At the end of a long weekday, some nominal splurging on nearby Japanese food was in the cards.  I’d been to Sushi Abuse for lunch a few weeks ago while fighting a cold, and the sukiyaki hotpot had done an admirable job of lifting my spirits.  Meanwhile, Myra had enjoyed her takeout maki roll from the night before enough to warrant a day-after return.

It was a bit past 9pm when we arrived, and I might have ordered with my stomach more so than with my brain.  I hadn’t been to any of Shanghai’s higher-priced Japanese restaurants (like Kappo Yu and Oyama), and in general hadn’t had much sushi since arriving in China.  The sushi rice isn’t anything to write home about, by any stretch of the imagination, so I would stick close to the maki rolls.  The other fare was respectably tasty though, albeit creeping up towards stateside prices.

Agedashi tofu
Shrimp tempura (part of tempura combo)
Spinach salad with sesame and miso dressing
911 roll (spicy big eye tuna & mango; topped with avocado, flying fish roe, spicy sauce & mayo)
Volcano roll (spicy big eye tuna, cucumber, chili, carrot-chili sauce & dried fish flakes; topped with big eye tuna, spicy sauce & spring onions)

I was feeling the gyu don that night, and the egg on top added an unexpectedly tasty gooeyness.


Gyu don (comes with a miso soup)
Gyu don

There’s something or other in the restaurant’s mission statement about sustainability when it comes to sourcing fish, but I think it’s near-term challenge as far as its sushi goes might be to improve its rice quality.  Otherwise, its Japanese comfort food has been very pleasant, and the simple interior is at least as nice to eat in as the In-n-Out knock-off down the street.

Sushi Abuse
2/F, 98 Yanping Lu
Shanghai, Jing’an