Downtown Memphis Sushi Option: South Main Sushi and Grill
The heart of South Main now has a much-needed additional sushi and Asian cuisine option in the form of South Main Sushi and Grill, which opened a few weeks ago.
South Main Sushi & Grill is located in the former Grawemeyer’s location, across the street from Bluff City Coffee. I stopped by for a huge lunch with a friend a few days ago, and then I later went back for dinner. Here are my thoughts, plus photos from the lunch trip.
The interior isn’t incredibly different from Grawwmeyer’s, but there are some “Asian-inspired” touches, namely, kimonos and a couple of swords mounted on the walls.
We ordered green matcha tea and spicy tuna tartar to begin. South Main Sushi also has a full bar, including a two hot sake options and several cold sake options. I recommend the Sho Chiku Bai Nigori, which I had at dinner; it was served over ice in a neat-looking carafe.
This looks like the spicy tuna tartar is on top of tater tots, but it’s actually seasoned white rice that’s been fried in a little cake.
There are $10-$15 lunch specials, including grilled steak, chicken, or seafood that comes with fried rice, and also lunchboxes where you can sample a little bit of everything – I’ve normally seen them called Bento boxes. I have a feeling these might catch on with the downtown lunch crowd, and I’m looking forward to trying one. But we were in a sushi mood and ordered four rolls.
In terms of sushi roll selection, they’ve mostly stuck with the basics: California, crunchy or spicy shrimp or tuna, soft shelled crab, fried rolls and/or rolls with cream cheese in them. The taste and flavors were solid. It’s going to be hard for me to tear myself away from my go-to sushi spots when I suffer a serious craving, but if I’m in a pinch, this will be a great option.
When I went for dinner, I tried several appetizers, including the gyoza dumplings and soft shelled crab, as well as a couple nigiri – the octopus and roe. I recommend them all (tasty, fresh, and fun to order lots of small bites). In fact, it’s more likely I’ll head back to South Main Sushi & Grill for cold sake, apps, and nigiri than I will for the rolls.
South Main Sushi & Grill is open for lunch and dinner every day starting at 10:30 a.m. They close at 9:30 p.m. Sundays – Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
There were essentially no vegetarian options – I saw just one vegetarian sushi roll and I suppose you could make some substitutions, but check their Yelp for several photos of the menu until they get a website
If I go back and try to hibachi entrees or lunch specials, rest assured I’ll update this post and let y’all know on Instagram or Twitter. Have you been to South Main Sushi & Grill? What did you think?
South Main Sushi & Grill
520 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103