Ru San’s Japanese Sushi

Ru San’s is actually based in Atlanta, Georgia, but they have one tiny little unsuspecting restaurant outside of the Peach State and it’s located in our very own Dilworth.

My friend Andrea and I were drawn by the promise of $1 sushi rolls. Andrea writes a lovely healthy lifestyle blog, Thin Thighs and Sweet Potato Fries, so make sure to hop on over and support another Charlotte blogger.

When we got to Ru San’s, Andrea noticed that the volume level inside was a little high. They have a chic sushi bar and if you don’t mind raising your voice a little, it’s a nice environment. We opted to sit outside, though, since there was a ton of blog-talk to be done!

Our waiter was . . . different. We asked about his picks for the $1 sushi menu and he seemed unenthusiastic to say the least. I asked if he was too cool for the $1 menu, and he half agreed. I responded with something only slightly less awesome than (but along the same lines as), “Okay, moneybags, what would you get?” More waffling . . . and finally he recommended the Firecracker Maki roll. Good! Andrea and I decided to share one of these, and order Spicy Tuna and California rolls form the $1 menu as well. We rounded off our meals with house salads tossed with ginger dressing — always a fave.

Andrea wanted a spring roll boasting asparagus and carrots on the side, but our hipster waiter said he thought they were out of them. Well, um, are you out of them? Or aren’t you? I guess we’ll never know, since after cleaning all our plates, we decided we were too full to care. So how was the food?

The salad was great — your average little salad with crispy noodles and ginger dressing on top. I love ginger dressing, so I enjoyed it.

The $1 sushi was actually good stuff for the cost. Your $1 buys you one roll, or 3 pieces. To me, it was on par with some of the sushi I’ve gotten at, say, Harris Teeter — and that sushi actually costs more! It’s a nice deal. Andrea and I discovered that it was also the perfect setup for trying several different types of sushi and sharing it around, since it’s so inexpensive.

The $1 stuff was good for the money, but our waiter was right about recommending one of the specialty rolls. We would’ve really been missing out had we not ordered the Firecracker Maki Roll to share between us. This $9 roll was comprised of 5 pieces, and plated with a tremendous pile of bean thread noodles and a spicy, tangy sauce. This was definitely my favorite taste of the night. The outside of the roll — which is filled with white and red tuna — is fried lightly, making the texture combination in the dish really lovely. The cold, slightly crisp noodles against the hot exterior and cool interior of the sushi, particularly when coupled with the bright sauce, was so satisfying.

One pet peeve about this restaurant (besides the waiter who seemed to kind of hate the menu?) was that they don’t serve fountain drinks. I’m a beverage stickler. I kind of hate when restaurants serve canned sodas (and no free refills, of course).

All in all, though, we had such a fun meal. I’d recommend trying Ru San’s if you’re a sushi fan and perhaps going about it like we did — ordering one larger specialty roll to share, some $1 rolls for variety, and a nice salad to complete the meal. Enjoy!

Charlotte Spoon Rating: 3 out of 5 spoons

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4 responses to “Ru San’s Japanese Sushi

  1. There is a Ru San’s in Nashville. It sounds similar to the one here: Very noisy, iffy service, good food. I loved the pasta with umeboshi sauce (no idea if it’s still on the menu, haven’t been to a Ru San’s in many years).

  2. This is personally one of my favorite sushi places but the service IS terrible (since they expanded). The $9.00 sushi buffet is a steal though.

    Btw… I love your site. I will continue to check it out. My wife and I are always looking for new places to eat in Charlotte πŸ™‚

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