Yes, we know it might be a long drive up I-95, and yes, the lines can be long, but there’s a difference between workaday sushi—even good workaday sushi—and the sushi at this lakeside gem in Columbia.
Exhibit A: a plate of butterfish, already flayed. On one side, the slender cuts of fish are perched atop pads of vinegared rice; on the other, the cuts are presented unadorned, as sashimi. When you’re done, the waitress will remove the plate, returning ten minutes later with the fried carcass. Sprinkle it with salt and chomp the soft, crunchy bones like Cheetos.
Focus most of your attention on the specials, scrawled on a dry-erase board, and supplement your order with the rolls, which are unrivaled anywhere in the area in their rococo creativity.
- Sunomono (cucumber salad)
- Agedofu (deep-fried tofu)
- Fried soft-shell crabs
- Dragon Roll, with lobster, tempura shrimp, and avocado
- Bridal Veil Roll, with spicy lobster salad, tempura flakes, and tuna
- Sashimi and nigiri, including live scallop, yellowtail, sweet shrimp, fatty tuna, and salmon