This is the kind of place some people love to whine and complain about. With its loud music and rude and rushed service, Ru San's is something you ... More
This is the kind of place some people love to whine and complain about. With its loud music and rude and rushed service, Ru San's is something you might expect in Manhattan's apparel district, but not in Atlanta. Nonetheless, the locals can't get enough of the place, and the brash dining room is usually packed. The inexpensive, expertly prepared sushi is what draws the crowds, although a few Asian entree items are also available. Alcoholic beverage choices are limited to beer and wine only.
Since coming back from Japan I found it hard to satisfy my sushi cravings, well no longer! Ru Sans has so many sushi options that it takes half an hour to read the whole menu. They have food for the adventurous and not-so-adventurous. Rainbow roll is so good! The appetizers are large, food is tasty and presented nicely and service is usually prompt and friendly. And it's affordable!
The tv/sports bar atmosphere is the only downside but does provide a relaxed atmosphere for anyone who might be intimidated by a more formal place. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes or wants to try sushi.
As a franchise to the Atlanta restaurant you would think that the Ru-San's in Athens would also have great food. This is not the case. The sushi there looks like it was put together by a customer not seasoned chefs. The tuna on the tuna roll was not fresh, the tempura was mostly made of rice and teh shrimp was extremely cold (usually it is hot because the tempura is fried), and the entries were DISGUSTING!! One dish, the sesame tofu dish, tasted like the vegetables were sautéed in spoiled seafood juice. The manager claimed it was the flavor of the seaweed that I, nor my friends, didn't like but I know that wasn't the case. I've never dislike any Japanese restaurant but this experience changed everything. Ru-San's in Athens, Ga is just plain horrible.
Best Sushi restaurant I've experienced yet in Atlanta. Sure the ambience isn't the best with the loud music but the food is amazing and the service is friendly. The presentation on the dishes was amazing, it was like eating a work of art. I will definitly be going back.
I have been a regular at RuSan's since 2004. I have tried a variety of foods and I have never been disappointed. My favorites are the maki rolls and sushi. It's very reasonably priced and the wait time *if any* is generally low. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to try sushi because it is simplistic meaning what you see on the menu is what is what is inside of the item. Good job RuSan's....keep up the good work.
Boasting the most amazing menu of any sushi restaurant I've ever been to, Ru San's is simply something that you need to experience for yourself. If you like the old traditional nigiri and maki, that's fine. But if you're up for something a little bit unusual (call it Southeastern U. S. style), Ru San's will not disappoint. The fried calamari appetizer was the best calamari I've ever tasted in the States, but that's not what's important--the sushi is. Rolls you've never even thought of fill the menu . . . and, may I add, dozens of them. And if you're looking for the ultimate in east-meets-west cuisine, try the first item on the menu: "Gone With the Wind"--a sushi roll more resembling a wagon-wheel than anything else, with seven sections, each bearing its own specific taste treat . . . then DEEP-FRIED (!!!!) and sliced into three serving sections so its composition can be seen and appreciated. Sure, the restaurant is loud, it's crowded, and maybe a health inspector could find a few problems with the cleanliness in some areas, but the waiters are almost all top-notch, the manager is fun and chatty, and the sushi chefs (not all of which seem to be from the traditional sushi-eating countries) actually do know what they're doing. Overall, this place gets at least 4 stars out of 5, and depending on your ability to withstand loud music and loud crowds, you may knock it up a notch higher. If you love sushi, or if you're looking to try it in an atmosphere that makes it fun and doesn't force the "raw fish" ideas on you, Ru San's is as close to perfect as you'll find.
A lunch experience finally led me to writing this review. The well lit restaurant allowed me to see how filthy the place was. The floor was stain laden and the sushi bar had nakins and chopstick wrappers all around. Manager scrambled to clear out tables instead of ensuring the quality of service. everyone was running around constantly, they touched dirty plates, wiped tables with dirty napkins and oily rags, and then set tables with "clean" plates and napkins in quick seccessions, all with us standing next to them. Watching me wiping oil streaks off my table with a napkin, the manager did not offer his help. Instead, he threw the menus down and then ran to his next chore without saying a word. I ackowledge the fact that they are busy, but do not believe they have an excuse to compromise on hygienes. Their ambiance can be inviting on a friday night if you are looking for the club experience, but it is a complete and utter misrepresentation of the Japanese culture. Food is the same way. The appeal of their food comes not from high quality ingredients or the skills of their chefs, but is the result of low grade material with a lot of frying and myriads of ready-made sauces. When taken everything in consideration, the restaurant's value is subpar. A simple example of their cost-cutting is the lack of the traditional tofu and seaweed in their miso soup. With such popularity, they should seriously consider raising their standards, and maybe putting more servers on the floor.
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