run his own kitchen. He opened TOMO with one basic idea.... To do contemporary Japanese food with the absolute finest hand picked ingredients from all over the world. Unmatched in quality, TOMO's fish is flown in twice weekly from Japan's Tsukiji Fish Market. Unsure of what to order? Try the sampler meal which includes the freshest selection with dishes like the shrimp, asparagus and shiso spring roll or shrimp and veggie tempura. Of course, if you are ready to splurge, do not miss the traditional omakase, offered to only a few customers each night. TOMO is located in the heart of posh Buckhead, at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. Leave the kids at home, and plan on a bit of haughty attitude with your sashimi- it is worth the reward.


Umi Buckhead
Photo courtesy of Umi/ Douglas Stratton


Chef Fuyuhiko Ito is a master at his craft and dishes elegant presentations that taste every bit as sensational as they look. The best seat in the house? The sushi counter; the omakase is a must. Heavenly goshinamori is the restaurant's most popular sashimi selection, and rightfully so. It's not all sushi, though - the hot entrees really stand out, too. Seafood lovers will melt for the Lobster Toban-yaki, which comes drenched in miso butter, finished at the table. If you're looking for something hearty, try the duck confit. Chef Ito showcases his French culinary education with this divine fusion dish. Umi also delivers hand-crafted cocktails, an extensive sake list and delicious desserts made by Ito's pastry chef wife. Even the staff will tell you that the Chocolate Bento Box is the most indulgent selection. Don't miss a cup of Umi-blend Lamill coffee, served is traditional Japanese V60 pour-over style.


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Virginia-Highland
MF Sushi Atlanta
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After a brief hiatus, MF Sushi is back in Atlanta, and this time it is in Inman Park. This sushi bar's initials stand for "Magic Fingers," which is Chef Chris Kinjo's well-deserved nickname. Sushi is all the restaurant serves. But, oh, what sushi it is, presented in a stylish place of pale woods, exotic lighting and rhythmic music. Perfectly composed morsels are beautiful, fashioned from premium seafood, and are exemplary models of the genre. Fresh wasabi, terrific sakes and knowledgeable servers up the ante on quality. Crafting the sushi does take time, so be prepared for some anticipation. Open for lunch or dinner.


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O-Ku Atlanta
Photo courtesy of Dave Crawford


Traditionalists notice immediately that O-Ku thoughtfully omits California Rolls from the primary menu, giving only a slight nod to Americanized sushi rolls on a short secondary list. The gracious menu features starters, chefs specials, aburi (slightly cook fished,) signature nigiri and creative hot entrees. Chef Chang's Otoro Spoons showcase sophisticated flavor combinations, with Otoro tartare, fresh uni, soy, scallion and caviar alluringly arranged on five silver spoons adorning a shiso leaf. The Ahi poke excites your tastebuds with marinated tuna, shiso, onion and a spicy mustard dressing bringing an intense piquant flavor. Other chef's creations include red snapper nigiri with sweet marmalade, decadent wagyu beef with scallions and Japanese barbecue, or otoro with truffle shavings and caviar. Regardless of which creation tempts your palate, the fresh fish and creative nigiri raises the bar in Atlanta's sushi scene.


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Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any...  More About Lesli

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