Whether you’re craving a melt-in-your-mouth morsel of traditionally prepared tuna sashimi or over-the-top fusion fun at a hip izakaya, you can find some of the most exciting (and delicious) sushi available without a passport right here in the 918.
If your idea of a fish dinner is fish sticks served with ketchup, it’s time to train your taste buds in a worthier seafood experience. Make it your 2017 resolution to leave that childhood meal in the freezer and dine out on a more sophisticated seafood choice — sushi.
Despite Tulsa’s landlocked location, it’s easier than ever to find the pairing of raw fish and rice. The sushi scene is expanding, with many fantastic old and new places to choose from. The artistry with which some chefs serve their sushi rolls is impressive, making a dinner outing sometimes an artistic exhibit. Some chefs show off their roll-making prowess with an open viewing area at the sushi bar, while others seek to make creative new combinations that you can’t get anywhere else.
Either way, Green Country has you covered with multiple great places to go, and all are fun and unique, worthy of investigating.
Sushi is something that will keep us coming back to the same spot for many years. From offerings of fanciful rolls to simple sashimi, here are our favorite sushi spots.
Akira Sushi Bar
9455 Owasso Expressway | Owasso
Akira Sushi Bar’s customers will tell you the sushi there isn’t just good or even great; it’s better than that. It’s exquisite. The vast menu brings regulars back again and again, ready to try something new. Unbelievable sushi combination platters like the Ichiban or the deluxe sashimi with octopus and salmon are crowd pleasers. Sweet sushi rolls like the Panda-monium, stuffed with fried calamari and snow crab, or the Obsidian rolls with salmon, cream cheese and jalapenos inside are beautifully unique and equally scrumptious.
3708 S. Elm | Broken Arrow
Yes, you read that correctly. Broken Arrow’s Caribbean Sushi restaurant gives its fusion-loving patrons everything they want or expect of the inventive, delectable combination of Caribbean flavors with sushi to create something totally unique in town. Avocado, shrimp and mango combined with sriracha becomes something even a non-sushi lover can love. Aruba rolls with plantains or veggie rolls topped with mango bits drizzled with teriyaki sauce will pleasantly surprise any sushi fanatic. First-class service and a fabulous atmosphere come with the whole package.
Fuji Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar
8226 E. 71st St. | Tulsa
Master chef Nobu and the excellent staff at Fuji have been artfully providing Tulsa with authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine dishes since the 1980s. With what seems like a million rolls to choose from, they truly have something for everyone. Terrific lobster salad rolls come nearly any way you like. Hot Kani rolls with perfectly fried shrimp, buttery avocado and asparagus in multiple combinations are melt-in- your-mouth amazing. You can gorge yourself on Rainbow rolls with salmon and eel sauce without regret.
Geisha Sushi Bar
10846 S. Memorial | Tulsa
Only a little over a year old, the Geisha Sushi Bar is an up-and-coming local treasure. The hanging art, geisha dolls and charming tables make this a beautiful place to eat. Their dishes are presented as complete works of art. The coconut shrimp is light and crispy. Enjoy inventive, delicious flavor combinations you may not find elsewhere, like the Love of Salmon (crab, cucumber, avocado, fried salmon, habanero masago) and the Creel (snow crab, fried shrimp, asparagus, eel, scallops, mussels, crawfish). Geisha’s culinary excellence reminds us what makes sushi great.
Hapa Japanese Cuisine
13720 E. 86th | Owasso
Locals love Hapa Japanese Cuisine for their friendly staff and spectacular dishes. But it’s the specialty rolls that rule the menu like Godzilla rules the seas or Mothra the skies. The Fullmetal Alchemist, a salmon and jalapeno tempura fried roll, is simply magical, deliciously topped with eel sauce and scallions. The spicy Brown Eyed Girl contains shrimp tempura, habanero, avocado and garlic cream sauce. Try the ever-trending Joker & Harley-Quinn for an even spicier dish mixed with salmon, jalapeno and avocado, topped with wasabi tobiko. And how can you not give props to a place that trends pop culture hip with other specialty rolls like Spider-Man vs Venom, Hulk, The Force Awakens, John Wayne and Mario.
In the Raw
3321 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
6151 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
216 Main | Broken Arrow
In the Raw offers a mixture of the traditional options that sushi connoisseurs adore — everything from classic tuna rolls to fresh water eel to spicy yellowtail — as well as more creative choices for the more daring diners like mussels, squid, octopus, and plenty more. If it’s aquatic, In the Raw probably serves it. And you can order it either at the sushi bar or at a table, depending on how you feel like dining. Specialty rolls are also available, and as sushi lovers know, that’s where a menu can truly shine. Among the numerous sushi rolls to sample are the Jobe (tempura shrimp, crab, asparagus and eel topped with tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and avocado); the Restless Ribbon (shrimp, salmon, crab, and avocado, rolled in sesame seeds); and the extravagant 6151 (crab cake, cream cheese, jalapeno, and asparagus, rolled in masago, and topped with a 6-ounce lobster tail). And that’s just the short list.
Kirin Asian Cuisine
8041 S. Mingo | Tulsa
Kirin offers a quiet, warm wood interior, excellent service and beautiful presentations of food that delight both the taste buds and the eyes. Chef Bae is a master at sushi making who brings passion and balance to every roll, down to the distinct sauces he creates to complement them. In addition to traditional rolls such as tuna and salmon, diners can order a wide variety of seafood nigiri as well as specialty rolls such the Snow White (spicy yellowtail, avocado topped with white tuna, tobiko) or American Dream (a crunchy roll with spicy tuna, avocado toped with salmon, tuna, white fish, eel and yellowtail).
Memories of Japan
2409 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
One of the area’s best-loved sushi spots is found in Broken Arrow. This little gem is worth repeat visits, as their regulars can tell you. Memories of Japan offers many sushi and sashimi combinations, as well as delectable original rolls like the Christmas (yellowtail with scallion, salmon with ginger, tuna with avocado inside, tobiko and masago on top). If you like bento boxes, try the chicken teriyaki. It’s delicious, and it comes with a California roll and tempura.
1616 S. Utica | Tulsa
Some places are all about the food, while others are all about the atmosphere. Roka combines both to great effect. Dedicated to bringing local ingredients and flavors to their dishes, they serve up tasty, fresh food in a dining area well suited for business lunches, dinner dates and drinks with friends. Try the 314 (blackened salmon, eel, grilled jalapeño, asparagus, toasted sesame seeds, eel sauce) and the Hikari (tempura shrimp, spinach, avocado, cucumber, torched salmon, dill weed, celery salt, lemon zest, saikyo miso). And if one of your companions isn’t thrilled to dive into sushi, Roka has plenty of more mainstream offerings like fire grilled duck breast, Mongolian BBQ, almond sesame chicken and even a burger.
Sobahn Korean Cuisine and Sushi
7315 S. Memorial | Tulsa
Just south of 71st and Memorial sits a totally authentic Asian experience. Sobahn’s owner, Hye S. Shon, has created a beautiful version of Asian cooking, down to the sushi, Korean and Japanese dishes, traditional Asian seating (floor cushions and low tables) or American seating (tables and chairs), green tea and karaoke. A visit to Sobahn not only tastes delicious; it also feels a lot like a trip to Korea or Japan. There are so many choices of nigiri, house rolls and sashimi that it can be overwhelming at first. But the staff is so helpful finding out your likes and dislikes and suggesting the perfect fit. With not a lot of Korean restaurants in the area, Sobahn is an awesome place to start that journey with features like bulgogi (thinly sliced beef marinated in a blend of spices), beef short ribs and bibimbap (served in a large bowl of rice and topped with a variety of vegetables, an egg, and choice of beef, squid, chicken or fried tofu).
Sushi Hana Japanese Fusion
9904 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
3739 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
When you want your sushi served with a side of hip atmosphere, Sushi Hana is an excellent choice. The decor is clean, modern, inviting, and so is the food. Owners Kenny and Shirli Chan seek to give customers the finest in texture, flavor and artistry. In addition to traditional rolls bursting with fresh ingredients, you can order a Sushi Hana specialty, like the Secret Garden roll (cucumber, Japanese pickle, daikon, carrot, jelly noodle and masago in soy paper with mango sauce).
120 Aquarium Dr. | Jenks
What doesn’t Waterfront Grill do? Their extensive menu includes a wide array of options, including sushi. This makes it a great spot to take the entire family. While the children eat burgers or chicken-fried steak, the more daring among you can opt for sushi roll options such as the Caliente roll (jalapeno, crabmeat, chipotle cream cheese, tempura shrimp, topped with blackened tuna and eel). And you can overlook the Arkansas River while dining on their patio.
6560 E. 51st | Tulsa
If buffet-style Asian food is your style and sushi is your muse, then Yutaka offers the best of both worlds. Traditional buffet dishes like spareribs and beef and broccoli are to be had, alongside several freshly made sushi options like the classic California roll, tuna, salmon and shrimp. And there’s a hibachi area too. Eat something from every section of the buffet in a casual atmosphere for a reasonable price, with discounted prices for children.
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