Zumi Sushi is one of those restaurants that I kept meaning to go to and always forgetting about. I’m glad that I finally made it, because it’s good.
Zumi Sushi is relatively new to town (opened in May 2009) and is located across from the Belcourt in what’s becoming a seriously interesting strip of restaurants. The food is affordable and very tasty, and it’s also beautifully prepared. The restaurant also features great happy hour specials that you should seriously consider enjoying on their enormous front and back patios once it warms up.
I began my meal with the House Salad, which is basically just romaine lettuce and shredded carrots, but it’s topped with house-made carrot-ginger dressing. A version of this salad is served at pretty much every pan-Asian restaurant, and this one holds its own. The dressing is really flavorful, and I liked it a lot, but it’s still just a bowl of lettuce and carrots.
For my entree I (obviously) ordered the Vegan Soba Bowl, pictured above. I mean, come on, how could I not order the one menu item with “Vegan” in the name? The Vegan Soba Bowl is a bowl of buckwheat soba noodles cooked with tofu, veggies (broccoli, bell peppers, and snow peas make an appearance) in a vegan dashi broth. This bowl basically punched me in the face with flavor. It was surprisingly spicy, with a lot of crushed red pepper. The soba noodles really hold up well with the veggies and tofu. The portion size was generous but not enormous – basically, it was the Goldilocks of noodle bowls. The grilled lemons on top were an awesome addition.
On a separate visit (sans camera, sorry, blog fail) I knew I wanted to try the sushi. The Green Sesame roll was calling her sweet siren song of deliciousness, and I succumbed. The Green Sesame roll features asparagus, carrots, cucumber, kanpyo, inari tofu, and peanuts, all rolled in thin strips of avocado. It sounds good, right? It is good. And it’s eight pieces. For $5.50. OH YEAH.
I will absolutely be back to Zumi Sushi. There are more things on the menu I want to try! Can you believe I haven’t had the garlic-soy edamame? Me neither. I will leave you with this photo that shows how mature I am:
Zumi Sushi Japanese Kitchen
2119 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212