Restaurants & Bars 6

AZIA - Greenville, SC

ap65065 | Jan 16, 200803:41 PM

I've been meaning to make a trip to AZIA, but since it's off of Woodruff, it keeps getting pushed down on the list. But, I finally went last Thursday and am SO happy to see another really great restaurant added to the Greenville dining scene.

I can only speak of the sushi. That's why we went, that's what we ordered, and it was wonderful!

We sat at the sushi bar, which I wouldn't recommend. The sushi bar is the front of a very busy kitchen, with (literally) 20 people working, talking, making food. Yes, the sushi chef is preparing your sushi in front of you, but a few steps behind him people are yelling out orders and the general rush of a kitchen is practically on your plate as well. Beginner's mistake - the dining room was wide open, quiet, they have an upstairs level, the bar was very busy, and in the warm months, they have a nice sized outdoor patio.

Edamame was promptly brought to us, before water even - nice touch. Relatively small wine list compared to some others in town, but ok choices.

We then ordered a couple of specialty rolls:
spicy tuna, white tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko and scallion

spicy tuna roll topped with tuna and avocado

And several nigiri and sashimi pieces:
TUNA (maguro), YELLOW TAIL (hamachi), SALMON (sake), and SNAPPER (madai)

The salmon was my favorite - it just melted in my mouth. The pieces were huge and a couple of them had unique twists that were really enjoyable - the yellow tail was served with a small chive and tiny lemon.

The presentation was really well done and involved a lemon shaped into a basket, filled with seaweed salad and fried snapper skin.

All of the entrees we saw pass us by looked really good too - next time I will get the whole snapper.

The staff was incredibly attentive, from the host to the servers to the managment to the sushi chefs. They remind me of BlueFire in the beginning - before service went downhill.

Overall, though I haven't tried the sushi at Siam Oishii (and I've heard it's VERY good), I think AZIA is the best sushi Greenville is offering right now. It's what Blue Fire used to be, my former top sushi joint, and a whole world apart from the Sushi Murasakis and Tsunamis of the world.

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