Friday Tuna: Jackson's Newest Japanese Dining Experience

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Friday Tuna

Here’s the short version of this review: if you love Nagoya, you’ll love Friday Tuna.

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.

Seared Tuna Tataki

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.”

Four Fantasy Roll

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.

Tempura Fried Ice Cream… with Lettuce?!?

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.

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Friday Tuna
6390 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 345-8089

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43 Responses to Friday Tuna

  1. Kate October 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this place!!

  2. JxnFoodie October 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Another suggestion is that they dim the lights a little in the sushi area. Most upscale sushi restaurants that I’ve been to (in other cities) seem to feel more intimate. This place has potential, but it wasn’t at all what I was hoping it would be. I was expecting more ambiance.

  3. Dan October 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Have been there a couple of times, and have enjoyed the sushi as well as the food cooked on the hibachi grill. The owners did a nice job with the renovation to provide a more upscale environment.

  4. Star October 18, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Tried it when it first open and it wasn’t what I was hoping but most places are like that when its the opening can’t wait to try it again! I absolutely love Nagoya so i’m sure the next time will be a better experience.

  5. Ellen V. Yeates October 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    I need to take my son here. He LOVES Sushi!

  6. Christina October 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    The Four Fantasy roll sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Katherine October 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Charlie October 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    i’ve only had the hibachi, but it was really good. need to try the sushi at some point here.

  9. Lauren riviere October 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    The sushi is very good- on my next trip I am going to have to give the oysters a try…. The char grilled oysters smelled wonderful…(dragos in New Orleans wonderful)… They said that their oysters are brought in daily from New Orleans!

  10. K Butler October 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I noticed Friday Tuna when it first opened, but hubby is not a fan of Asian cuisine so haven’t tried it yet. Sounds right up my alley. I’ll have to get my son to take me soon!

  11. Anita Campbell October 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Going to have to grab my sushi friends (or fiends?) and try this place out!!

  12. JB October 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Very excited 2 try another sushi restaurant. I love sushi!!!

  13. Nyssa October 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I got a gift card from dealchicken for here. I can’t wait to try it.

  14. Rinna October 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Sounds delish…can’t wait to try it out. We love Nagoya!

  15. Laura Burt October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    ooo! I am going to have to try this place out. Can’t wait!

  16. Megan October 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Laura October 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Amanda Adams October 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    I’m looking forward to trying it.

  19. TSR October 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Never enough places to eat sushi

  20. Evana October 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    The hibachi was great!!! I can’t wait to try the sushi though!

  21. james bowley October 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    this place has been making my mouth water for a couple weeks now and i’ve just been out of town or too busy to get there! can’t wait to explore!

  22. Gillian October 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Cant wait to try this place! Love a good sushi night.

  23. Jamie Russell October 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    The hibachi chefs are really funny! The food is really good as well!

  24. Samantha Flynn October 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Great to see a “used” building being utilized in the city of Jackson. Can’t wait to try it!

  25. Marquita October 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this place!

  26. Dustin October 20, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Looks interesting. Can’t wait to try them out.

  27. Kim Cummins October 22, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Can’t wait to get over there to check it out!!

  28. Amanda October 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    The bulldog roll and the sushi box lunches are Amazing. The bulldog isn’t on the menu, but I call it an everything but the kitchen sink kinda dish and it’s fabulous.

    • Megan November 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Bulldog roll is a special! Be sure to check to the board upon walking in; they have lots of interesting drink specials, too! 🙂

  29. Ashten October 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this place!

  30. Dbody October 24, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    glad there is another “upscale” sushi place in jackson there are some places that just dont compare to “TUNA”

  31. Tammy October 26, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    Can’t wait to try it!

  32. Simonne October 26, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    This place was really good their sushi was great!

  33. Kevin October 26, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I can’t wait to give them a try!

  34. Cristie October 26, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    We went a week ago and I wasn’t too impressed. The sushi was good, but the fresh oysters weren’t so fresh. I guess I was expecting there to be a little difference from Nagoya, but this just seems to be another Nagoya with a different name.

  35. Linda October 26, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Looking forward to it!

  36. Tracey October 26, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I have enjoyed my visit each time I went. Great food and friendly people.

  37. Anna October 26, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I love Nagoya – I’m sure this place is great!

  38. Ashten Chatham October 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this place! Love sushi! 🙂

  39. CHEF MBC October 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    hearing good things will be there soon Chef

  40. mary_lizzie October 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    want to try it!

  41. Ali B October 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Can’t wait for the one in Memphis to open!


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