Nashville Eats: Samurai Sushi

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As I started my blog in September 2013 and only became vegan in May 2016, there are several non-vegan posts pre-vegan era.  As an example of how someone can change their path in life drastically, I have made the decision to leave the posts up even though I am ashamed of them.  I hope you will take this example and think on it.  Also, see my animal activism page or travel page on ideas for ethical animal tourism and vegan food around the world.  My inbox is always open should you have questions about changing your lifestyle to better serve animals, our planet, and your own health.

I love sushi.  There are times when I really could eat it every day.  There are also times I even crave it for breakfast.  Gross?  Maybe.  I don’t really care.  One of the things I’m most excited about visiting Japan for is sushi, but that’s another story all together.  Given that I love it so much, I of course have my favorite sushi spots.  In Nashville, my go-to is Samurai Sushi.

samurai sushi, nashville

Heaven on a Plate

Left to right:  Mr Daniel Roll -Tom & Jerry Roll – Dr. Dave’s Roll – Choo Choo Roll – Volcano Roll

I’ve tried many of their rolls and the above are just some of my favorites.  I joke and say all of the “Dr’s” are good – they have several rolls – Dr. Dave, Dr. larry, Dr. Bob and so on – they are all fantastic.  The volcano roll is always a must.  I could, and have, literally eaten the crab meat that comes on top of it as a meal itself.  It’s a pretty simple roll, but sometimes simple is the best.  If you are a fan of deep fried rolls (I only get them on occasion), the Vandy roll is great.  For a dessert-ish type of roll, go with the Choo Choo Roll – it has strawberries on it!

Some reviews I’ve read say the service leaves something to be desired, but I personally have never had an issue with it and I’ve been countless times.  I’ve gone on my lunch break without feeling like I had to rush back.  I also have ordered to-go many times and it’s always ready when they say it will be.  It’s a fairly small place, but have never had to wait for a table.  My biggest con, and it’s not even that big of a deal, is the parking.  Parallel parking on the street is almost the only option so you may have to search a bit for one.

Samurai has received several awards including LocalEats, The Nashville Scene and FourSquare awards.

Cost: $8-$15 per roll.
My usual: Always a vocano roll and something else.
Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Fri: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Sat: 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
Cons: Parking.
Location: 2209 Elliston PL, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.

Follow Samurai Sushi on Facebook where you’ll find their menu and other essential info.

Traveler. Freelance Writer. Blogger. Vegan. Risk Taker. Voice for the Voiceless.


  1. Sammi

    February 28, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    I have never had sushi.

    there isn’t a japanese restaurant here, and when i lived near one, my boyfriend at the time didn’t like japanese food!

  2. Adelina | Pack Me To

    February 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I would totally eat sushi for breakfast with you! I love sushi. It’s the biggest thing I miss when I’m traveling cause I can’t recreate it for myself. I would love to go to the market in Japan for breakfast sushi one day.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I’m loving all the sushi breakfast lovers! I’d love take a sushi class–that would be fun!

  3. Lindsay

    February 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    OK- TOO funny! I LOVE sushi in the morning! Sometimes, first thing! I get that from my mom. She could always eat full on dinner meals for breakfast! My husband thinks it’s gross. I’ve heard great things about Samurai. Maybe we can go sometime (after I have the baby!)?

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      haha YAY, I’m not alone! Yes, let’s definitely go after the baby 🙂

  4. Erin

    February 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    In college I started having issues with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and, as a result, had to start seeing a nutritionist. The best advice she ever gave me (besides to quit soda) was to think about breakfast food differently.

    Why couldn’t I have a tuna fish sandwich or chicken?
    What are there rules?

    We’ve been brain-washed to eat certain foods at certain times and, really, it’s silly. So eat that sushi girl! Knock yourself out. Because, in truth, it’s healthier than most “breakfast” options out there!

    Sounds like a great place. Excellent review 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Ahhh I’ve never heard to think of breakfast food differently for hypoglycemia–pretty cool!

      You’re right, sushi is a lot healthier than cereal, breakfast bars, etc.

      Thanks Erin! 🙂

  5. Marilyn Jones

    February 28, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I suddenly have a craving!!

  6. Bob R

    March 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    There is >>NOTHING<< gross about sushi for breakfast. Just don't wash it down with coffee.

  7. Gabor Kovacs

    March 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    This sushi plate looks amazing! I have to start reading your posts only after lunch or dinner:)

  8. Michelle

    March 2, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Mmm…I love sushi! There’s a few sushi restaurants in Germany but I find them better in North America! My favourites are the all you can eat sushi places 😀

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Thanks for commenting Michelle! It doesn’t seem like sushi would be very popular in Germany.

  9. Sharon

    March 4, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    That looks delicious!! We have sushi a lot. It’s quick, easy, healthy and the kids love it so why wouldn’t we!! There is great sushi in Australia too 🙂 In fact, a friend of mine has been living in Japan for many years now, and he wouldn’t let me eat sushi in Japan as he thought it was better in Australia and there were too many other fabulous things to try.

    Craving it for breakfast is a bit gross though 😉

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      That’s crazy that he thought Australia has better sushi than Japan-I guess I’ll have to try it there now too 🙂

  10. Michelle

    March 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    I LOVE sushi – would love to go to Japan and eat it there 🙂

    Since we live near London we are lucky to have sushi bars not too far from us. If we ever go to Nashville, we know where to go!

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