Monday, April 18, 2016

Bishoku - Sandy Springs Atlanta Georgia

You can find Bishoku at 5920 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 in the shopping center between Clifton and Hammond, sort of on the backbone of Whole Foods. Nearby is the excellent Egg Harbour Cafe and Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe and down a level towards the back is one of the few remaining Lefont Theaters.

I visited Bishoku with my friend Steven F who asked me about the restaurant - seems he had a conversation regarding the chef (who was looking at fish in a large seafood market) and was curious about the quality of the restaurant - of course my response was "Let's find out!" so we planned for a lunch outing.

This shopping center is quite busy during lunch but there still seemed to be plenty of parking - it is a bit odd in that it's divided down the center and there are two lanes going down each row that loop around in the back. There are also speed bumps that you don't typically see in a parking lot, but I believe they are more for pedestrian access than anything else - still a bit odd.

Bishoku can be found on the southern end of the rows of buildings that line the three sides of the "U" shaped center - the marquee features "BISHOKU" in tall letters that is hard to miss. The interior is very old-school and reminds me of some of the more traditional restaurants I visited while in Japan. We sat at the bar and looked over the menu - mostly sushi options and since I had no expectations I choose a bento box, as this usually provides the most variety and in general lunch bento boxes are a good deal.

I selected the Bishoku Bento Box which included assorted sashimi and tempura - it also included soup, salad, rice and dessert at $16.95. Steve selected a Lunch Deluxe Combination (pick two items, comes with soup, salad, rice and dessert) with Grilled Salmon and a Spicy Tuna Roll at $13.95.

I thought the salad quite good with a mix of spring greens - better than the usual mix you find in sushi or hibachi restaurants - the ginger dressing, more of a puree with light salad oil, was very rich with flavor, if a bit heavy handed. The miso shiru was good and freshly made.  My bento seemed a bit light on the sashimi, however the quality was exceptional. I also liked the tempura quite a bit. Steven was quite satisfied with is combo and mentioned that he would be bringing his wife here.

In all, a decent lunch with very good service (which you usually expect when sitting at a sushi bar). The chef didn't have much to say to us and pretty much ignored us - oh well, I guess we aren't regulars and it was a rather sleepy weekday.

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
Bishoku Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

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