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Nu-Sushi has been operating silently in the same dim spot on University Drive for going on 20 years now. In that tiny space that seats about 30, chef-owner Yuji Azuma turns out fresh sushi culled from local and international waters, as well as an extensive array of authentic Japanese dishes that you won't find in many other restaurants. Saying Nu-Sushi's menu is extensive is sort of like saying Tolstoy was a bit long-winded. There are a good four dozen items in Azuma's appetizer section alone - dishes such as thin-sliced octopus salad, deep-fried pork skewers with caramelized onion, and yamakake, tuna sashimi served with slivers of raw potato. Add to that a long list of bento boxes, donburi rice bowls, soba and udon soups, tempura, and katsu (Japan's answer to KFC), plus a whole other mini-menu of about, oh, 40 more authentic Japanese small plates, and you start to get a glimpse of just how varied a meal there can be.
What most people know about Japanese food they could cram into a chopstick case, which isn't to say it's their fault. For a cuisine so rooted in tradition, restaurants that claim to serve it have strayed pretty far from the source material. Blame... More »
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