Asheville Sushi Review 2012

If you are in Asheville; Sushi is not hard to find at all. There are many spots that make decent Sushi in the area. Sushi is a Japanese dish, but the restaurants that serve it are usually Chinese owned and operated.

I have to say, if I am in downtown Asheville, Champa is the place I go to for great Sushi. When in Downtown Hendersonville, it is UMI. Of course I have tried just about all of the places in town, and compared the food, service and experience. After a bunch of balanced comparisons, I do not go to Ichiban anymore. I have went to Wasabi one time in the past few years and that was for a business meeting. I will go to Kubos in downtown Asheville sometimes and I will go to Zen Sushi on Merrimon Avenue if I am on the northside of town. The Sushi at Asiana Grand Buffet is not my style either. I like specialized food and they just do not have it. As far as I have heard, Yao is about the same. Buffet style Sushi is not for me.

Green Tea Sushi on Patton Avenue in West Asheville is pretty good, but when they tried to open up on the southside of town, the business flopped. They just could not properly manage running and keeping consistent quality at two businesses in town. So it has shut down, and Sogo Fusion has now opened in the same spot.

Tonight was my first experience at Sogo Fusion. I have to say that this is now my Sushi spot of choice if I am not in downtown Asheville or Hendersonville NC. I got to meet the owners Johnny, Joe and Mandy and they were great people who talked about their dedication to a delicacy food and getting involved in the community more. For Sushi, I will drive from Biltmore Village to South Asheville just to eat at Sogo now!

Tupelo Honey Cafe is across the street from them, and Frankie Bones is right next door to them. And if you want some dessert Rita’s Custard is right next door as well. Sogo is located at 1840 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803.

*All photos shown in this post are from dishes at Sogo Fusion.




Asheville Sushi Lunch Tweetup May 21, 2012

Asheville is known for some great foodie establishments. You can find Sushi at several places in the area. Of course we all have our preferences and we many times find ourselves at Champa. It all started in Hendersonville about 2 years ago when I visited for a meeting. We stopped by Champa and the food, drinks and staff were great! So when they decided to open up a place in the downtown Asheville area, we immediately stopped by to check it out. What did we find? Some great sushi rolls yet again!

Just the other day while I was passing by there, Doug, one of the waitstaff stopped me and said “Did you hear about our All You Can Eat Sushi on Sundays and Mondays?” I was like “Nice!!” Then the next day @Foodtopia tweeted about it, I asked them to meet me there, @RelyLocalAVL and several others jumped in on the plan, and this Asheville Tweetup was born! (For those you who do not know what a Tweetup is: It is a meeting or meetup that was initiated on Twitter, but everyone is invited!)

The date has been confirmed: Monday May 21, 2012 from 11:30am till 2pm and we are going to have a great time! ALL YOU CAN EAT sushi rolls from the menu or custom made. $25 for a Sushi Feast with Friends!! You can just show up to meet and eat with us, and/or you can RSVP to the Asheville Sushi Tweetup on Facebook. See you there!