Everything You Need to Know About O-Ku Sushi
If you're searching for sushi in Charlotte, O-Ku is one of my favorite spots! First things first, they're open on Sunday and Monday, unlike many of their sushi peers. I don't know about you, but for some reason, I'm always craving sushi after a weekend of not-so-healthy eating—it tastes light and refreshing, even when it's not.
With locations in Charlotte, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Charleston, chances are if you're on the east coast, you're never too far from an opportunity to feast on an artfully plated meal from this family of traditional Japanese sushi restaurants.
Nestled in Atherton Mill in Charlotte's South End neighborhood, O-Ku is a great date night spot. The lighting is dim, there's always a rotating list of seasonal cocktails, and the sushi never disappoints.
To start, order an appetizer of Spiced Chili Edamame. If you're like me, you'll want to ditch the chopsticks and just dig in. By the end of the bowl, your fingers will be covered in the sticky, sweet, hot chili spice that covers each soybean pod.
Pair the sweet heat from the appetizer with one of their specialty cocktails, a bright pink Lychee Martini. The well-balanced cocktail is made with vodka, lychee juice, lime, cranberry and simple syrup, creating a concoction that's just the right amount of tart.
When you're ready for the main course, order sushi. Yes, they serve a smattering of hot entrees and a dozen small plates that you could make a meal out of, but you won't regret ordering their rolled sushi, I promise.
Since I'm a lover of all things fiery and flavorful, I recommend the Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll (spicy tuna, cucumber, and crunchy pieces, drizzled with eel sauce). To sample more of their fresh fish and add a pop of color to the table, order a Rainbow Roll (snow crab, cucumber, and avocado, topped with masago, shiso dust, and wrapped beautifully in a combo of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and more avocado).