I was meeting a friend at the restaurant and I arrived a few minutes early. I went to the bar and ordered a martini (made perfectly). They were slammed, but miraculously took my order in a minuscule amount of time (I would later learn that the company culture at RA Sushi is that of teamwork and being very, very attentive to their customers…color me very impressed!).
While waiting on my friend to arrive, I explored the restaurant.
|RA Sushi Dining Room|
Its open-air dining room somehow pulled off a quaint atmosphere. The noise level is moderate…conversation is easy while the activity around you is entertaining. And there were ample staff to tend to your every need and desire.
After returning from the upstairs balcony overlooking the main dining room, where I was mesmerized by the red orb pendants, I settled in at the comfortable sushi bar.
Emily, my server, was absolutely amazing. She made me comfortable until my friend arrived and then took very good care of us both. She checked on us regularly, without rushing us. She was attentive and anticipated our needs…impressive service.
|At the Sushi Bar|
I certainly did not grow up eating sushi and when I started, it was only 'cooked' sushi. But, over the years I've tried it all…even sea urchin, which I'd heard many times is an "acquired taste."
That particular sampling was in Washington, D.C., at their best sushi restaurant. I have to admit, I've not yet acquired the taste for sea urchin. But, there are many others that I absolutely love and at the top of that list is tuna.
|Dining Room Chandelier|
While I still enjoy a good calamari now and then, these days the focus of my search has transitioned to tuna, specifically tuna tartar and seared tuna.
At RA Sushi, I sampled (if you can call eating every single bite a "sampling") their seared tuna and a tuna roll. My friend had two other dishes and we tried each other's dishes. I wanted to keep ordering and eating, ordering and eating…it was so incredibly good!
While on the topic of wasabi, I've heard countless stories of other people's first sushi experience and how they mistook the wasabi on their plates for avocado, after which their sinus were totally clear, at least for a few moments. Do I find this funny? In a sort of America's Funniest Home Videos kind of way, yes (I'm a sucker for slapstick comedy). On the other hand, maybe there's a cure to seasonal allergies locked up in wasabi?
|Lucy of the Armorettes|
There was unique entertainment on the agenda for the evening. Although they started 30 minutes later than advertised, when they took to the "stage" (the middle of the dining room), the Armorettes, a legendary local drag show several decades strong, received a thunderous applause of welcome and throughout their performance.
|Gina and Friend|
There were several group outings in the restaurant that evening.
|Enjoying the "Mardi RA"|
The celebration went on long after I had to leave for another engagement, but the brief time I spent there was truly a celebration. The last time I had that much fun in a restaurant was years ago at a New Year's Eve dinner in Washington, D.C. where all the servers are also singers…but that's a story for another time.
Near RA Sushi
RA Sushi is only one block from the Margaret Mitchell House (ticketed tour) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (free tour), both of which offer tours. So a tour and a sushi lunch or an early dinner could make for a great way to spend an afternoon or early evening.
Also, literally only a few blocks away are the High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of Design Atlanta.
Will I be going back to RA Sushi? Actually, I'm quite surprised that I've not dined there every night this week…I'm very much looking forward to returning for more sushi experience, to get to know more of the staff, and will be keeping an eye out for their next festive celebration.
Dining at RA Sushi
Date Dined: Monday, March 8, 2011
Location: 1080 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 8 (directions and map)
Parking: Metered street parking or adjacent pay parking lots
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m., varies by service area
Menu: Lunch, Dinner, and Bar
|Red Orb Pendants|
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