Nov 20, 2023 - Food and Drink

The Goblin has Detroit's best sushi experience

I tried the Dragon Roll and the Phili roll, plus a eel bbq/avocado bowl not pictured. You're not going to find as solid presentation and as clean soy sauce

I shared the Dragon Roll ($14), the Philadelphia Roll ($7), plus a BBQ Eel Bowl ($11) not pictured. I appreciate how clean and aesthetical the soy sauce dispensers are. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios.

āœŒšŸ¼ Sam here. I posted this year that the city's sushi scene sucks, and while I'm not here to tell you I was wrong, I am here to admit I sent that before visiting The Goblin near Corktown!

  • It's the best you can find in Detroit ā€” the other dedicated options are far, far behind.
  • Maru and Bash have quality food, but can both be hit or miss depending on what you order.

State of play: The inside of the restaurant is a content creator's dream.

  • The bright furniture and decor (which are probably all just from IKEA) give a cute and clean, soft-around-the-edges vibe that would make Hello Kitty fans smile.
  • The Gen Z aura is helped by the fact the restaurant is always playing K-pop videos on the TV.

Quick take: I've tried The Goblin twice via DoorDash and once dining in ā€” the quality of the food was the same each time.

  • The ingredients are fresh and the sushi is constructed with care. It's not going to fall out when dipping it into the soy sauce and wasabi with chopsticks.
  • Plus, there are fun 21+ drinks, like Ferndale-based Tin Can Cocktails' strawberry and cran mule.

If you go: The Goblin is open 4-10pm Monday-Thursday and noon-10pm Friday-Sunday.

  • 2547 Bagley St.
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