The ever-popular fleet of whimsical toy boats laden with sushi is the gimmick at this sushi bar that is frequented by professionals, students and ... More
Warakubune Sushi Restaurant
The ever-popular fleet of whimsical toy boats laden with sushi is the gimmick at this sushi bar that is frequented by professionals, students and yuppies. The offerings are not many but the tuna, eel, shrimp and the likes are fresh and well made. The hand rolls are especially popular too, of which the California Roll is the star. At the tables you can order up plates of succulent Teriyaki as well as Udon noodles and hearty ' donburis ' with flavorful beef, chicken, seafood or vegetable toppings. The service in the typically Japanese-style eatery is quick and efficient.
Hands down best sushi I've had in the city.Being that its in a small cafe size space on church street it doesn't get the credit it deserves however keeps the price point down, and they also offer the boats or a table. They offer a wide variety of udon, teriyaki, ect.For such a small place they offer a hugh menu. And the service is exellent! The fish always tastes incredibly freshand the decor is very traditional and a bit casual and comfortable.They take their sauces very seriously and they have serveral house specialty's but my favorite is the asparagus temupra roll, can't get anything like it anywhere else.
Warakubune is by far the best sushi I've ever eaten. I now go there at least once a week, and can't go anywhere else because it just doesn't compare! I have yet to find a place like it, and believe me I've tried. Don't let the fact that is a sushi boat throw you off. The chef is known for being extrememly picky about the quality of his fish, and serves up huge fresh pieces for a very reasonable price.
feiss takes good care of everyone -- he's kept me coming back for 6 years now. while their traditional items are all solid (bonito and tamago are better here than anywhere i've ever eaten), warakubune is all about innovation. don't miss: spicy white tuna sashimi, purple sweet potato and macadamia nut maki, no-name maki, brian maki, and spicy california roll.
Kudos to friend Howard, who introduced me to Warakubune and who now lives in Japan (a connoisseur of all things nipponese). Apparently, there's lots of spillover here from the ever-popular hole-in-the-wall no-name sushi across the street. I was a bit concerned at the outset to discover Warakubune is a boat sushi-ya, with the revolving countertop, etc. Usually, such sorts of gimmicky places tend to do such fancy preso to make up for the sushi. But the quality of the sushi here is pretty good. There are also tables in the back if you're in a group or less into the grab-and-go model. Kudos on the hamachi sashimi starter!
I used to go to No Name across the street but got tired of waiting. By the time I would eat, I would be grumpy and no maki could make me happy. I ended up a refugee at the boat place and was welcomed by a warm staff that was extremely attentive. As long as you don't get stuck next to a lonely person who won't let you eat in peace, sitting at the bar is a great experience. They readily make recommendations. The sushi is always fresh, reasonably priced, and varied. If you don't see something, ask. Just don't get hypnotized by the boats whipping around.
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