Sushi Garden rolls into Charleston’s Capitol Market

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Scanning the cooler at Sushi Garden, Capitol Market’s newest tenant, you’ll find a variety of hand-rolled seafood — from tuna to salmon, shrimp to tilapia — even eel and mini octopus.

Located between The Purple Onion and The Wine & Cheese Shop, the aptly named Sushi Garden offers “sushi prepared fresh daily.” The business opened Nov. 5.

“Opening weekend was fine,” said owner Myat “Mike” Oo. “We had a long line I was surprised.”

Sushi Garden joins at least eight area restaurants or groceries stores that offer sushi — but for the Capitol Market, this venture has been a long time coming.

Executive Director Tammy Borstnar said that a sushi concept has been on the market’s “wish list” for about 15 years.

“We were looking for the right type of business entrepreneur that was willing to come in to an environment such as ours,” she said.

“Sushi Garden is a perfect fit to our indoor merchant mix, and we are proud to have such a passionate business owner in Myat Oo. We’re pretty excited, and customers are elated to have sushi here in Capitol Market.”

At Sushi Garden, shoppers can order off the menu, pick from a selection of freshly made, packaged meals or create their own combinations.

“I can do it all, whatever they want,” Oo said.

One of the most popular sellers over the last few days has been the West Virginia roll, made with gluten-free imitation crab, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, salmon, tuna, tempura batter and fish eggs.

“It’s my favorite,” Oo said.

The Sushi Garden roll, composed of gluten free imitation crab, cream cheese, avocado, diced shrimp and imitation crab salad, spicy sauce, sweet sauce, mayonnaise; and House roll, with imitation crab, cucumber and avocado topped with spicy sauce, sweet sauce, and crunchy onion; have also been quite popular with the hungry lunch crowds.

Modern day sushi is often associated with Japan, but some historical references link to its true origin in Southeast Asia and parts of China — where Oo is from. Oo learned to make sushi as a teenager working in the Bama region of China. He’s perfected his craft while working in sushi sections of grocery stores and restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Florida and West Virginia over the last 20 years.

“Now I finally have my own,” Oo said.

For more information on Sushi Garden, call 681-265-9374 or email sushigarden11@gmail.com. A menu can be found online at http://www.capitolmarket.net/merchants/sushi-garden. Vegetarian options are also available. Prices range from $6.99 spicy wraps to $61.99 for a Sushi Garden Special Platter Three (made up of 56 pieces).

Reach Dawn Nolan at dawn.nolan@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1230 or follow @DawnNolanWV on Twitter.

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