Arts & Entertainment: Enjoy freedom of choice at Flying Fish Sushi Bar & Grill

// New Auburn location offers big selection at reasonable prices

Since 2005, Flying Fish Sushi Bar & Grill at 2723 N. Pearl St. in Tacoma has enjoyed much popularity among area sushi lovers as a go-to place to enjoy this delicious dish and a wide variety of Asian fusion delicacies of Korea, China and Japan. Offering a unique environment where families and friends can enjoy different types of Asian cuisines while dining together, Flying Fish not only serves a brisk clientele of returning customers; it consistently makes new fans of diners trying out the place for the first time. In fact, Flying Fish won Best Sushi restaurant in Tacoma Weekly’s 2012 Readers Poll.

Now, there’s a new Flying Fish location that opened this past April in Auburn at 3312 Auburn Way S., just up from the Muckleshoot Casino. Featuring a menu bursting with the mouth-watering cuisine of Korea and Japan prepared with care and skill, this new location offers the same high-quality freshness served up in big portions at reasonable prices that have made the Tacoma location such a favorite.

“Our specialty is we have a lot of choice,” says owner Uisup Lee about the new Auburn location, and one look at the menu proves his point. The restaurant offers even more fusion styles than the Tacoma location and at a range of prices to suit any budget.

Among the big sellers on the menu is the 5-Roll Special ($49.95) featuring five different types of rolled sushi sliced in big portions and presented beautifully on a hefty-sized platter. It offers enough food to feed at least three people. The Deluxe 3-Roll Special ($39.95) is another bestseller, and two can easily share this dish and probably take home leftovers. One taste, and you’ll know you’re not at your everyday sushi place – you can actually taste the freshness, and it has a noticeably clean and crisp effect on the palate.

For those who want something different than sushi, there are Korean dishes such as beef, pork and chicken bulgoki ($11.95); hot pot soups and Ramen noodles ($7.95); fried dishes like chicken katsu ($8.95) and fried rice ($7.95-$9.95); sashimi quality grilled/baked salmon (a steal at $11.95); and donburi bowls with chicken, beef or pork over rice ($8.95).

The food served at Flying Fish not only tastes amazing it looks amazing too thanks to the artistic touch of master sushi chef Alex and kitchen chef Kim. “We try to surprise our customers so that when they see the dish they say, ‘wow,’” according to owner Lee. He said these types of special touches, along with fair prices and high quality, will bring people back to his second Flying Fish restaurant. “We will be the best in Auburn.”

Throughout September at Flying Fish in Auburn get 50 percent off any sushi roll (except special rolls and sushi) with their ad in next weeks Tacoma Weekly. For more information, and to inquire about birthday specials, call (253) 329-2144.

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