First it was Drunken Fish. Then it was Drunken Sake. Now, after weeks of debate over the name, the restaurant that took over the former True Thai space has settled on a permanent moniker -- Sober Fish. According to a Sober Fish waitress, the Seward neighborhood found the first two names overly sug ... More >>
The Twin Cities have gotten yet another national hat tip. This time, Travel & Leisure magazine has recognized Masu Sushi & Robata for serving up one of the best bowls of ramen in the country. The magazine puts Masu at number eight on its list of 15 top noodle bowls from around the United Sta ... More >>
After a 12-year run in Minneapolis's Warehouse District, Nami has closed. Last week, the sushi restaurant announced through Facebook that it was under new ownership and would be closing immediately. According to its answering machine, the space will reopen in March, but will be under a new name. T ... More >>
The Salt of the Earth Fuji Ya $9 While the overzealous are busy piling on the resolutions and cutting out indulgences cold turkey, savvy sippers around the Cities can keep their New Year's promises by sticking to the motto "everything in moderation." Instead of the usual beer, burger, and fries, pa ... More >>
Sushi Fix owner Billy Tserenbat's enthusiasm is infectious. It's hard not to find yourself raising high a sip of sake and toasting, "Kampai!" at any given moment inside his restaurant on Lake Street in Wayzata. He bounds from kitchen to table, engaging each customer about the various dishes he' ... More >>
The new Asian eatery boosts Nicollet's culinary clout
The sustainable seafood trend shows no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by the new sushi restaurant heading to south Minneapolis. Kyatchi promises to use only responsibly fished ingredients, and the team behind this venture knows a few things about seafood.See Also:Best Sushi 2013: Sushi FixFish ... More >>
When Azia, an Asian fusion night spot known for its cranberry cream cheese wontons and fruity cocktails closed in 2010, fans mourned the loss of this unique piece of Twin Cities dining history. When Eat Street Buddha Kitchen and Lounge opens on Monday, the old home of Thom Pham's Azia will make ... More >>
First the folks that brought you the original Masu Sushi & Robata in Northeast Minneapolis gave us a new location at the Mall of America. Then they opened One, Two, Three Sushi, a fast casual version of their sushi and ramen concept, in the skyway level of the IDS Tower. Now they're reaching out ... More >>
When the Sushi Fix first rolled into downtown, there were a few skeptical eye rolls. Raw fish? From a truck? In August? But what those sweet, unsuspecting souls didn't know is that they were one bite away from a new addiction. Soon lines twirled around the open Sushi Fix truck window like so many te ... More >>
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The folks who brought you the now nationally recognized Masu Sushi & Robata are ready to open their newest venture. One Two Three Sushi will open February 11, for hungry downtown lunchgoers in the skyway of the IDS Building. The new venture will serve the popular rolls and lunchtime classics, b ... More >>
New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well
After officially closing its Minnetonka location on December 29, Origami Sushi reassured fish fans that it still plans to increase its presence. Its Uptown location at the ground floor of the new MoZaic building on Lagoon Avenue is expected to open in early February, reports the Southwest Journal.Se ... More >>
One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>
See also: Origami's deep-fried blowfish: Not just for the thrill of it 100 Favorite Dishes: Uni at Origami No offense to some of the other good sushi joints in town, but we've always had a soft spot for Origami in the Warehouse District. From its incredibly delicate gyoza to its perfectly constructe ... More >>
See also:Masu Sushi Mall of America has an opening dateBest Japanese Restaurant: Masu Sushi & RobataMasu Sushi & Robata goes the extra mile for happy hourTurn your head away from the steady stream of shoppers and it's not hard to imagine that the new Mall of America restaurant is the Nordeas ... More >>
See Also: Masu Sushi makes list of best new American sushi restaurantsBest of the Twin Cities: Best Japanese Restaurant -- 2012 Dining options at the mega mall are about to get a little hipper. The Best Japanese restaurant of last year is getting a suburban sibling. The menu will be nearly identica ... More >>
Yael GrauerSocial House's Albunai roll: More style than substance.Social House is exquisite. The decor, that is. The restaurant, however, may still be a bit of a work in progress. We arrived to the buzzing Uptown eatery at around 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and were promptly asked if we were o ... More >>
Mpls/St. Paul Magazine broke the news that popular Northeast sushi joint Masu Sushi and Robata, a restaurant created under the guidance and consultation of Tim McKee, will open a second location. Interestingly enough, it's slated to make its home at the former Soul Daddy space in the Mall of ... More >>
Ocean Buffet in Brooklyn CenterThe Twin Cities has no shortage of Asian buffet restaurants. But who would have guessed that the award for highest per capita concentration of Asian buffets would go to Brooklyn Center? With the recent opening of Ocean Buffet on Shingle Creek Parkw ... More >>
Rare Steak & SushiThe name has changed, but the menu's similar. The new owners of the Grand Hotel have been making a few changes, including recently upgrading the lobby lounge to the Six15 Room. As of a few weeks ago, management said that the upstairs Zahtar restaurant would be staying the sa ... More >>
Another Osaka pops up in Golden Valley.The Osaka Japanese restaurants have quietly grown into quite a little suburban empire. The ninth one just opened in Golden Valley at 6440 Wayzata Blvd. off of 394, the former home of the quickly shuttered Mexican restaurant, Ciento. (Each location is ope ... More >>
Minnesota Historical SocietyThe original Nankin restaurant.After 80 years in business, Minneapolis's storied Nankin Cafe, longtime a center for Minnesota's Chinese community, closed in its City Center location in 1999. Its legacy has lived on in bits and pieces, with some of its furnishings f ... More >>
A cute killerAngry Gummi$8 ($6 at happy hour)Masu Sushi and Robata330 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis612.332.6278The pachinko, sushi and noodles aside, the new Masu has a cocktail list that Hot Dish wanted to peruse. So, we snuck in early one evening and decided on the Angry Gummi.
Meet Minneaplis / FlickrIf you're headed to a show at the Guthrie this summer, why not start the evening with a pre-theater meal downtown? That way, you can park early, enjoy a relaxing dinner, and ensure that your stomach won't start rumbling somewhere in the middle of the second act. While ... More >>
Teppanyaki BuffettAsian buffets are like drinking warm beer. You know the experience won't be as pleasant as it should be, but you also know that it will get the job done. Another Asian buffet, Teppanyaki, has opened in the Hi-Lake Shopping Center at Lake and Hiawatha. The Hot Di ... More >>
Two-for-ones on Twins home game days at the Wondrous Azian Kitchen. It's an Asian-heavy week in food, and we're not complaining. Rare is the week when we get to kick things off with sushi at Tom Pham's and wrap it up sucking down sake at Moto-i, with a visit to Sawatdee wedged safely in betwe ... More >>
Banh mi makes the cut, as does doughnut hole.Language standards are loosening up, as evidenced by last week's update of the Oxford English Dictionary, which added a few slangy acronyms--OMG and LOL, FYI, and WAG--as well as the trendy terms smack talk, couch surf, fixed gear, and ick factor. In ... More >>
Henry Chan continues to expand his east metro sushi empire. On the heels of the Kitchen's closure, the Pioneer Press reports that restaurateur Harry Chan is planning to open another Shanghai Bistro in its place. The site is in Stillwater's Grand Garage building and is known for its spacious p ... More >>
carldunniii via Flickr.comSuch magical wordsWe've all been there: nights when the idea of cooking dinner or venturing into the dark, teeth-chattering cold to grab a meal sounds about as enticing as hitting the gym at 5 a.m. At times like these, there's no phrase quite as magnificent as "We de ... More >>
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It is a happy, happy thing indeed that the happy hour endures
Perhaps it's best to say that Saji-Ya has entered a period of rest after its long spate of medal-winning in the early '90s.