Cultures converge at Nagasaki Grill

2013-11-02T23:55:00Z Cultures converge at Nagasaki GrillBy Julie Blum / Columbus Telegram
November 02, 2013 11:55 pm  • 

COLUMBUS — Despite its name, Nagasaki Grill and Sushi isn’t all about Japanese fare.

There is food available to satisfy most tastes, whether that is for foreign cuisine or more traditional American food.

“We offer a lot of things here like steak, lobster, shrimp, filet mignon,” owner Tony Swanda said as he named off just a few items on the menu.

But, of course, a variety of sushi options also is offered at Nagasaki.

That mix of dishes is what Swanda hopes will be appealing to Columbus.

Swanda, originally from Indonesia, opened the restaurant with his business partner in August at 4704 Howard Blvd.

Prior to coming here, Swanda was living in Colorado when he began researching new opportunities to open a sushi restaurant. He wanted it to be in a community that lacked options for Japanese food. His research led him to Columbus.

“Columbus doesn’t have a variety of restaurants,” Swanda said. “We want to try something new here.”

In the few weeks his establishment has been open, there have been several customers who have come in and experienced Japanese cuisine for the first time.

“Some people come here and say they have never tried sushi,” Swanda said.

They offer a variety of sushi and sashimi options. Sashimi is thinly sliced raw fish and sushi is cooked rice rolled with fish, vegetables or other ingredients. Sushi can be either raw or cooked.

For those trying sushi for the first time, Swanda recommends a dish named after the city called the Columbus roll, which is stuffed with shrimp, tempura, avocado and other seafood.

Another good one for newcomers to try, Swanda said, is a yumi roll made from scallops and crab meat.

Even though the menu is full of more than 20 sushi and sashimi dishes, Swanda said the chef will make any kind requested by a customer if the ingredients are available. All are served with wasabi and chopsticks.

The restaurant, which is decorated with a bit of Japanese artwork, also offers a menu for children that includes items such as chicken strips and fried rice.

The business is open for lunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. It is closed on Monday.

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