Apr 3, 2024 - Food and Drink

Checking out CityWay's new sushi spot

Sushi Den Indianapolis

Dreaming of veggie tempura. Photo: Justin L. Mack/Axios

Sushi Den, a Japanese restaurant that opened last week, is the latest addition to CityWay, featuring a menu that offers a lot more than just sushi — assuming the full menu is available.

The vibe: Surprisingly upscale. The dining room is larger than the storefront suggests, and wraparound windows make you feel connected to what's going on in the city as you eat.

What we ordered: My wife and I tried the chicken karaage ($8), vegetable tempura ($9), a steak and chicken hibachi combo ($25) and their primary dinner bento box ($21). The bento and hibachi entrees came with miso soup and salad.

Yes, but: The list of what we tried to order is almost as long. Staff said unexpected shipping delays made listed menu items like vegetable gyoza, Japanese soda and mojitos unavailable.

What to try: The dinner bento included chicken katsu that is up there with some of the best I've had in the city. But the vegetable tempura stole the show with light, crispy breading that was low on grease and big on flavor.

  • Sushi lovers will also be well taken care of. The eel and avocado rolls were generously portioned and didn't skimp on the ingredients.
  • In fact, all the portions were Midwest-sized. Don't worry about going home hungry.

What to skip: Everything else ranged from good to just fine. I'll order the chicken karaage again, but the hibachi combo, steamed shumai and chicken teriyaki didn't leave a strong impression.

  • For the sauce lovers, a quick warning that Sushi Den goes light. Both in flavor and consistency, we were looking for a bit more punch across the board.

If you go: Sushi Den, 233 S. Delaware St., is open 11am-10pm Monday through Thursday; 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday; and noon-9:30pm Sunday.

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