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Sashimi platter at MF Sushibar in Midtown. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Sashimi platter at MF Sushibar in Midtown. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS

1) MF Sushi in Buckhead and Midtown

You say, “Hands down the best sushi is at MF Sushi, The sushi there tastes fresh in comparison to other places I even eaten in Atlanta. I prefer the location on Ponce. The Buckhead location is a nice place to take a gathering of friends.”

2) Sushi House Hayakawa in Doraville

3) Taka Sushi Café in Buckhead

4) Tomo in Vinings

5) Circle Sushi in Sandy Springs

6) Sushi Huku on Powers Ferry Road

Executive chef and owner Chris Kinjo preparing sushi in the omakase room at MF Buckhead.

Executive chef and owner Chris Kinjo preparing sushi in the omakase room at MF Buckhead.

OUR PICKS

1) MF Buckhead

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “MF Buckhead has done something that no other restaurant in Atlanta has ever done on such a grand scale. Its 8,000 square feet of jaw-dropping space has finally combined the big, bold Buckhead look that Atlanta loves with an absolutely incomparable dining experience. No detail — from the perfect thickness of the wooden chopsticks to the amazing sake list — has been ignored. But it is the sushi bar — and incredibly fresh fish cut perfectly — that is the beating heart of this restaurant.”

2) MF Sushibar in Midtown

3) Taka Sushi Café

4) Tomo Japanese Restaurant

5) Sushi House Hayakawa

For more on each of these sushi spots, take a look at Goldman’s latest In Search of….

303 comments Add your comment

jenlea

April 9th, 2010
5:56 pm

Sakura – small gem located in east Cobb; fabulous sashimi

Kate

April 9th, 2010
11:35 pm

It’s amazing how many people not mentioned about SUSHI HUKU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went there after I found this blog.

http://eatdrinkman.blogspot.com/2009/01/sushi-huku-itamae-san-and-i.html

check it out!!!!!!!!!!!!

JA

April 10th, 2010
8:00 am

TWIST, GOLDFISH, and AJA…always fresh and yummy!

B.E.Gizzel

April 10th, 2010
9:25 am

Haru Ichiban, must have when I lived in Duluth! Sushi Mio, Sandy Springs now!

Nakatos!

April 10th, 2010
6:07 pm

Nakatos off Cheshire Bridge road is my favorite. I have dined at Gengki and RuSans and was not impressed. Nakatos has fresh fish delivered twice a week from the japanese fish market and they are always having new sashimi to choose from (although you may have to ask the sushi chef what new in season fish have arrived). It is not overpriced, the service is always good, and it is reliable.

JPM

April 10th, 2010
6:24 pm

For the true sushi afficionado Tomo, hands down the best in Atlanta.! Soto quality and creativity with great, friendly service. No drama. Taka, on Pharr Road, a close second.

Jenn

April 10th, 2010
6:44 pm

By far the best place to get Sushi is at Sapporo’s in Roswell. Their Head Sushi Chef “Mark” is a master at his art. I have brought friends from all over who are known for bashing bad sushi bars and each one of them have left Sapporo’s praising the sushi they devoured. If you ever stop by, make sure to have the Dragon Tail Roll and prepare yourself for a foodgasm-extraordinaire! My husband, who is a chef, was so impressed by the food he even went so far as to ask if he could become Marks apprentice. If that isn’t a compliment, I don’t know what is.

mimiaaali

April 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

GoDOGS1

April 10th, 2010
9:11 pm

Of course a “Chad” and a “Charlotte” think Genki is actually sushi…..classic!

Alf

April 10th, 2010
9:22 pm

Since when are “rolls” considered sushi? What a bunch of uneducated, unknowing shallow morons some of you are. Jeez!

E.Cobb

April 10th, 2010
9:26 pm

Soba has excellent sushi, a great atmosphere and wonderful service. It’s located at E. Piedmont and Roswell Road in Marietta.

Sam Bhenchod

April 10th, 2010
10:15 pm

Yami Yami in the Peachtree Plaza food court is tres exquisite!

stuart partee

April 10th, 2010
10:48 pm

Thaicoon on the Marietta Square. Perfect ambience, excellent sushi, and a wonderful Thai/Japanese menu for non-sushi people. I honestly think they could double their prices and no one would care.

Mikey

April 10th, 2010
11:00 pm

Nobody mentioned Nakato on Cheshire Bridge.

tcb30134

April 10th, 2010
11:15 pm

Orient Express in Vinings

Daryl

April 10th, 2010
11:19 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa 5979 Buford Highway…….It is the best of the best without a doubt.

A

April 11th, 2010
1:14 am

Tanaka on Highway 9 in Roswell. The real deal.

is30303

April 11th, 2010
2:21 am

Sushi Hayakawa is the only place in atlanta worth anything since Soto’s closed.

There are many authentic Japanese restaurants in atlanta. many are good. Circle Sushi, Shoyo, MF in midtown, Sushi Passion dude in buckhead (sorry forgot his name), Nakato, Huku. These are all fine establishments. But the category is sushi. not japanese restaurants.

With all due respect to the ’sushi’ chefs in atlanta, most of them could get a job washing dishes in Japan. It takes ten years of training before they let you touch the rice much less cut fish. After spending five years as an apprentice, most become disillusioned by the proliferation and wide acceptance of substandard and often dangerously disgusting quality of sushi by most consumers. Why put in the work when so many people can’t tell the difference?

Before you criticize this comment, please visit the place and see if you can distinguish the taste of fish and rice without soy sauce or wasabi. (if something is truly good, should you have to add things to it?). Soy sauce has a strong flavor and wasabi only adds to it thus can mask mediocre quality sushi. good sushi, properly made, can be eaten sans all the condiments. Please try it. If this thought scares you, then your sushi place is no good. Hayakawa is that good.

No offense but don’t put raw fish on rice and call it sushi. it insults an entire nation and culture of professionals. just cause i can change my car’s oil doesn’t mean i’m a mechanic.

Thats like saying Olive Garden or Fazoli’s has the best Italian in Atlanta.

Yalanda

April 11th, 2010
2:43 am

I love Thai Heaven on Virginia Ave

MDvine

April 11th, 2010
2:20 pm

It is so funny to read so many of these “opinionated” comments…especially about RuSan’s…funny how Ru’s won so many best of the ATL recoginitions in the past…and he did start a sushi revolution in the ATL.

Food, like many other cultural experiences, melds from one cultural point to another and mixes “palates” to evolve into a new experience of mixed cultures…so much of what we know now as sushi is a blended palate…new ideas with an old, established concept…so no, I do not have a problem with “sushi” made with cream cheese…any more than I do a lasagna made with spinach and no meat or pizza with no pepperoni…it is creative ethnic cuisine…but that does not mean it isn’t good…maybe not “traditional” or “authentic” but still “good”.

There have been many great, good and decent sushi places in the ATL since I have lived here…I have yet to eat any INDECENT sushi in 25 years living in the ATL…but I have enjoyed some places more that others….everybody does not fry chicken the same either.

SO yes, I like RuSan’s , Harry and Son’s, Genki, House of Korea…and so many other places where I did not know the name…but the best sushi I EVER ate was in Virginia Beach…Lobster sushi…oh yeah.

Kelly

April 11th, 2010
2:26 pm

Mori House in Suwanee. They’re always busy (so always fresh fish), always kind, and simply the best. Mori House is the BEST sushi in metro Atlanta.

Arnold

April 11th, 2010
2:32 pm

Yeah you are right…..you can eat a McDonald’s Hamburger (RuSans) or you can eat a Bone’s hamburger (MF)

JB

April 11th, 2010
3:01 pm

Sushi House on Peachtree Street

MDvine

April 11th, 2010
3:09 pm

@Arnold…yeah…and I can make my own sushi too….I do not have to be “Asian” to make sushi…how many ppl who EAT sushi know that sushi is a TYPE of rice used…or that you can make “sushi” with hot dogs as my one-time Korean housemate did…you can use egg, spam, tofu, or anything else to make sushi…as long as you use the right type of rice.

PhoenixSpirit

April 11th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hands down it is GOLDFISH at Perimeter Mall…!!!!!!!!!!

Pedro

April 11th, 2010
3:42 pm

Beyond a shadow of doubt the best sushi may be purchased at Publix right off of I85 & Hamilton Mill. I’ve been all over the world and have tasted sushi in many, many Asian restaurants but nothing comes close to what Publix offers. I buy sushi right there in the store about 2 to 3 times a week and never been disappointed. Best in the metro ATL area!!!!

Mo Co

April 11th, 2010
3:46 pm

The Strip at Atlantic Station =D

Steve Thomas

April 11th, 2010
3:51 pm

MF of course. Sure they are expensive, so are BMW’s, but the best does not come cheap. AJC asked which was best, not which was best on a budget.

Taylor

April 11th, 2010
4:15 pm

Nagoya Sushi in Roswell… The best, freshest around!

and1and1

April 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

Kuru Kuru Sushi in Pearl Kai Shopping Center, Aiea, Hawaii. Always a long waiting line but so worth it! Way, Way better than Genki and the prices are fantastic ^__^

Cyndi

April 11th, 2010
4:56 pm

Miyako on East/West Connector. It’s less than 3 minutes from the Bike Shop on the Silver Comet for those that love to run or ride. Hibachi tables are fun and sushi is always great.

newcomb

April 11th, 2010
7:43 pm

China Buffet in Riverdale

S.D.

April 11th, 2010
8:12 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa …. a plus.

Dana Blankenhorn

April 11th, 2010
8:30 pm

Strange no shout-out for Miso Isokaya on Edgewood. They don’t use the usual ingredients. They use different providers. And they have a wonderful sake selection.

Our local is Sushi Ave. in Decatur, and I just want to say that having a local you trust will give you a better time than driving all over the metro area looking for the “one great” sushi bar. Sushi is really about comfort, not knife work.

Brandi

April 11th, 2010
8:46 pm

Yuuch – no sushi for me.

Amy

April 11th, 2010
8:49 pm

MF sushi is SO overpriced. I spent $50 and left hungry, and that was just lunch! Yes, it was good sushi, but I don’t need 5 servers taking care of me. I guess if I was a millionaire I would eat at MF though. Taka was good sushi, but again, I spent so much money and left hungry. And slowwwwwww service. Circle Sushi is reasonable, fresh, never a long wait. Make fun of RuSans all you want but I never get sick, they have lots of variety from classic authentic sushi to “americanized” sushi and affordable. Not everyone can afford to spend $100 for a sushi dinner. Many of the other restaurants are clubs so it is a “be seen” place with all the club kids. Boring.

dave

April 11th, 2010
9:09 pm

Honestly, if you cannot afford the best fish (such as you find at MF, something flown in from Tokyo that day), please do not bash the ones who can. When you eat what they serve at Kroger or Ru San’s, you should expect to get a parasite or something like this. Please do not eat sushi if it is a low grade…… Go get some McFish that has been well fried.

Mr. Roboto

April 13th, 2010
7:12 am

1. MF
2. Nakato
3. Taka
4. Zuma
5. Hashiguchi Jr.

Abby

April 13th, 2010
8:27 am

Rama 5 in Buckhead has the best sushi for sure. Rain also has great sushi their snow white crab roll is scrumptious!

sullivan

April 13th, 2010
8:28 am

sushi mania in brookhaven is over the top. better than mf. the hot night roll is the best roll i have ever eaten (and i have has my share)

Kat

April 13th, 2010
8:48 am

Ru San’s is great for lunch. All you can eat sushi for about seven or eight bucks.

Kristie

April 13th, 2010
9:11 am

Thai Diner at Discover Mills in Lawrenceville. Outstanding sushi. Also, Whole Foods makes great sushi too!

Desiree

April 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Kuma at exit 216 in McDonough. $1.00 sushi, sake, beer on Mondays and Tuesdays! We try to go every week. They give big and fresh pieces. The staff is also fantastic! Been a regular for 2 years.

John

April 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

Li’s Asian Cuisine – Dallas Hwy. Cobb

Lily

April 13th, 2010
6:31 pm

Sushi Yoko at the Peachtree Industrial exit of I-285. This little gem, tucked away in a breeze-block building that used to be a day care, has THE best, most authentic, most delicious sushi ever! The almost exclusively Japanese clientele, the Japanese-language television programs, and the menus in two languages speak to Yoko’s authenticity and the value and taste can’t be found anywhere else in Atlanta.

wjm

April 13th, 2010
7:33 pm

OK….REALLY don’t wanna let the secret out, but by far the BEST sushi in ATL IS TANAKA!! Been my spot for almost 15yrs and have yet to have a complaint. The freshest, sweetest, melt in your mouth sushi in town! Have met numerous folks that travel from in-town to experience Tanaka and on numerous occasions rubbed elbows with sushi chefs from around town……SO if u wanna experience the REAL thing make the trip and you will NOT be disappointed. If you want authentic Japanese, served by a Japanese, and yes to many Japanese…THIS IS IT!!! ENJOY

Lisa

April 13th, 2010
8:24 pm

Fuji Ya has great sushi for $1 on Thursdays…also $1 daily between 5:00-6:00p.m. Happy Sumo on 141 is great, too. $2 for two pieces of nigiri.

J D M

April 14th, 2010
7:50 pm

Sushi house HAYAKAWA is the Best of the Best Sushi at Buford Hwy ATL !!
Japanese people call us SuShi Dokoro HAYAKAWA. Dokoro meaning, high end Sushi House in Japan for food. Everybody try once!

sushilover

April 14th, 2010
7:57 pm

If really want to taste real sushi…you have to go to HAYAKAWA! this is real!!! never disappointed you! I been eat lot of a plase to call sushi they just make me feel bad…because never eat like sushi in japan but! here is they have real japanese style sushi and they are really beautiful dish!!! dont talk about sushi before you go to HAYAKAWA lololol for real!!!!!

Paul

April 15th, 2010
12:18 pm

Hashiguchi. It’s located in the small strip mall across from the Lenox shopping mall.