After hearing great reviews about Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar located in South Charlotte, I decided to try them out. Upon arrival a cheerful waitstaff escorted me to my reserved table. Dimly lit, with oversized pop culture screen prints on the walls, the lighting allows for intimacy with a contemporary edge. Although there is obvious mood lighting, Cowfish is considered to be a family restaurant by management. The intimate yet upbeat setting allows for people of all ages to enjoy the food.
The decor intrigued me as soon as I entered. As a lover of pop art and the works of Andy Warhol the large screen prints on the walls captured my attention. The prints give the restaurant a definite fun edge in the midst of a somewhat romantic dining climate. Cowfish is laced with novelty Asian items such as oversized sushi above the sushi bar.
My waitress began by reviewing the extensive menu pointing out the favorites and best sellers. She boasted that the Crab Ragoon was the best selling appetizer and that it was very delicious. Eager to understand the concept of a “sushi burger bar,” I asked how the merge was presented. She introduced me to “Burgushi.” Burgushi consists of burger items that are wrapped like traditional sushi with burger toppings. Bento boxes merge the two, including burger siders, a choice of sushi roll, Thai cucumbers, edamame, and fries. I selected the Cowfish Bento Box as I was told it was a great choice for Cowfish newbies because it gives a tour of everything, and if you are a sushi beginner the rolls featured are the best options . I was able to substitute the sushi rolls that come with the box (California, Spicy Tuna, Vegetarian, or Philly roll) for a Tempura Shrimp roll. The Fusion Specialty Bento Box does gives Tempura Shrimp as an option however. This combo meal is similar to the Cowfish Box, but it features the mini burger of the week and offers different sushi rolls.
I tried the french fries from my box first. Crispy, and cooked to perfection, I had to force myself to begin eating my burger slider and sushi roll! The Cowfish box consists of a wonderful set up of colors and flavors packed in a contemporary dining tray. The plating is really a work of art. The dish definitely gave my tastebuds a cohesive tour of an American and Asian epicurean journey. I was offered desserts but I was just too stuffed to partake. Cowfish offers milkshakes and assorted pastries such as Apple Wontons as dessert options.
The fun atmosphere is complimented by an interactive touch screen at the sushi bar that allows for sushi orders, games, and other activities such as creating your own cowfish to be displayed on the screen behind the bar. The touchscreen offers games such as connect four, card memory, rich tac toe, and doodling. Another interesting feature are the restrooms. There are speakers that translate phrases into Indonesian, “Southern,” and proper English. Cowfish is available for parties and large gatherings; they offer the option of picking up your party (up to 14 people) and transporting you to and from Cowfish. The base pay is $50 and $3 per mile, you can even bring your own music! To reserve the bus contact email@example.com.
Cowfish provides daily drink specials and party perks for their patrons enjoyment:
- Sunday $5 Bloody Marys/Mimosas, $2 Domestics/Sake Bombs
- Monday $5 Tall Boys (22 oz beer)
- Tuesday $5 10oz Exotic Martinis
- Wednesday 1/2 Price on all Bottles of Wine
- Thursday 1/2 Price on all Sake
In addition to being an excellent dining choice, Cowfish, during the holiday season, also hosts a version of Toys for Tots in which they stuff the Cowfish bus with donated toys. Participants may win prizes much as dinners and a ride on the bus.
Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
4310 Sharon Road Suite X05
Charlotte, NC 28211
Daily from 11am-4pm
Monday – Thursday from 4pm-11pm
Friday & Saturday from 4pm-12am
Sunday from 4pm-10pm