I went to Chuck's Fish on Saturday for some sushi. I'll add it to Jinsei and Ginza as the better places to eat sushi in town.
The fish all was very fresh-tasting and well-prepared. I started with sashimi -- the appetizer that included tuna, salmon, yellowtail, conch and boiled octopus. All were very good, especially the salmon and conch.
Next was nigiri. Although I was told they were out of mackeral, one of the chefs brought me an order -- gratis -- after I had been served my nigiri.
A very good sushi chef once told me you can gauge the quality of a sushi bar by its mackeral, and this was very good. The marinade brought out the buttery qualities of the fatty mackeral, which wasn't fishy as it is at some places. Although it's not a fish many Americans like, the Japanese adore it -- and for good reason.
I was not impressed with the soft-shell crab roll, but the conch roll (called a Dharma roll, for their sister restaurant in Pensacola, Dharma Blue, which I like) was mighty tasty.
All that went well with the milky sweet cold unfiltered sake I ordered, plus a little lagninappe that the restaurant was pouring.
Chuck's is not quite as expensive as Jinsei, nor as intricate. It may not be as authentic -- nary a Japanese or Korean person behind the sushi bar -- as Ginzei. But it was a mighty enjoyable evening and I look forward to returning.
Chuck's is near Greystone, up on the hill. I think that's where the Prairie Fire Grill once was. Fans of the once-great (now closed) Kimono will recognize the plaza.
5291 Valleydale Rd Ste 101, Birmingham, AL 35242
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