When you boast on Twitter about getting all of your meal planning complete and groceries purchased and a friend asks if you want to go to dinner you obviously say YES! This is exactly what happened a few Fridays ago when my friend Joey suggested we go out for sushi.
We both live on the outskirts of Charlotte where sushi options are slim. You have the usual suspects with "fusion" menus where a restaurant crams as many Asian flavors on the menu as possible, instead of focusing on one or two regions, and it tastes...Americanized. They try to be too many things to too many people at the lowest price possible. This is not how we like our sushi and why, when the craving hits, we head into town to get our fix.
Having said all that, our side of town is growing. New shopping centers bring new restaurants, some new and some existing concepts that work in other parts of town. One one of those restaurants is Mr. Tokyo. The original location is in south Charlotte and has a great reputation for quality sushi so when they opened another location on our side of town I knew we were in trouble. And by trouble I mean having to wear non-elastic pants to eat there.
There are two dinning options: all you can eat sushi and hibachi or ordering off of their standard menu.
Obviously we chose the all you can eat option. I typically eat $30-50 worth of sushi in one sitting so paying $18.99 (plus a little extra for the few "premium items") is totally doable.
Gluttons beware! They will charge you $0.50-$1.00 for leftover sushi to curb over ordering. Better to under order and order more, than over order and pay more.
Here's everything that I ate:
The octopus sashimi was the only disappointing thing that evening.
The texture of the coconut chips threw me off a bit, however, I did enjoy their flavor on the roll.
Needless to say, Joey and I sat and talked for about an hour after devouring dinner because we couldn't move.
I'm excited to have something on our side of town that's delicious and has a great reputation. Can't wait to try the rest of their menu!
Where: 10012 Benfield Rd, Ste 300, Charlotte, NC 28269
Have you been to Mr. Tokyo? What's your favorite sushi roll there?