Sushi with a Dash of Sass: Dinner at West Midtown’s O-Ku


Hamachi carpaccio, spring rolls, signature nigiri — oh, my! Those were the words running through my mind when dish after fresh seafood dish started arriving at my table during a recent dinner at O-Ku. 

The resto, located in Atlanta’s hip West Midtown ‘hood, has been a go-to of mine since it opened a few years ago. (Bless sushi for generally being a more healthy food option!) And recently, I was invited in (so disclaimer, the meal was on the house) to try out the new menu, crafted by Jordan Smith, the new executive chef. 

Here are three reasons to see if this nosh spot “fit” is for you: 

  • Sushi with sass. Now, you can enjoy standards like miso soup or pieces of sashimi. But, what I adore about O-Ku is the creativity with some of the dishes like the Black Magic Roll — made with lobster, shrimp, and squid ink rice — or the signature nigiri — think pieces like the Kani Truffle, comprised of snow crab, a bit of truffle butter, and basil pesto.

  • Spot-on service. My boyfriend, Jamie, and I had a blast chatting with Jon Murray, the general manager, throughout the evening. Jon got his start at O-Ku’s Charleston location and clearly knows the drink and food menu like the back of his hand. And our server, Guillermo (please forgive me if I’ve misspelled your name!), was similarly well-versed in the menu and at the ready whenever we had a question. (I should add that I’ve also been to O-Ku on my own dime, and the service is consistently as good as what I received this evening.)

  • Shazamable tunes. Love the playlist here. I was hearing tune after tune I wanted to use in my cycling class at exhale (Monday's at 6:30 p.m.). Actually, I had Jamie Shazam two songs and ended up using one of them (a Diplo tune) in class this week!

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