The Sushi Review
2440 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Despite the fact that this secluded corner-style-deli type sushi restaurant has become the trendy place to "see and be seen"; this spot is still hands down my favorite sushi place in all of Charlotte.
Even before a much needed renovation in the dining area this locally owned hangout spot was notorious for hosting gatherings of local "B List" celebrities, i.e. DJ's, filmmakers and underground multimedia kingpins such as your humble narrator. I'm not even going to try to deny it, the first time I went there I was trying to "hang face" and see what the entire buzz was about. Well, I soon found out. You have to understand, most actors are servers, most DJ's live with their moms and most indie filmmakers are starving artists. This isn't exactly the disposable income crowd. The prices on the sushi menu reflect that need for value. The quality at such a low price is unmatched. They have a great selection as well. Try and remember that these reviews are all about the Maki, baby. This was the first place I tried the now infamous "tempura philly" (soon to be known as a soundboy roll); a maki roll with salmon and cream cheese that is battered and flash fried in peanut oil. If you don't see it on the menu, ask for it - you will thank me.
Ru sans is the best affordable sushi I have had thus far, including some trendier hipper spots in LA and Miami. Don't get me wrong, I was as shocked as anyone else to find great sushi in Charlotte, regardless of the price. They are centrally located on the upper end of Park Road so afterward you can slide over to SouthEnd or Dilworth for drinks or maybe catch the train uptown. In any case Ru Sans gets a total thumbs up from me and I would recommend it to anyone. Just remember that it is small, so get there early. The service could probably be better, but "this ain't the Ritz" so to speak.