Nashville’s outpost of Charleston-based sushi restaurant O-Ku opens Friday, June 21, with a stellar sushi happy hour and omakase offerings for diners in Germantown.
Originally announced nearly two years ago, the opening of Germantown’s first sushi restaurant has been a long time coming. The Nashville O-Ku is the sixth location in eight years for the Indigo Road restaurant group, who also brought Oak Steakhouse to town in 2017.
Chef Eric Hill joins the team from the Charleston location, with over 11 years of experience in fine dining restaurants and luxury resorts. Hill became passionate about Japanese cuisine after a visit to Japan, and has spent much more time there over the last seven years, gaining menu inspiration. At O-Ku, Hill pays attention to sourcing, and showcases the fish from Hawaii, Norway, Scotland, and New Zealand, alongside local sustainable produce.
On the menu, some chef’s specialties incorporate nods to Nashville — like the tebasaki (Japanese fried chicken wings) with Belle Meade bourbon and gochujang bbq sauce. The O-Ku rock shrimp can be made Nashville hot style.
Plenty of makimono (rolls), nigiri, and sashimi options are on the menu — definitely something to note for Nashville sushi aficionados. A $100 per person omakase lets the chef decide, but so does the chef’s choice sashimi, priced at $30 or $60.
Warming things up, find robata options like a five-spiced duck breast and Spanish octopus. There are a handful of hot dishes like short ribs and Japanese mushroom risotto, plus table-side hot rock toban-yaki — where diners can watch their own A-5 Wagyu beef sizzle before their eyes.
A full bar with house cocktails and a decent assortment of sake rounds things out.
Also of note at O-Ku — a standout sushi happy hour on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Throughout the restaurant, diners all sushi rolls alongside drink specials.
Located at the corner of Van Buren and Adams streets (81 Van Buren), O-Ku’s interior is adorned with oversized , wooden wall treatments, then splashed with Japanese-inspired lavender banquettes and manzanita branches.
O-Ku Nashville will open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., then Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
See the full food, wine, cocktail, and dessert menus specific to the Nashville location below.
- O-Ku Nashville [Official Site]
- Germantown Will Get Its First Sushi Restaurant in 2018 [E NASH]