Imperial Koi – Greensboro, NC

Not having access to really fresh sushi and sashimi is a pain I deal with living inland. Nothing compares to sushi so fresh you can taste the sea it came from. So when a new sushi place opens up I get excited and hopeful that this may be the link to that freshness.

When you walk into Imperial Koi it feels clean and formal. The service is top notch, they are very attentive to you all night, not letting a glass go empty and making sure that “everything is wonderful”.

Lina and I went with a group of friends so I got to see alot of different dishes. The menu had a good selection of starters, entrees, and sushi. I started off with some nigori sake which came in a small glass with a stick of cucumber. For starters I got the seaweed salad which was a nice start to the meal, simple and clean.Lina got the Simple Salad which was mixed greens (not iceberg), wontons, and orange segments. The dressing was a ginger dressing. Very nice salad.

For my entree I needed to try the sushi so i ordered ala carte. Tuna, salmon, white tuna, sea urchin, and a spicy tuna roll.

The plate came out simple and clean. What I was looking for was freshness of the fish. All the sushi was quite good as a whole which is hard to find here. Between the tuna, salmon, and white tuna nothing stood out but were all great pieces of fish. The sea urchin was delicious, this is one of my favorites and this one was awesome. But the highlight of the night for me was the spicy tuna roll! I usually don’t order this roll but I wanted to see the execution. This roll had great texture, the spicy tuna mixture had a little kick and did not have too much mayo. This roll was outstanding.

My wife ordered sweet potato tempura roll, eel sushi, and shrimp and cucumber roll. Everything was good but the highlight was the sweet potato tempura roll, it was an interesting twist on a roll and the sweetness of the potato played nicely with the saltiness of the soy sauce.

And finally for desert we got the chocolate banana spring roll with vanilla ice cream. This was nice end to the meal as the portion was perfect and the flavors were well balanced.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for fresh sushi, great service, and an awesome spicy tuna roll!