Sushi Murasaki: Downtown Greenville

Sushi Murasaki located in Downtown Greenville has been a regular stop for us for the past year. This was the very first sushi the wife and I ever had in this town and one that we find ourselves returning to often. The quality of the fish is always consistent and one that we can always count on. The sushi chefs are always fun to chat with and to encourage them on. If you challenge a sushi chef with some of the freshest ingredients, you are going to get something special. On this particular visit, it was just No. 1 and I out for a little daddy/daughter fun day full of ice cream from the Marble Slab Creamery and cupcakes from The Chocolate Moose. After spending all morning and afternoon downtown running from one end to the other doing whatever No. 1 wanted to do, I found myself hungry for a real solid meal before the 7 o'clock Greenville Drive game that we were going to. The sweet little girl that I call No. 1 looked up at me with the biggest eyes and said, "Dad, you like sushi so much, why don't we go get you that. I can just eat those hot green beans that I like." So that's exactly what we did.

No. 1 ordered some Edamame for $3.50 and would not even share one with me, but that's OK, I snuck one anyway and wasn't too thrilled with them. They were a little soggy and did not snap like they should have and not one single morsel of salt was present. That is the best part, sucking the salt off the shell before you eat the soy bean inside. However, No. 1 had no complaints and actually impresses quit a few folks around with her mad chop-stick talents.

I on the other hand went with Ume Bento Box for $25.It included 3 pieces of shrimp tempura, shumai, gyoza, spicy tuna tempura roll, 3 pieces of Nigiri, chefs choice sashimi and a bowl of miso soup. This is probably the single most delicious thing you could possible image for the price. I think I ended up with 14 - 16 pieces of assorted Sashimi and probably the largest 3 shrimp tempura I have ever had. The gyoza was tasty as always and the freshness of everything keeps one coming back.

I wish I could say the same thing for the service as I do about the food. This is the place where you need to stay away from the bar unless you are a single male looking to hit on some of the most stuck-up bartenders in the world. Sit at a table and if the place is packed, wait for a table, it is worth it. The male bartenders are the work horse behind the bar and the female bartenders just sit there and look pretty while they fix their hair and look down upon you. You can come to your own conclusions about the service, but make sure that when you walk past the sushi counter, say hello to the sushi chefs as they will keep an eye on you and where you are sitting and make your order a little extra special.
Bottom line: Sushi Murasaki has some of the freshest fish I have yet to encounter in Downtown Greenville. It is always consistent and you can trust that your meal will always be served with the utmost care and attention to all the details that you never knew was imaginable. Some of the prices on the specialty rolls are a little high, but don't let the price scare you away, they are worth every single penny and once they arrive, you will agree. I personally recommend the Texas Rainbow roll and the Aquarium roll. Those two rolls alone are enough to feed two people and probably not clear the plate. The creativity that goes on behind that counter is simply indescribable.

Downtown Greenville has a total of 5, maybe 6 sushi restaurants and this is the only one I have ever been to. I would love to hear what other sushi restaurants in the downtown area other people enjoy and what their favorite items are.

Sushi Murasaki
2 South Main Street
Greenville, SC  29601
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  1. I have gone there for about 7 and always sit at the bar. I've always gotten great service, and I don't feel like any of the bartenders have ever looked down on me. I also don't think any of the females who work there are stuck up. It's pretty nasty of you to write something like that about them. Sounds like you either tried to hit on one of them and got shot down, or else you are a terrible tipper.

  2. I just write it the way I see it, don't get me wrong, this place is fantastic and have always had great service when dining at a table. The last three times both my wife and I have thought the exact same thing!