Now, if you want the longer version …
Friday Tuna is the new sushi restaurant in Jackson, located in the old Copeland’s restaurant building on Ridgewood, just south of County Line. Brought to you by the same folks who own local sushi hotspot Nagoya, Friday Tuna offers a more “upscale night out” dining experience – but when it comes to the food itself, there’s a lot of overlap on the Friday Tuna and Nagoya menus.
Of course, if you love Nagoya (and I do), that’s not really a problem.
Friday Tuna does have a few items unique to their locale – most notably, oysters, served grilled or raw on the half-shell. Of course, they just opened a few weeks ago, and may add more ‘signature’ items to their menu. But for now, expect to find a snazzy new dining spot with a well-decorated, metropolitan atmosphere, serving up traditional Nagoya favorites.
Appropriately enough, we ventured out to Friday Tuna on a Friday night, and it was pretty busy. Our table consisted of three sushi/Asian-cuisine addicts, so we attacked the menu with gusto, ordering several appetizers, as well as rolls, a pasta dish, and even dessert.
The appetizers were the standouts. We ordered several: the seared tuna tataki was delicious, the baked salmon with scallops AND the shrimp skewers went quickly, and my friend who ordered the unagi (eel dish) commented that it was “really good, and fresher here than in most places.”
I tried to order a roll that wasn’t on the Nagoya lineup, so I ordered the Four Fantasy roll (crunchy mix, avocado, crabstick, seared fish on top). Then our waitress told me that at Nagoya, it’s called something else – Four Seasons, maybe? – but it’s the same popular roll. Oh, well! Still enjoyed it!
One of my dining companions ordered the noodle dinner … which really is just called “Noodle” on the menu. (Seriously.) You get to choose your meat – shrimp, beef, or chicken. The dish was a surprise, since we weren’t even sure if it would be Udon-style noodle soup, or a plated pasta dish. It’s pasta, not soup, and seems like the yummy descendent of Italian-style pasta meets Asian-style pasta. Buttery, garlicky, savory blend of noodles, veggies, and seasonings; probably addictive. Generous portion, too.
On the whole, the only dish we didn’t dig was dessert – and that had more to do with presentation than taste. We got two orders of fried ice cream: one mango, one black sesame. The tempura-coated ice cream was pretty tasty, but came out in a goblet lined with a lettuce leaf, which seemed odd. Um. Lettuce and ice cream? We told our server that fruit or mint or something might go better and she cheerily told us she’d be happy to take that suggestion to the chef. All in all, a tasty and friendly dinner experience.
FOOD: Fresh seafood and sushi offerings – and don’t pass up on the appetizers! The oysters and apps (and “Noodle” dish) is where Friday Tuna differentiates itself from its sister Nagoya.
SERVICE: Friendly wait staff. Service, especially bar service, was a little slow – but they’re new. Give ‘em time.
ATMOSPHERE: Nice big space, well-decorated, great for date night. We didn’t sit at the bar, but it had a really sleek, cosmopolitan look – bet it’s great for some sake sipping! One thing to note: there’s hibachi, too, and that can get a little loud, so if you’re hoping for intimate conversation, ask to be seated on the sushi side, far away from the hibachi action.
6390 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211