Located at 5910 Duraleigh Road in Raleigh, North Carolina, you may just hear the name of this place when you are asking about the freshest sushi available in the city! And it’s true – Waraji has some of the best and the freshest sushi available in the entire area, and it’s in a great location for both citizens and visitors alike – located close to the Crabtree Valley Mall where everyone wants to shop. They’re open for both lunch and dinner, so whenever you’ve got the craving they’re ready for you.
The chef, Chef Masa, is devoted to bringing the best and most authentic Japanese food to the Raleigh area, and is also equally dedicated to making your personal experience at Waraji a comfortable, relaxed, and intimate experience. And it’s true – the restaurant is cozy enough to bring your sweetheart to on a night out, but casual and simple enough to entertain friends. The place seems a little boring at first, compared to other restaurants, but you will soon come to appreciate this because this minimalist attitude is quite pleasing. As are the prices, which are very reasonable considering the great quality of food you are getting.
So, are you wondering just what you can enjoy on the menu? From the lunch menu, here is a little sampling of what you can expect to choose from: Choose something like Nabeyaki Udon for $10.75, which is Udon with shrimp tempure, vegetables and egg; or choose from the Donburi menu which is considered a typical Japanese lunch served over a big bowl of rice and comes with miso soup and salad. You could get the Pork Katsu-Don for $9.75, breaded and fried pork cutlet summered with egg and vegetables; or the variation of chicken. Or also on this Donburi menu a great choice would be something much more exotic and yet favorite to many Japanese people – Una-Tama-Don, grilled eel, egg, and vegetables for $9.75.
What about the dinner menu? Prepare for your senses to really be tantalized! For here, everything comes with miso soup, a house salad, and rice . . . everything from the Teriyaki (in a choice of chicken, $16.75; beef, $20.25; tuna $21.25; Salmon $19.25) to the Katsu (chicken, $17.50; pork $18) and even to the very delicious and authentic Sukiyaki for $21.25 (or get it for both you and your honey to share for $41.75). Really, there is so much great stuff to choose from on this dinner menu, that you may have to take a few extra minutes to choose!
What about the separate sushi and sashimi menu? On it, you can get a variety of fresh sushi served with the miso soup and a salad for $19.25, which includes seven pieces of the nigiri sushi with kappa maki. Or, roll your eyes on down to the sashimi section and four types of fish for $18.75, which comes with the miso soup, salad, and a bowl or rice if you ask for it. Or, is your honey with you tonight? You may want to opt for the delicious and romantic Sushi for Two option, $39.75, which includes fourteen pieces of nigiri sushi (seven varieties of fish in all), and two rolls.
I won’t be mad at you, though, if you choose only to buy from the appetizer menu, because I must say the selection from there is really superb and very reasonably-priced as well. Really, everything about this restaurant is done nicely, even the chairs that each have the Waraji name on them, to the variety of colors that pop out from the delicious foods. But yes, you also have the option of sitting in Japanese style on the floor, cross-legged, to truly experience the flavor of this place!
Come on in, and enjoy Japan for an evening!