Yes, you can get even more great sushi in Durham

All this talk of Sushi Love, the new sushi restuarant on Erwin, by our awesome commenters was a good enough reason to try it out. Judging from the pictures and writeup of Shiki Sushi, which is owned by the same brothers who own Sushi Love, it’s not wholly different, which is to say that central Durham now has a great sushi place.

Sushi Love has the same sleek aesthetic as Shiki and it looks like some of the menu items are identical (as is the two for one roll special – check out the Shiki post for details). The menu is pretty extensive, with about 15 complex rolls, plenty of sashimi and nigiri, and lots of entrees, including the requsite attempts at Thai curry, which, like Mt. Fuji, are underwhelming when compared to the sushi.

Between the five of us, we got six rolls, our favorites of which were the Acapulco roll (a tempura roll with jalapeño, cream cheese, and salmon) and the hurricane roll (spicy tuna, tempura flakes, avocado, and a dot of sriracha).

Thankfully the vocal part of our group was all for dessert, so we got red bean fried ice cream and something called “cheesecake xango” which is basically cheesecake filling, wrapped in a wonton and fried. The red bean ice cream was killer, and both came with a wrapped/fried banana. Good call. The service was great, and especially with the two for one special, everything was really affordable. Check them out!

Sushi Love (map)
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday: 11 am – 2.30 pm, 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday: 5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 5 pm – 10 pm

Published in: on July 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm  Comments (15)  


  1. And this is why I *heart* carpe durham. Thank you thank you thank you. Finally good sushi in central Durham! Yay! I can’t wait to try it out!

  2. sorry, but this is not sushi. Cream cheese and jalapeno rolls? sad.

  3. I didn’t get the nigiri, mostly because of the two for one deal. Can anybody comment on the non-fancy sushi at Sushi Love?

  4. Dbird, the fancy rolls have their place.

    If Shiki is any indication, the nigiri and sashimi will be very good.

  5. Looks like Erwin Terrace, not Erwin Square…?

  6. Mmmmm yes I agree that the fancy rolls have their place. Sushi is defined in the dictionary and wikipedia as vinegared sticky rice with raw seafood. Throw some cream cheese, spicy mayo and the like in there and you’re getting creative! Yum!

  7. I ate here tonight and it was delicious. The Blue Devil Roll was perfect, as was the Shrimp Tempura. You must get the fried ice cream ball – we had the green tea ice cream in it and it was wonderful.

    If you’re a Duke employee, take your badge for a 10% discount, even in addition to the buy one get one free deal they’re offering at night. Our waitress, Valerie (very nice) said they have a good lunch special right now – everything is $6.99.

    Sit at the sushi bar if you want so you can watch the chefs prepare the food. We watched them create a giant boat of delicious looking things. Next time I go back, I want that boat!

  8. I ate here the other night and I found it a little more pricey for the quantity then Shiki, but still LOVED it. I’m so thrilled to not have to drive all the way out there anymore! On the plus side, it was so much more of a soothing atmosphere. No blaring music and screaming kids. Shiki has gotten really really loud and crowded.

  9. Jeni: wait until the Duke undergrads come back in a couple of weeks…

  10. I ate here last night, and let’s just say I am very happy.

  11. […] blogged about Sushi Love twice at her place, here and here, and Carpe Durham blogged about it here. So naturally I had see what all the fuss was about. I went along with my 2 best sushi-eating pals. […]

  12. I’ve been there a number of times mainly because of their buy one get one free (of equal or lesser value) promotion. Otherwise I wouldn’t go because it would be a bit pricy and trendy for me. I like traditional Japanese sushi, not the popular in America, inside out, drizzled with sauce, packed with fried things and stuff that in general doesn’t belong in a sushi roll type of sushi. But that is just me

    **word of warning**

    The buy get one free promotion is misleading. The previous 5 or so time I went there, and got say two $11 rolls and two $6 nigri, I paid $17, i.e., one $11 and $6 order was free. They have sense reinterpreted the phrase “equal or lesser value” to mean just “lesser value”. That same order would now cost $22 because you only get the lesser value sushi free now. I attempted to explain the semantics of the phrase in an impromptu English lesson, but gave up. They also insist it has always been that way, which it hasn’t. Whatever.

  13. what a crock. the chef just copied there menu from the items that an new world cuisine. no originality and just unfortunate. needs to have their own creativity. asian progression? land and sea? i think its the same.

  14. […] I’d heard some great things about their sushi, so we went for the Angry Dragon roll (shrimp tempura, cucumber, eel, crunchy spicy tuna and 4 kinds of tobiko on top), which was right up there with Shiki and Sushi Love. […]

  15. […] place is not as flashy as Shiki and Sushi Love, but in my opinion that is a benefit.  The atmosphere is homey and comfortable, and the fish is […]

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