Downtown Memphis Sushi Option: South Main Sushi and Grill

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 16th 2015 3182 1

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 Matcha Green Tea

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.

South Main Sushi INterior

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.

South Main Sushi Tartare

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.

South Main Sushi 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.

South Main Sushi Boats

South Main Sushi had a grand opening party and they put their sushi in boats. Not sure if this is just for special occasions… Photo via South Main Sushi on Facebook

 

South Main Sushi Soft Shell Crab

Soft Shell Crab roll for the win.

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 Exterior - via their Facebook

South Main Sushi & Grill has a small patio. This photo is via their Facebook page.

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?

Go there:

South Main Sushi & Grill
520 South Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

(901) 249-2194

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Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Randy H. says:

    We live in the neighborhood and tried it on Trolley Night. The place was packed so service was a bit slow. Waitress told us they were a second location to a Hernando, MS restaurant?? Atmosphere was fun especially because of Trolley Night crowd.

    We got 2 sushi rolls (Crunchy shrimp and Spicy Crawfish) and fried rice. Both were tasty and while like you, this might not be my “go-to” sushi craving fix, being within a block walking distance means we will definitely be back.

    Only Con… I had wine and their full glass pour was about half other restaurants but still at the $7-9 per glass range.

  2. Lauren Phelps says:

    I’ve always wanted to have sushi on a boat!! I enjoyed lunch there a few weeks ago 🙂

  3. Matt Riddle says:

    Thanx 2ur blog suggestion I was wondering downtown for a hankering for something unique and popped in for lunch! Friendly staff, amazing lunh options, and it is very chill. Blues playing in the back while eating sushi is a new thing 2me, and I LOVED it! Thanx again and for always sharing ur adventures 😉 I recommend u on the reg! happiNeeYear gurl!

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