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The Top 10 Durham Restaurants for Dashi Lovers

(The Triangle Trend) — A family of stocks used in Japanese cuisine, dashi forms the base for miso soup, clear broth soup, noodle broth soup, and many simmering liquids to accentuate the savory flavor known as umami. If you’re a Durham local who loves Japanese dishes beyond sushi alone, you’re going to want to take a look at this list.


121 N Gregson St, Durham, NC 27701

With generous portion sizes and a comfy atmosphere, Rose’s is a dashi essential. They only have limited seating, but the bright natural light allows the place to feel open and airy.  Its proximity to Duke’s east campus makes it an easily accessible spot for students.

M Sushi

311 Holland St, Durham, NC 27701

M Sushi is certainly one of the best sushi restaurants in the Triangle. You’ll be floored by the service, the presentation, the quality of fish, everything. They serve beautiful, special meals and you’ll really feel the warmth from the staff who treat their patrons with utmost care and attention.


810 9th St, Suite 126, Durham, NC 27705

ZenFish is all about their “do good, eat well” philosophy. They support local NC farmers, use responsibly harvested and sustainably caught fish, and use compostable packaging in their restaurants! Their staff is so sweet, and their poké is just as amazing as it looks.

Hayashi Japanese Restaurant

13200 Falls Of Neuse Rd, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC 27614

The sushi here is fresh, tasty, and well presented. Their prices are quite fair considering the quality of their cuisine. If you like rolls, they have daily specials during the week! Their specials are true specials—unique creations from the kitchen that take flavorful departures from their regular rolls.

Yamazushi Japanese Cuisine

4711 Hope Valley Rd, Suite 6-A, Durham, NC 27707

The ambiance of this restaurant and delicate attention to detail (and hand-crafted pottery!) really add to a wonderful meal. The owners take great care to ensure that you enjoy yourself, making your dining experience as a whole absolutely worth every penny. This is a fine-dining meal to be savored and enjoyed.

Shiki Sushi

207 W NC Hwy 54, Durham, NC 27713

Shiki Sushi is in a great location with awesome service and delicious food. They have a large menu with a variety of entrees, appetizers, and sushi, and everything is fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is always laid back. They usually have a buy one get one free deal on sushi with the purchase of a drink.

M Kokko

311 Holland St, Suite B, Durham, NC 27701

M Kokko is a hip space with a wonderfully casual vibe. The space is small, so you might want to order to-go, but should you choose to dine in you’re sure to be well-attended to. They have menus on the board and great service, not to mention their carefully crafted dishes that are sure to knock your socks off.

Noodle Boulevard

1718 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511

Immediately off of I-440, Noodle Boulevard is the perfect spot to drop in when the hunger hits you. Expect quick, friendly service and excellent noodles! Their bowls are savory with a hint of sweetness and creaminess that complements the ramen extremely well.

Kurama Japanese Seafood

3644 Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

Kurama Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse is a long-time gem of the Triangle, having been cooking delicious dishes for over 25 years! Their “traditional Japanese sushi chef, experienced teppanyaki chef, and friendly servers will make sure you have a wonderful time every time you visit.”

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

5910 Duraleigh Rd, Suite 147, Raleigh, NC 27612

Some of the highest quality sushi and Japanese cuisine in the Triangle, possibly the State. They have an amazing staff, a huge sake selection, and always serve nice thick cuts of sushi from top-quality fish. Some dishes are on the pricier side, but the quality is well worth the price.

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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