Tips for Trying Sushi for the First Time and Experiencing New Things at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte

March 20, 2014 46 Comments »

DaddyB and I were invited to check out The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in the SouthPark area of Charlotte, NC last weekend. Yes, you heard right, we had a date night. Though in the past there have been years between our dates out of the house now that we have an amazing babysitter and the girls are older we really enjoy a great night out.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Restaurant Review MommyB

This was a very interesting visit for us as DaddyB has never tried sushi, ever, and I am allergic to shellfish so have to be selective about what I can and cannot eat. We were excited for the challenge and fully embraced it and had confidence that a restaurant loved by so many in the area would not disappoint.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte Review MommyB

When we first walked into The Cowfish we noticed the fun atmosphere immediately as familiar music from our young adulthood played, and conversation filled the room. Once we were sat at our table we were able to soak in the eclectic hints of decor in the room. I personally loved the giant sized bento box:

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte MommyB

Be forewarned, the menu at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is HUGE, both literally and in content of menu items. If you’re someone who takes a long time to order you may want to check out their menu ahead of time online. Our waiter Brandon however, really knew the menu and was able to tell us quickly about items and was amazing at answering all of our many questions about ingredient dishes, and his recommendations.

We shared delicious truffle fries {a must order}, but when it came to our entrees we decided to try a little bit of both worlds that The Cowfish offers. As I mentioned DaddyB has never tried sushi at all so he got the famous Fusion Specialty Bento Box that includes sushi, a mini burger, and awesome sides including my favorite thai cucumbers. I decided to go with a diner favorite The Deliverance Roll – Southern Style Bar-B-Q-shi, which included delicious bbq pulled pork, a really cool potato wrap and was topped with bacon coleslaw.

The Cowfish Restaurant Charlotte MommyB

If you’ve never eaten sushi, here are a few tips for trying sushi for the first time:

1. Start with a “beginner roll”. Consider starting with a roll that doesn’t include raw fish like the California Roll {Daddy B started his meal with an intermediate roll and liked it, but wasn’t ready for the texture.}

2. Choose a roll that offers a tempura {light batter} or a flavorful drizzle to enhance the flavor of the roll.

3. Consider a fusion restaurant like The Cowfish, that offers familiar ingredients alongside new ingredients. This will give more confidence in experiencing new foods.

Speaking of experiencing new foods, this truly was our night for doing just that! Not only did DaddyB try sushi for the first time, but we were also able to sample some of the unique ingredients that The Cowfish has to offer. Check this out, we had flavor infused Masago {fish eggs}, with wasabi, citrus, soy, and sriracha. {My favorite was the citrus flavor.} We also got a “sneak peek” at the newest wasabi-infused micro greens. I must say this was one of the coolest things I’ve eaten in a while. They taste like micro greens at first but then as you chew a burst of the wasabi flavor comes out. I’d love to see this paired with a dish.

New Foods at The Cowfish Charlotte MommyB

Our experience at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar was filled with fun, new experiences, unique and tasty food. If I had to change anything about our night out I would have loved my food to be a little hotter {I like my food on the warmer side of the spectrum (ask DaddyB, he thinks I’m funny)}. Other than that, seriously the ambiance, outstanding service, and price of our date night were just as sweet as our yummy fortune cookie-crusted dessert.

Thanks The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar Charlotte MommyB

Have you ever had fusion sushi before??? What are your favorite sushi dishes?

This is not a compensated post, we received a complimentary meal in order to give our honest thoughts on the restaurant, services, and food offerings. These are our opinions based on the above experience, however your experiences may vary.

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  1. Robin Ruehrwein March 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM - Reply

    I don’t like seafood at all (can you imagine a New Englander NOT liking seafood???), but I have many friends who LOVE sushi!

    • Jennifer Bullock {MommyBKnowsBest} March 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM - Reply

      Robin, I’m similar. I’m not a huge seafood lover I think the shellfish allergy has a part to do with that. Luckily this restaurant has some great non-fish items, and a cool kids menu too. Hope you don’t get beat up too much up North 😉

  2. Isabella Grey March 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    I freaking LOVE sushi. My Crohn’s doesn’t like it so much, but it’s one of those foods that I will deal with the issue later for!

  3. Melissa March 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM - Reply

    Great tips! I have had sushi once and have wanted to try it again. My husband is also allergic to shellfish so he’s afraid to get near it!

  4. Terin Garrett March 20, 2014 at 1:17 PM - Reply

    I’m not a big sushi fan, but my hubby loves it! I think maybe I just haven’t had the right sushi! lol

  5. Chelsea March 20, 2014 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    This place sounds really great! My BF & I LOVE sushi. We eat it at least once every two weeks, if not more often.

  6. Shell March 20, 2014 at 2:13 PM - Reply

    I’ve only had a little bit of sushi before. I do love The Cowfish, though! They have an amazing Greek Burger that I cannot pass up whenever I have a chance to eat there, along with the truffle fries.

  7. brett March 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM - Reply

    i’m awful about trying new foods. like really bad. my kids are a lot better than me about doing it!

  8. Carissa March 20, 2014 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    I really really like my sushi with NO SUSHI in it! I’m all over ‘crunchy’ california rolls, if you ask for crunchy then they direct you to tempura type rolls where most of the fish is cooked at least a little bit!! 🙂

    I ate at Cowfish once so far… for lunch (best time to go cuz it’s CROWDED!). And I tried both a ‘crunchy’ roll and burger sliders to I could taste both their burgers and sushi!! YUMMMMM! 🙂

  9. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? March 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM - Reply

    This looks amazing. I can only do the cooked stuff too and I love it!

  10. Karen March 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM - Reply

    I’ve had fusion sushi a few times and I love it! Once I had a quesadilla type dish made with sushi and it was so good!

  11. Janel C. March 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM - Reply

    It sounds like you had a great time! The food looks amazing and I really liked the decor of the Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Amy Desrosiers March 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM - Reply

    Wow, this place looks great and the food is very colorful! I have to admit though, Ive never tried sushi!

  13. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama March 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM - Reply

    I am a sushi FREAK. I love it all, save the spicy stuff. I can’t take the heat!

  14. Virginia @thatbaldchick March 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM - Reply

    I have never tried sushi. I do enjoy a good seaweed salad, though.

  15. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) March 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    I don’t know if I could choke down sushi! LOL. I don’t like that kind of stuff! But great tips for those that do 🙂

  16. Rosey March 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM - Reply

    It does sound fun. I love the name!

  17. April @ My Real Food Family March 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM - Reply

    I’ve never tried sushi but this looks like an amazing place. All of the food looks delicious!

  18. Jenni March 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    Oh wow! It sounds like the The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar really has a little bit of everything. Thanks for the sushi tips!

  19. Jaime March 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    I’ve never tried fusion sushi before. I’m going to be in Charlotte next month and may have to check this out!

    • MommyB March 20, 2014 at 11:35 PM - Reply

      Fun!!! Hopefully for a good reason?

  20. Debbie L March 20, 2014 at 10:39 PM - Reply

    My hubby loves sushi – I can not get myself to try it! Maybe some day! He tells me it is delicious!

  21. Janeane Davis March 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM - Reply

    These are good tips for those who want to try sushi and are afraid to go for it.

  22. Lisa March 20, 2014 at 11:24 PM - Reply

    I’ve never tried sushi and don’t plan too. However, these are wonderful tips for those that are wanting too!

  23. Jenny March 21, 2014 at 6:58 AM - Reply

    I’ve had sushi once. Veggie sushi. I was not a fan and it will never happen again. My mom likes it though.

  24. Tracey March 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM - Reply

    I love sushi. I am beyond addicted.

  25. Toni March 21, 2014 at 9:12 AM - Reply

    I have heard great things about this restaurant. We don’t have one here but the next time I visit somewhere that does I am totally going!

  26. Christina S March 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    I’ve actually never tried sushi. My husband loves it, but he also likes seafood. I only like lobster and shrimp.

  27. Krystal March 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM - Reply

    I’m not a huge sushi fan, but I do like the rolls where the shrimp is cooked! Those are yummy.

  28. Dina March 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM - Reply

    I love sushi! The pics you took are making me so hungry. I’d love to visit this restaurant.

  29. Krissy March 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    I LOVE seafood, but I have yet to brave sushi. My daughter’s are braver and they do eat it on occasion.. I have to admit, that restaurant makes it looks delicious!

  30. Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) March 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM - Reply

    It all looks fantastic! I love Eez in Birkdale, so I’m sure I’d love this too! I think they should host a Charlotte Blogger meet up 😉

  31. Desiree Morris March 21, 2014 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    I *love love love* sushi! My favorite is the California Roll. I wish I lived nearby to check this place out.

  32. Catherine L. March 22, 2014 at 4:17 AM - Reply

    I love seafood, but sushi not so much. My good friend would love the Cowfish though!

  33. Kenda Smith March 22, 2014 at 7:16 AM - Reply

    I could eat sushi every day for the rest of my life. Especially the tempura sushi with the spicy mayo. This place looks fantastic.

  34. Felicia March 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM - Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious. I have never tried sushi, but I have so many friends that love it.

  35. Melinda Babiak March 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM - Reply

    I’m a texture person and the 1st time I had sushi I couldn’t get over the softness. It might have been that particular kind of fish but it’s hard to give it a 2nd chance

  36. Stefani March 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    I have only ate sushi once and I am not sure what to think about it. I enjoyed it while eating it but thought about it the next day and was like what was I thinking. I think I would try it again though, you only live once!

  37. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest March 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM - Reply

    My husband has always LOVED sushi and I hated it. However, one time he got one that looked really really good and I tried it and have loved it ever since 🙂

  38. Nichole March 24, 2014 at 12:40 AM - Reply

    I’m not a big sushi fan, but my husband likes it. We’re making an airport run to CLT tomorrow; I think we’re going to try Cowfish for lunch!

    • MommyB March 24, 2014 at 12:57 AM - Reply

      Awesome!!! If I could join you I would. Stop back and let me know what you think if you do go.

  39. becka March 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    Interesting looking place. I have never tried sushi but those dishes look awesome enough to give it a test. 🙂 THANKS

  40. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy March 25, 2014 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    Those fries look yummy! They are on our list of places to check out.

    • MommyB March 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM - Reply

      You’ll have to let me know it you go!

  41. Janet W. April 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM - Reply

    No, I’ve never had fusion sushi before! Looks like y’all had a wonderful time out together. What a unique place!

  42. Kate K April 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM - Reply

    Great tips! I love “cooked” sushi… I just can’t get over my aversion to raw fish! These look really good. The Deliverance Roll (Southern Style Bar-B-Q-shi) sounds delicious!

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