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.
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.
2 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601