From the sizzling hibachi grill to sushi rolls and poke bowls, Japanese cuisine in Asheville is offered in a variety of ways. Enjoy many traditional options like miso soup, simmering rice dishes, pickled vegetables, fresh fish served tempura-style or raw as sashimi or in sushi.
Or go for more fast-casual options like Poke. What is Poke? Poke in Asheville is a fusion offering all the characteristics of sushi, served in a bowl or burrito. Components include cubed raw fish with rice, vegetables and a variation of toppings like avocado, mushrooms, pickled veggies, cilantro, crispy onions, pineapple and more. Sauces include sriracha, ponzu, and teriyaki. It’s a fun and fully customizable contemporary dish, using healthy ingredients and characteristics of Japanese cuisine.
So, whether you’re gathering around the grill at a hibachi steakhouse, have a hankering for sushi take-out, or want a colorful poke bowl, below you’ll find our top picks for Japanese restaurants in Asheville.