I was pleased to discover a new, terrific sushi joint in south Minneapolis the other night: Bagu Sushi. Owned by the folks who brought Minneapolis residents Koyi Sushi, Bagu is a similarly priced hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant on Chicago Avenue and 47th in south Minneapolis. On a recent visit, not only did I have terrific food (both cooked and raw), but the service was great, too.
Bagu Sushi is a tiny restaurant – similar in size to Midori’s Floating World Café, another great south Minneapolis sushi haunt. But the tiny, intimate space is nicely decorated (unlike Midori’s), and has a charming neighborhood feel. I was a little surprised at how few patrons were dining at Bagu at 7pm on a Saturday night, so if you like sushi and (especially) if you live in south Minneapolis, head over to Bagu Sushi and support them.
As you would expect at a smaller sushi joint, the Bagu Sushi menu is fairly rudimentary – though it does include Escolar (super white tuna), which is one of my favorites and isn’t on every sushi menu in the Twin Cities. However, as a sushi purist, the minimal menu at Bagu didn’t bother me. Plus, on a Saturday night, any bottle of wine on the Bagu Sushi menu was only $15.00. Where else in the Twin Cities could you find that kind of deal on a Saturday? And they run the same fabulous special on Thursdays and Fridays.
As far as the food goes, Bagu Sushi could do no wrong. The fish was incredibly fresh; the Hamachi (yellow tail) and Escolar were buttery, the salmon and big eye tuna were delicate, and the eel roll was crispy and warm (and so good that we ordered a second). Plus, we started the meal with two perfectly seared, perfectly textured, delicious crab cakes, which were also on special for the evening. My new discovery: crab cakes beat edamame as a sushi appetizer any day of the week.
And though I’m not generally a fan of desserts, we ended the meal with a tempura-fried banana in chocolate sauce. I have decided that tempura-fried banana is the second best dessert ever, after Bananas Foster. Rarely can I commend a restaurant (particularly a sushi restaurant) for its desserts because I am so often underwhelmed by them. But Bagu Sushi scored big points with me on the dessert front, too.
So, if you have a hankering for some sushi, I strongly suggest dining at Bagu Sushi restaurant in south Minneapolis. Great prices, great service, and great food – what more could you ask for? What’s that? Fifteen-dollar bottles of wine on Saturday nights? Well, Bagu Sushi has those, too.
4741 Chicago Ave. S.