Dining review: At City Market Sushi, quality ingredients are stars of the show

City Market Sushi in downtown Raleigh features a menu that enthusiastically explores the potential of an evolving contemporary Japanese cuisine while remaining respectful of its traditional roots By Greg Cox Originally published 6/22/2017 The presentation that sits on the table before you might well be a display in an art gallery – a mixed-media composition,…

Oiso

An enthusiastic ‘Irasshaimase!’ at Oiso in Cary By Greg Cox Review originally published 4/22/2016 “Irasshaimase!” The traditional Japanese greeting, offered by all employees whenever a customer enters a shop or restaurant, is an expression familiar to many longtime sushi bar patrons. But for some reason – a concession to Western social norms? the explosive growth…

Cheap Eats: A world tour of ethnic eats in the Triangle

By Greg Cox Originally published May 2015 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we embark on a world tour in search of kebabs, satés and other flame-grilled morsels. Asian Bistro 1318 S. Main St., Wake Forest 919-435-8880 asianbistronc.com Try: Thai chicken saté Bosphorus 329-A N. Harrison…

Yamazushi

 Review originally published 9/28/2012 By Greg Cox Three bite-size pieces of kabocha squash, the color of their flesh evocative of autumn leaves, rest on an emerald bed of snow peas. Indeed, leaf veins are deftly carved into the delicate green skins of the kabocha. A garnet sliver of pickled ginger adds vivid punctuation to the…

Lantern

Review originally published 4/19/2002 By Greg Cox To: Owners of Chinese restaurants in the Triangle From: Greg Cox, restaurant critic Please visit a new Chinese restaurant in Chapel Hill called Lantern at your earliest convenience. You’ll gain valuable insight into evolving American tastes and maybe get a few ideas for your own restaurant. And, while…