If you live in Greensboro, North Carolina, I am slightly jealous. Mainly because you have access to this great little gem of a restaurant we found while in town for my son’s World Tang Soo Do Championship. I asked him and his friend what they wanted for dinner on our last night and they both responded….SUSHI!
So, we did some research and found Akashi Japanese Restaurant. When you first pull up, it may not look like much. When you leave, you will be in love!
How can you not fall in love when there is Manga right on the table??? Yes, it is the little things in life that please me.
Next came the tea. Some of my friends call me a tea snob, and boy did the trait come out when I saw a tea bag! Come on, loose tea please?? After the first sip, I changed my mind. They won me over with a cup of delightful tea.
My hubby and I decided to start with miso soup. Before I even opened it….I loved the presentation. I need these bowls!!!
The taste of the miso soup? Even better than the presentation.
Next, an order of the Wasabi Shumai. Delicious little gifts of pork dumplings steamed in cabbage leaves. First of all, wait a minute! We all burnt our tongues because we could not wait to try them! While they are melting in your mouth, the flavor explodes.
More dumplings please?? I love me some dumplings! Our next order was Shrimp Gyoza. Pan steamed and served up with a spicy, yet sweet gyoza sauce. Absolute deliciousness in every bite. Perfectly seasoned and steamed.
Next?? The sushi!!! We ordered a california roll, a spicy tuna roll, two eel rolls, two tuna rolls, two salmon rolls, a shrimp roll and a spider roll. Between the four of us, we enjoyed it so much we had to order an additional tuna, salmon and spicy tuna roll. This was quite possibly the best tasting, freshest sushi I have ever had in my travels and we eat a lot of sushi!
We also ordered a shitake roll and were a little surprised by what came out. This was a nice finish to the meal, as it was slightly sweet compared to the spiciness of the wasabi we enjoyed with the other rolls.
All in all, we LOVED this place. Our waitress was superb! We never once had to ask for more tea, she was right there with it whenever the pot started to empty. If we needed something she seemed to have a sixth sense and be there just in time.
I believe it was the owners who also paid us a visit. Both the woman who checked on us repeatedly and the gentleman who came out of the kitchen to see if everything was okay made us feel right at home.
The others patrons were mostly asian, which in my experience with any kind of ethnic foods is a good sign. If the people of the culture eat there, it must be good! Held true about this fabulous little place.
When we received the bill, I received another amazing surprise….much less than expected. Delicious and reasonably priced too!
At the end of our meal, the woman, who I believe to be one of the owners, even followed us out to say good night!
If you find yourself in Greensboro and in the mood for sushi, check them out! Their website is: http://www.akashijapanese.com/Akashi_Japanese_.html. I am sure you will not be disappointed!